Wood look is simply a generic term used for engineered laminate countertops that look like real wood. The objective of this item is to resemble and sound like real wood at a lower cost. The term wood kitchen countertop sounds a lot more expensive than it actually is. In reality this type of kitchen countertop is much less expensive than solid wood kitchen countertops.
A good wood material to use for the base of your wood kitchen countertop is particle board or laminates. These materials are great because they are very low maintenance and easy to clean, while still maintaining a high standard of beauty and durability. You can purchase this type of wood from many home improvement stores. Laminates also come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and designs.
Engineered wood laminate countertops have become very popular over the past few years because they are extremely durable and easy to clean. They are also very easy to install, thanks to their pre-manufactured parts. Most manufacturers offer installation guides and tips on how to properly install their products. This is important when you consider the fact that some laminate surfaces can be uneven in size. Because of the design of most laminate surfaces there may be cut lines or seams in the design. If not installed correctly, this can be a cosmetic problem, however when installed properly it can be a plus in terms of beauty.
A very popular type of laminate countertop is made out of quartz. Quartz is one of the hardest substances in existence and comes in a wide array of colors and patterns. Due to the nature of quartz it is very resistant to scratching and absorption by acidic foods and liquids. In fact, the only liquids that seem to be safe for quartz are those that are water based.
The cost of solid quartz countertops will vary greatly depending on the quality of the pieces and the amount of cutting and sanding that has been done to the piece. Many of the cheaper quartz countertops will still require quite a bit of sanding and maintenance. However, because they are so hard they will need to be replaced from time to time due to the wood being pulled down from the surface. For example, if someone puts a hot pot of soup on top of a quartz countertop that is scratched the countertop is going to be ruined. It will be damaged and unusable. The best quality quartz countertops however will not be susceptible to these problems and will outlast the person in terms of durability and appearance.
Another great option when looking for countertops that look like wood is granite. Since granite is somewhat more expensive than quartz, it will obviously be more expensive to install. However, it is a beautiful stone that will add a lot of value to any kitchen.
If money is not an issue for you then consider marble countertops. Like granite countertops, they are extremely durable and they will last a long time without having to be replaced. In fact, some of the newer flat top marble countertops can last up to 30 years or more without needing any additional attention or repairs. They also will require very little maintenance and you will not have to worry about them from cracking or chipping. They will simply look great and stay looking great.
Of all of the countertops that look like wood or stone, laminate may be the cheapest option. However, they are also the least durable of all the options and installing a laminate countertop can actually be more costly than installing a solid surface. It is important to remember that if you are trying to save money on your kitchen remodel you should not purchase laminate over marble, granite or wood. You will end up spending more money in the long run because laminate has less longevity than the other surfaces.