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Wood is unrivaled for its natural warmth and beauty.  To protect wood countertops from scratches stains and water damage, apply a film of finish of varnish or lacquer or oil it periodically. A film finish seals the wood, but it can crack and get water under it, which will cause peeling. You’ll have to sand and reapply the coating every year.  When stains or burns occur, they can be sanded away

Teak is an excellent selection for a wood countertop application. It’s handsome and wears well. Eastern hard rock sugar maple resists scratches, warping and uneven wearing.

2013 Cost vs. Value Report

Selected 2013 Cost vs. Value Report Statistics - Average Nationwide Return on Investment:

  • Deck addition – 77.3%
  • Major kitchen remodel – 59.7%
  • Bathroom remodel – 58.3%
  • New roof – 56.7%
  • Basement Remodel – 70.3%

Source: 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2013).