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Solid Wood Countertops

Aesthetics.

  • The wood countertops will grant your kitchen that natural warm appearance you always longed for. The wide variety of wood species that we offer translates into a similarly wide variety of colours and shades, allowing you to find the perfect match for your kitchen and home. Expressions of the Mother Nature’s play, individual variations in colour and grain patterns or individual marks will further add personality and make your top quite unique. Unlike many other materials that are heavily promoted by diverse fashion trends and then sooner or later enter a shadow cone, the solid wood, due to its friendly and familiar glow, remains a choice that will always be in fashion, no matter how the interior architecture will evolve. There is no man-made material that can compete with the hardwood’s naturalness, variety and beauty, neither there is another material that can better grant us that sense of “home comfort” the way the wood does. Needless to say, hardwood surfaces blend naturally with wood cabinetry and hardwood floorings, visually tying the kitchen together in a harmonious whole. Our designers are here and willing to help you find the right wood top with our free kitchen design service. 

Functionality.

  • Despite its hardness, the wood surface does not dull the knife-edges; and because it represents a natural material, with a minimum of chemical, synthetic components, it is extremely safe in contact with foods. The wood countertops become, thus, the Chef’s favourite option when it comes about cutting, slicing and chopping, for preparing and rolling dough, as well as for many other kitchen duties. The feedback we got from many customers, contractors and business partners suggests that no other countertop surface can offer a similar multi-functionality. The hardwood surfaces considerably attenuate the clatter even in the noisiest houses and provide a surface much gentler with porcelain, glass and crystal items than most other materials.

 

Durability.

  • If cared for, there is no reason your countertop wouldn’t last a lifetime. As a matter of fact, not only it is likely that your children will be using it, but, as it ages, the wood will get a more attractive look. The European beech, the oak and the maple that we proudly supply are counted among the most durable wood species available. Each and every lamella you can see within our wood tops was carefully selected before being processed into butcher block-type panels. Beside this fact, our full warranty against delamination will further reinforce the warranty for your countertop life span.

 

Easy maintenance.

  • The mineral oil that we recommend for finishing offers a fairly good overall protection. Most of the stains that might occur can be removed by using a moist cloth, while the persisting stains, scratches and scars will be easily removed by sanding the area where they occur. A new coat of oil will make your countertop look new again; in fact, the wood countertop represents the only renewable area from your entire kitchen.

Hygiene.

  • Scientific studies proved that the wood surfaces are much less prone to bacterial colonization than plastic, laminate or stainless steel surfaces. The studies, aiming at micro organisms such as Escherichia coli, Staphylococus aureus, Campylobacter jejunii, Listeria monocytogines, Salmonella sp. that constitute the cause for the most frequent food diseases found that while the great majority of solid surfaces (including polyester plastic, laminates and granite) allowed the bacteria to persist and multiply (although they were easily cleaned and disinfected), the wood surfaces killed the bacteria within 3 minutes, without any external intervention. These bactericide properties the wood chemical structure strongly exhibits are likely to promote the wood tops as the first choice of a health-conscious person.

Versatility.

  • Not only the wood countertop does allow a wide variety of options regarding the edge profiles, but it also matches the most integrated kitchen solutions (like granite insertions, stainless steel grids, drain boards or knife slots or holders, etc). Hardwood surfaces can be used as an island top, as a section of countertop, as an inserted kitchen cover or as a butcher block hidden under the countertop that can be pulled like a drawer. Your imagination will surely find plenty of other interesting, nice-looking applications.

Price.

  • The average price for wood countertops falls far below the prices of granite, marble, solid surface, tile, concrete or steel tops. As long as don’t want to spent your entire kitchen allowance on countertops, but you also want something different than laminates, than look no further; since the solid wood appears to be the most affordable material you can use. If we are to define the quality as a specific blend of aesthetics and functionality, then we strongly believe that the solid wood countertops would offer the best price/quality ratio. This is a fact that we tried to emphasize in the table below, by listing very briefly the most relevant pros and cons for the main materials you might consider for your kitchen tops

Questions for your Contractor

Although kitchen and bath cabinets along with countertops are a huge part of your kitchen remodel having a contractor that you trust is incredibly important for the remodel to go smoothly. Below we’ve gathered some questions to ask your contractor before signing on with them:

1. How long have you been in the home building and remodeling business?

2. Who is on your staff? – Are they a full-service company, or do they sub-contract elements of the job?

3. If they use subs, who are your sub-contractors?– For example plumbers, electricians, tile work, etc.

4. Will I have a project manager on-site or is there a particular contact within the company? – You want a single point person if you have questions that need immediate answers!

5. How do you handle change orders? – The approval process, additional fees, timelines, etc.

6. What is your payment procedure, how often do you invoice? – Deposit, milestone payments, monthly, bi-monthly payments, etc.

7. Will you itemize your estimate? – Ask for an itemized list include demolition, framing and finish work, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, etc. Is your bid an estimate or a fixed cost? Make sure you know before you sign a contract.

8. Can you provide references? Ask for three.

9. Has your company built any projects/homes like this one?

10. Are you fully licensed, bonded and insured?

11. Why are you interested in our project, what are your qualifications? A project goes much more smoothly if you have a connection with your contractor. Personality and rapport is important!

What To Ask A Remodeling Contractor About Your Project:
12. What is our specific project schedule? – Don’t begin a project without a detailed timeline including days and times workers will be on site and what tasks are to be accomplished by a specific date.

13. How will you protect my home and property? – Have this conversation before anything happens! Make sure that your contractor will seal rooms for dust, ask who will move large items and remove books, art etc..

14. What’s the best way to communicate if I have concerns? – Email, phone, text, make sure you have a way to get in touch, immediately if necessary!.

15. Is there something that concerns you about my project? – Ask this early. Hidden surprises can blow up a budget. Ask your contractor if there may be hidden issues and what it might cost to remedy them.

16. How will you let me know if there’s a decision to be made? – There are decisions that happen throughout a project. Make sure you have a clear method and timetable for making critical decisions.

17. Can I reach you after hours? – Make sure you can get in touch at any time. Pipes break, stuff happens! Make sure you can reach your contractor if an emergency happens after hours.

18. Will you need me to be available regularly to meet? – Some contractors like to have a weekly meeting to go over progress. For example, when the electrical boxes are set and can lights are placed to check placement before wires are run.

19. What documentation will I receive upon completion? – Ask about “end of project” paperwork. You should receive lien releases, marked up plans with as-built like electrical and utilities showing shut offs, copies of permits and inspection reports, list of subs and contact info, etc. Knowing what you’ll receive before you start, will make sure you have everything you need at the end of the job! Include all appliance manuals, warranties, and care information!

20. What type of warranty do you provide on your work and how long is it covered? – Most contractors offer warranties on their work, Ask your contractor what they will stand behind, how long they will cover their work, and what happens after the warranty is up!

 

When letting someone into your Omaha home to install your new cabinets and countertops getting a person trustworthy is key to the success of your remodel. Here at Cabinet Factory Outlet we have a list of contractors we can refer you to. We’ve been working with these guys for years and would be happy to help you find the right contractor for your kitchen or bath remodel.