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Butcher Block Countertop Prices
Just as the name suggests, butcher block countertops were originally simply giant cutting boards used by butchers for chopping meat. Now, they’re fashionable for creating a warm, cozy look in traditional or modern kitchens.
Butcher block countertops are attractive, durable, and economical. Despite what many people think, they’re easily sanitized with a simple cleaning regimen. They’re both practical and functional; however, they do require more maintenance and upkeep than other types of countertops.
You can opt for butcher block counters throughout the entire kitchen. Or, you can opt butcher block counters in some areas of the kitchen and a material like granite or stone in other areas. The combination of surfaces creates a unique look.
About Butcher Block Countertops
Butcher block countertops are available in many different types of wood, including maple, oak, cherry and walnut. Maple is the most common because it is sturdy and affordable.
One of the most important decisions you will make in choosing butcher block counters is whether to have them sealed. Left unsealed, butcher block counters are more prone to scratches, dents, and water damage. However, unsealed countertops can also double as a cutting board for buyers who appreciate the distressed look.
Keep in mind that butcher block countertops need to be sealed near the sink area. The oil that is used to polish and protect your butcher block counters doesn’t mix well with water. Repeated exposure to water can cause cracking, warping, and discoloration.
Butcher Block Countertop Average Costs
The price of a butcher block countertop depends so many variables: the size and shape of the counter, the species of wood, thickness, finish and how many cutouts you need.
- Prices start at about $30 to $35 per square foot for 1 1/2-inch thick hard maple. If you have 30 square feet of counter space - which is fairly standard - budget about $1,000 to $1,500 for the countertops and installation.
- Higher quality woods and thicker countertops are more expensive. You could end up paying about $50 to $90 per square foot for countertops made from high quality wood that are up to 4 inches thick.
However, try not to focus too much on the price per square foot. It may or may not include the cost of installation, upgrades like decorative edges and services like removal of your old countertops. You’re better off asking for a quote that details the entire project cost.
It’s also important not to make your decision solely on price. The lowest bid doesn’t always end up being the best value. Look for a company with a long history in the business and a favorable track record.
Maintaining Your Butcher Block Countertops
Butcher block countertops are easy to clean. Simply use warm water and soap or a mild cleanser; then dry the counters well. However, because wood is so porous, it’s best to clean up spills immediately to avoid staining.
Unsealed butcher block countertops need to be oiled on a regular basis to prevent cracking and splitting. Mineral oil works well. However, if cracks do develop, simply use a wood filler to repair them.
Unlike other types of countertops, knife marks and signs of wear can be removed from butcher block countertops. Simply sand them down and apply a new layer of oil.