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Bob Vila Radio: The Pros and Cons of Butcher-Block Kitchen Counters

Natural and engineered stone were the most popular kitchen countertops for years and years, but that's changing, at least to a degree, as homeowners rediscover a time-honored kitchen classic—butcher block.

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Butcher block countertops are a popular choice for kitchens these days, but as with any countertop material, there are pros and cons to consider.

Butcher Block Pros and Cons

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Listen to BOB VILA ON BUTCHER BLOCK KITCHEN COUNTER PROS AND CONS or read below:

First, the pros: butcher block adds a touch of warmth to your kitchen, and it costs less than many other materials, including marble, soapstone, and even concrete. Another pro is that because wood weighs a lot less than stone, installation tends to be pretty straightforward, making it a project that some homeowners choose to DIY.

Now the cons…. To block stains, mold, and water damage, butcher block must be sealed as soon as it’s put into place, and it requires regular re-sealing thereafter (about once a month). There are literally dozens of ways to protect butcher block, but simply applying a few coats of food-safe mineral or walnut oil generally does the trick. The hardest part? Remembering to do it!

In the end, if you love the look and are willing to give wood countertops the extra TLC they need, butcher block makes an economical choice, and surprisingly long-lasting one too.

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