“Are your timber worktops kiln dried?” Question of the Week 24.01.15
‘Are your timber worktops kiln dried?’
January’s fourth ‘Question of the Week’ was sent in by Martin from Carmarthen, who wants to know exactly how our timber worktops are dried and whether they are naturally or kiln dried.QUESTION: “I am planning on buying your worktops but have noticed that you don’t list how long the worktops have been seasoned or dried for. I spent a lot of money on 5 year naturally dried oak timber flooring from another company and within 5 weeks of laying it had warped – will the same happen to your worktops?” ANSWER:
Thanks for taking the time to get in touch with us, you are right to be concerned about the drying techniques used for any wooden product, as if they are dried using the wrong techniques, it can have a drastic effect on the quality.
All the staves used to construct our worktops are kiln dried, which we believe is best for the worktops as it enhances the durability and protects against decay, fungal infections or other infestations that can affect naturally-dried wood. When wood is dried naturally, it can sometimes dry unevenly or insufficiently which is what leads to shrinking, cracks and warping.
The kilns used to dry our timber are linked to sensors which shuts the kiln down once the timber has reached its optimum moisture level.
As the solid wood used to construct our worktops is a natural product, if the correct maintenance/installation procedures are not followed, there is a slim chance that bowing can occur (due to the natural contraction and expansion that occurs due to a changes in humidity in the local environment). Fortunately this is a rare occurrence, and we provide a wealth of information on installation and maintenance to help you care for your worktops correctly. Please take a look at our installation and Aftercare page for more insight.
For further details of the kiln drying process our timber undergoes, please read our ‘Why is Kiln Dried Wood Best for Worktops?’ information guide.
We recommend that you use Rustins Danish Oil to regularly maintain and protect a worktop, whilst providing a hard-wearing finish. For further information on oiling in particular, please read our Oiling Worktops Nutshell Guide.
All of our worktops come with a 6 month guarantee, but if you have any issues during this period, we ask that you contact our customer support team directly for further assistance.
I hope this allays any concerns you may have about properly dried timber. If you do have any further questions however, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
All the best,
Ben @ Worktop Express
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