“Are your rubberwood or bamboo worktops suitable for an outdoor kitchen?” Question of the Week 06.10.17
“Are your rubberwood or bamboo worktops suitable for an outdoor kitchen?”
We were recently sent a message from Alastair via Twitter. He wanted to know whether either our rubberwood or bamboo kitchen worktops would be suitable for outdoor use.
“Hi @WorktopExpress, would your rubberwood or bamboo 40mm stave worktops be suitable for an outdoor kitchen?”
Thanks for getting in touch with us via Twitter. Here’s an extended version of the response we sent to you.
Any wooden worktops can be used outside if they are given the correct type of treatment on a regular basis. We would recommend that an appropriate outdoor timber varnish or lacquer is used, which will fully seal the wood against moisture ingress. Changes in environmental temperature can occasionally lead natural timber products to slip or warp if not correctly treated.
Whichever form of treatment you use, it is recommended to occasionally sand the timber and re-apply a fresh coating in order to keep the hardwood fully protected.
The two worktops you mentioned – bamboo and rubberwood – are both very sustainable timbers that are well-suited to creating an outdoor kitchen. Bamboo is naturally one of the more water-resistant timbers, but the process in which bamboo worktops are made means they may be less stable than a solid hardwood such as rubberwood, maple or any of the other dense timbers in our collection.
We also sell a selection of table bases made from solid aluminium and cast iron, which may be suited to turning any of our worktops into a table for use outdoors. Our bases are very high quality and start at just £60.
We hope this information helps, but if you need any more advice, don’t hesitate to send us another Tweet or reply to this email.
All the best,
Ben @ Worktop Express
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