While choosing bamboo countertops, and before you buy, you will no doubt be doing your research, or have already done it, on the different types of countertops available and whether bamboo countertops are the best choice for you and your home or building project.
There are a few different types of tops for you to choose from such as laminate, hardwood, marble, and of course bamboo. If you like wood countertops it is likely that one made from bamboo would suit you equally well and it may be something that you are now happy to choose as an alternative to hardwood. If you are looking for something unique, bamboo would also suit you well as it has a natural beauty, grain, and colour that would make it unique from any other countertop even if it is made from bamboo.
Take note of the following tips when choosing bamboo countertops:
Being a natural product, bamboo may not suit an ultra modern décor unless you are combining your modern interior design with a traditional twist, such as with some Japanese type styles.
Consider your budget restraints. Bamboo countertops can sometimes be high prices in comparison to some other materials such as laminate. However, keep in mind that the durability and longevity of this product will mean you are making an investment in a countertop that will last for many years more than a cheap material.
When choosing bamboo countertops consider that these tops are relatively new on the market and therefore if you do like to be a bit unique. You will most likely find you are the first person among your circle of friends to get one. You can also boast that you have purchased an environmentally friendly and green counter or table top as bamboo has become the new ‘green’ in home furnishings and construction materials. Do check that your countertop has been manufactured and finished without the use of chemicals though, not all retailers are ‘green’ and just the word ‘bamboo’ does not necessarily mean that the processing has also been green. The seller will be able to tell you where the material was sourced and if it was prepared in an environmentally friendly way. Particularly important for food preparation surface is the information on no use of chemicals during this process.
As a natural surface, do remember that just like hardwood bamboo will not take kindly to having hot pans and ceramics placed on its surface, you will need something to set these onto so as not to damage the surface. If you are used to a surface that is resistant to hot items perhaps this is not the best product for you unless you are happy to change your habits.
Although these countertops will not need maintaining that often, they will need to have an oil or beeswax applied at a minimum of once per year, more often if it is likely to dry out or the original finish be wiped off sooner than that. Mind you, it does not take that long to apply the mineral oil or beeswax so it isn’t really a problem.
Be aware that as mentioned above, bamboo countertops are a relatively new product and therefore feedback and research is also relatively slim. If you buy from a well known stockist that also sells other bamboo products and is knowledgeable about the materials and sources, and if you can get access to feedback from previous customers, you will no doubt be sure to get a good quality product. Always read feedback, not only about the product but also about the retailer and their customer service.