There is no doubt that wood countertops are warm, inviting, and beautiful. You can choose the wood, the color, and finish for them so they fit in your kitchen well. If you are having the countertops replaced, you should consider wooden ones from a place like Countertops & Laminated Specialties Inc. Here is just a bit of information on going with wood.
Once you have the countertops in place, you are going to need to have them sealed. This is more than just having a wax finish put on it. A wax finish is still porous, so liquids and tiny particles can still get into the wood and stain or damage it. In addition, a sealant will ensure that the wood retains the right amount of moisture to stay strong and healthy.
Wood is naturally resistant to bacteria. It will not feed on the wood itself. This makes a properly sealed wooden countertop sanitary. Of course, you will still have to clean it with an antibacterial cleanser after preparing anything directly on it to keep any bacteria from seeping into any cracks or crevices where the countertop meets the wall or sink.
You will need to reseal the countertop every once in a while to keep it from absorbing too much moisture and expanding. A good seal will also prevent the wood from drying out and becoming brittle. One of the benefits of a wooden countertop is that it can easily be repaired. If it does get stained, chipped, or cracked you can remove the sealant and finish, and then sand away the problem. Once you have removed the blemish you need to refinish and seal the area.
Wood is strong and durable. A countertop is made by gluing together many layers of wood to make it even stronger. Your countertop should last for many years. You will probably want to replace it for personal preference reasons before it will need to be replaced due to damage.
Go to a countertop showroom and see how beautiful the wooden ones are. Picture them in your kitchen. Decide whether you want the grain to be along the edge or on the ends. Once you know exactly what you want, have an installation technician come to your home to take measurements and place the order. It won't be long after that you will have gorgeous new counters that everyone will envy.