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What is the average life expectancy of a wood (butcher block) countertop?
Monday, June 29, 2020
How long does a wood (butcher block) countertop last?
You can expect a wood (butcher block) countertop to last 60 years or more with normal care. Use of the countertop as a cutting surface will lower life expectancy to about 20 years or less. Regular application of food-safe oil is necessary to maintain water resistance of the surface. Also, the surface can to sanded and refinished as stains accumulate over time.
Here’s a bar graph that compares the life expectancy of a wood countertop to other available materials.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about KITCHENS:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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