Wood imbues any space with a warm and cozy feeling that is difficult for other materials to match, however, many homeowners shy away from installing wood countertops in a moisture-rich environment such as the bathroom. Images of warped, water-damaged wood are hard to erase, but modern technology and recent discoveries now give homeowners the opportunity to have beautiful wood bathroom countertops without fear of moisture damage.
As a successful Atlanta countertop company with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, we appreciate the beauty of a wood surface. Below are some reasons why you should not hesitate to install a wood counter in your bathroom.
Sealing Wood Against Moisture
There are different finishes available today that will ensure a water-resistant wood counter. One combination (beeswax, lemon oil and mineral oil) works quite well to prevent moisture from penetrating to the wood surface. Some manufacturers and installers prefer a mixture of tung and linseed oils combined with beeswax and citrus. With both sealing methods, you need to wipe and dry spills immediately to avoid spots and water marks from forming.
Choose Naturally Water-Resistant Wood
Some species of wood naturally stand up to moisture better than others. These would include mahogany, redwood, teak, white oak and yellow cedar. Keep in mind that you still need to seal counters made from these types of wood, but their natural ability to resist water means they will retain their good looks longer with minimum, common-sense care.
Use Reclaimed Wood
For a rustic look, consider using reclaimed wood for your bathroom counter. You don’t have to worry about damaging the wood surface as reclaimed wood has plenty of nicks, gouges, spots and marks already. In fact, these imperfections are a significant part of the appeal of reclaimed wood.
Using wood that has been treated with a waterproof varnish is another care-free option to consider. Coating wood with this material is a lengthy and exact process that will greatly increase the cost of your wood countertop. The result is a reflective, smooth finish that requires virtually no special care to maintain.
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