Choosing a Wood Countertop Sealer

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If you are looking for ways to restore and protect the beauty of your wood countertop, then look no further than The Countertop Company. We specialize in sealing and protecting countertops of all types, including wood. At The Countertop Company, we offer two types of sealers: impregnating and enhancing sealers. In this blog post, we will discuss why it is important to seal your wood countertop, the benefits of each type of sealer, and some common misconceptions about sealers.

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Types of Wood Countertop Sealers

When considering which type of sealer is best for your wood countertop, it’s important to understand the differences between them. There are mainly two types of sealers: penetrating sealers and surface coatings.

Penetrating Sealers are designed to penetrate deep into the wood grain, providing protection from water and other liquids while allowing vapors such as steam or alcohol to pass through. Penetrating sealers tend to be more expensive than surface coatings but provide better protection against spills and stains. They also enhance the color of the wood and bring out its natural beauty.

Surface Coatings

For those who are looking for a less expensive option, surface coatings may be a better choice. Surface coatings provide a protective barrier on top of the wood countertop, protecting it from scratches, dents, and everyday wear-and-tear. However, unlike penetrating sealers, these types of sealers may require frequent reapplication as they tend to wear off over time.

Penetrating Sealers

When choosing a sealer for your wood countertop at The Countertop Company we typically recommend using a penetrating sealer due its superior protection against spills and stains as well as its long-lasting effects—but ultimately it comes down to personal preference! We always encourage our customers to do their research so that they can make an informed decision about which type of sealer is best suited for their needs.

Impregnating Sealers

Impregnating sealers are designed to penetrate the surface of your countertop. This helps to protect it from spills, stains, heat damage, and other wear-and-tear that can occur over time. Impregnating sealers also help to preserve the natural look and feel of your wood countertop without changing its color or texture.

Enhancing Sealers

In contrast with impregnating sealers, enhancing sealers add an additional layer on top of the existing surface. This helps protect against scratches and other damaging elements that can affect the appearance of your wood countertop over time. These types of sealers also add a bit more shine to bring out the natural beauty of the wood grain even more than before.

Misconceptions About Sealers

Despite popular belief, neither type of sealer will make your countertop completely waterproof or prevent it from ever needing refinishing again. Both impregnating and enhancing sealers should be reapplied every 3-5 years to maintain their protective qualities. Additionally, these types of sealer will not prevent chips or cracks from appearing in a damaged piece. For this reason, it is always best to have any major repairs done by a professional service like The Countertop Company.

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New High Performance Protective Treatments

The Countertop Company in California has developed high performance protective treatments for sealing wood countertops that are guaranteed to last longer than impregnating sealers, offering the added benefit of both etch and stain protection. The treatments work by creating a protective barrier consisting of several layers which form a coating that will increase resistance and durability, providing greater peace of mind that your countertop is preserved. The combined strength and long-term performance ensure optimal protection, making this an ideal investment to protect costly surfaces that otherwise can be damaged over time.

Invest in Professional Sealing and Protection Services

Investing in a professional sealing and protection service is worth your time and money, as it can save you from costly replacement or repair work down the track. Professionals are skilled in applying specialized sealers and clear coatings to restore the look of even older, more worn surfaces. This protective coating can also guard against water damage, discoloration and unwanted scratches–making them a great choice for kitchens which see plenty of daily use. The team at The Countertop Company can also offer helpful advice on general care maintenance tips, such as regular cleaning and refinishing processes, so that you’re able to keep up with optimum product performance over time.

At The Countertop Company we understand how important it is to choose the right type of sealer for your wood countertop to get maximum protection while still preserving its natural beauty and texture–that’s why we are here! We offer both impregnating and enhancing seals that can help ensure that your countertops stay looking beautiful for years to come. For more information about our services or if you would like us to come out and assess your countertops for sealing, contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!