Grothouse is proud to announce the addition of Morgan Furchner as Marketing Assistant at Grothouse. Reporting to the Chief Brand Officer, Morgan will support the marketing and branding initiatives for our wood countertops, butcherblock, and bar top product lines.
Please join us in welcoming Morgan to The Grothouse Team!
Experts in construction and related businesses are always looking for the next big trend in the building industry. Kitchens, in particular, make a great place to try out new and exciting ideas for counter tops. Who would’ve thought that wood counter tops, one of the oldest building materials, would turn into the next ‘in’ design style?
Through the booming ’90s, some great counter tops were made of tile. That progressed into stone tiles and, almost overnight, into granite cut tiles. However, even the pristine nature of granite slabs can become out-of-date and monotonous when overused.
In the age of sustainability and durability of products, wood products can certainly be a prominent eco-friendly choice. One of the many reasons is because of the excellent durability and versatility of wood. With proper forest management initiatives that are in place, wood can be a more sustainable product to utilize versus solid surfaces that are harvested from deep within the Earth. Also, wood provides an almost limitless variety in materials from local hardwoods to worldwide favorites like flat grain bamboo or zebra wood.
Wood also has many practical advantages as well. End grain construction has typically been used for cutting boards with good reason. Not only is it extremely durable, but it is also very forgiving of cutting and scratch marks. The porous nature of wood has also been proven to be more sanitary than even plastic in kitchen cooking areas. Plus, with proper care, a wood kitchen counter top will last for many decades, making it a viable investment for any home or business owner.
With an endless array of styles available, many home and business owners are finding wood is the best choice for their kitchen counter tops. From light wood varieties to darker custom finishes, and many different styles in between, wood offers an endless assortment of choices. With added options, drain boards and cutting boards can be incorporated right into wood kitchen counter tops.
For a wide variety of choices for your kitchen remodel, choose a leader in the lumber industry, The Grothouse Lumber Company. With a comprehensive warranty and years of industry service, the Grothouse Lumber Company is the premiere choice in commercial bar tops and wood kitchen counter tops. Click here to see all of the styles, finishes, and choices available!
We are often asked if wood countertops can be used with sinks and the simple answer is yes, at Grothouse, we craft wood counters with sinks every day. A quick look at our design gallery shows the beautiful kitchen designs with wood countertops containing sinks. There are many people that state wood and water do not mix, and considering that wood boats have been around for centuries, we disagree. It is simply a matter of understanding the science of wood, and proper engineering of the wood countertop finish.
Our wood countertops can be finished with food grade oil for direct chopping or our waterproof Durata® finish, regardless of finish type each sink cut out is specially crafted and treated to last a lifetime. Durata® finish is so waterproof, we use to seal our custom made wood sinks.
What sink is the best choice? Our preference is to use an undermount sink with wood countertops, as the water can be easily sweeped into the sink and not collect around the surface lip of overmount sinks. For countertops treated with Durata® finish, the sink type is not of significant concern. Concrete sinks should be properly cured prior to installing in a wooden countertop. Concrete shrinks when it cures and if the concrete is shrinking after securing to the counter, it could cause cracking and splitting of the wood surface.
Drainboards are often incorporated into wood countertops with sinks. Below are examples of drainboard, properly sloped to ensure the water drains into the sink.
Rest assured, your wood countertop can safely be used with a sink. To learn more about Grothouse wood surfaces, please visit www.glumber.com or call us at 877-268-5412