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Look up at the ceiling over your head, and also think about the roof above it. You are lucky to have that shelter. Of course, you worked hard to afford it, but that point aside — someone else worked really hard to build it. Our point here is that without construction workers and contractors, we would not have homes in which to live. We all value our homes, and of course, we value the other buildings we spend time in, too. Everyone has a different way of showing their appreciation for this work. Our way is to write about construction on this blog. Your way could be reading about construction on this same blog!


Contractors Keep Us Sheltered

Three Woods That Make Stunning Counter Tops

by Glenda Perkins

Wood may not be the most common countertop material, but it certainly has its advantages. You can have it sanded down and refinished as needed, and it has a rustic, natural look that you simply can't duplicate with other materials. But what kind of wood should you use for your countertops? Here are three kinds of wood that tend to be good choices, both in terms of appearance and functionality. 

Black Walnut

Black walnut has a dark, rich color. People will often see it and assume it has been stained with a dark stain, but the look is actually natural. If you want dark counters, black walnut is an excellent choice. It is also really hard, which means it will stand up to wear and tear for longer before requiring refinishing. The only downside to black walnut is that it can be expensive. Black walnut trees, while not exactly rare, take a long time to grow and are not terribly abundant in the U.S.


If you prefer a lighter-colored wood for your counters, then cherry is a key wood to consider. It has a pale look with a slight, reddish-pink tint that sets it apart. As the wood ages, this red color becomes more prominent. Keep that in mind as you choose decor to pair with cherry counters. Cherry is strong, durable, and has a very straight grain, which gives it a tidy, polished look. It's also readily available and pretty affordable in terms of hardwoods.


Teak is a unique, tropical hardwood. Most teak sold in the U.S. is imported from Mexico, so it's relatively easy to find — although it can come with a hefty price tag. Teak has a medium, rich, brown color, and its grain is pretty obvious. Since it has a high natural oil content, it won't stain easily, and it won't retain moisture or rot easily either. This makes teak a good choice when you plan on mounting a sink in your wood counter. People even use it for the counters in their outdoor kitchens, so surely it can stand up to regular use in an indoor kitchen. 

Whether you want light wood countertops, dark wood countertops, or medium-toned wood counters, there is wood out there that can give you your preferred look. The woods mentioned above tend to be some of the most dependable and durable options, too. Visit a site like http://ambroserandahardwoods.com for more information.