|Teakwood is becoming an increasingly fashionable
choice for countertops in both the kitchen
and bath, especially in high end housing.
Grown on plantations in the East Indies,
teak has long been prized for its durability
and its warm, natural look. When properly
sealed, it is stain and water resistant.
Although more expensive than other wooden
countertops, it is a practical choice. Teak
countertops can be ordered in almost any
customized length and width, and they are
easy to install. Scratches, cut marks and
scorching simply add to its patina, or they
can be periodically sanded or scrapped out.
The cook can cut and chop right on the surface.
Teak is available from specialty manufacturers
who deal in exotic woods.
Consider the following if you
of buying teak countertops:
- Manufacturers usually seal teak with oil
to prevent it from absorbing moisture. Repeated
cleaning with soap and water will gradually
wear away the oil, so the teak needs to be
occasionally re-oiled with mineral oil. Teak
can be installed around a sink if care is
taken to keep the wood properly oiled.
- Teak countertops are heavy. Make sure that
the cabinets you are installing beneath them
can hold the countertop'sr weight. The countertops
are usually installed by gluing them to the
tops of the cabinets with silicone or epoxy
or by screwing them in from the underside.
Teak’s natural good looks are enhanced by
using other warm looking materials. Consider
installing pewter or copper faucets and sinks