Black American Walnut Upstand
The superior quality and stunning range of timbers on offer at Worktop Express® allows us to furnish a comprehensive range of worktop options, including the customisation of your solid wood worktops with various accessories and services.
Solid wood upstands — available in each timber — are part of our accessories range. In this article, we’d like to give some insight into how an upstand can allow you to truly accommodate and enjoy the glorious natural wood of your worktop.
A unique natural material
Each timber is different but all share several key properties, such as their unique beauty and natural sturdiness. These features are integral to creating the attractive, hardwearing worktops we sell, and it is therefore vitally important to us to source only the very best of each species for our worktops.
However, there are a few other things to bear in mind when considering the organic features of the wood. The structure of this natural material — incorporating many minute, tube-like strands — means that it responds organically to its immediate environment. Temperature and dampness have a particular impact. Indeed, changes in humidity — a regular occurrence in a kitchen — cause the wood to absorb or lose moisture through its tiny, tube-like network.
Accommodating the expansion gap
Alterations in humidity will cause the wood to change in size: shrinking when moisture is lost and expanding when absorbed. This creates the need for an ‘expansion gap’ — a term you may well be familiar with. We advise customers to leave a gap of 3-4mm between worktops and any adjacent surfaces to allow for this expansion/shrinkage.
In this instance, we also recommend that our customers purchase an upstand, which will provide seamless coverage of the gap.
When purchasing an upstand you are opting not only for coverage but also prevention. As discussed, wood is a reactive material – however, it really is very easy to keep your worktop in perfect condition. Provided the worktops are oiled and maintained as we suggest to create a water-resistant surface, little more is required (please view our DIY aftercare guide or pre-oiling information guide for correct maintenance procedures). Furthermore, upstands provide an extra measure of protection; acting as a ‘barrier’, these items prevent moisture from forming behind your kitchen worktop.
Our sleek, solid timber upstands are treated in exactly the same way as the worktops, ensuring the same high-quality finish. The addition of an upstand allows the worktop to meld flawlessly with the wall, creating a slick, polished appearance.
We hope this evaluation has gone some way to answering the queries you might have.
Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us: we’re here to help.