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Teak Countertops

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 are thinking 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

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