Wood is arguably one of the oldest building materials known. It has been used for almost everything and it comes as no surprise that several NYC kitchen remodeling plans have included, and still do include, wood in several aspects of the kitchen. Wood is a traditional material which has declined in popularity for countertop usage because of the appearance and quick rise in popularity of other materials such as granite.
Another reason people avoided wood for counters was because of the mistaken perception about wood which led to people believing that it was a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. This is untrue as wooden cutting boards are actually safer than most plastic cutting boards as it in inhospitable to bacteria.
Wood is a very beautiful material that can make all the difference in your kitchen. Most countertops made of wood consist of maple, hardwood, and oak to name a few. The problem with wood is that it requires more maintenance than other countertops. There are seals which can last years before needing reapplication but to bring out the true beauty of wood, some people maintain an oiled surface that needs to be reapplied every month.
Wood offers a unique look which can set the mood in the kitchen like no other material. They provide a cozy traditional feel while being as efficient and as hygienic as other professional kitchen counters. The price of wood depends on what kind you use but they are usually available at the same price as granite. Expect to spend between $100 to $200 per sq ft.