If you are looking for a worktop surface which is both functional, yet attractive to look at, you would be well advised to take a closer look at iroko worktops. Often called African teak, iroko possesses several qualities which make it a great material from which to construct a kitchen worktop. In this article we will examine these attributes in more detail, focusing on both iroko’s visual appeal and its toughness.
Let’s begin by focussing on the aesthetic appeal of an iroko worktop. Iroko is a beautiful hardwood. When it is first fitted, the timber gives off a buttery yellow hue, but this evolves over time. Once the worktop has been in place for a while the colour is more of a rich brown. Most people would agree that iroko looks better with age.
Iroko counters are often installed in modern kitchen designs, but it would also look good in a traditional kitchen, providing the other design elements do not overpower it.
In addition to being nice to look at, iroko is also very functional. Traditionally used in the African boat building industry, iroko is exceedingly tough and it is more resistant to water than most other timbers. Iroko is often compared to teak because they are both very durable. This obviously makes iroko a good material for a kitchen worktop.
Although iroko is both tough and attractive, it is not costly. Yes, it will be more expensive than a laminate surface, but it is considerably cheaper than a lot other wood counters, teak and maple for example, and much more cost effective than granite and most solid surfaces.
If you decide to opt for iroko, it is important to double check that the timber has been sourced from a renewable, sustainable source. A lot of the iroko lumber than makes its way onto the market is from unsustainable sources and these are contributing to deforestation and the destruction of important natural habitats.