Installing kitchen bamboo countertops can create the stylish and unique look for the kitchen area. Bamboo countertops are constructed from bamboo plywood and offer a look similar to butcher block. Bamboo is an environmentally friendly choice, since it is a renewable resource, and reasonably attractive. It is not, however, resistant to heat, which means it can be damaged from hot pots and pans in the kitchen. A bamboo countertop can also be fairly expensive, though it is usually on par with hardwoods in terms of price. A builder on a budget might want to consider a laminate countertop instead. While a bamboo countertop is generally an economically friendly choice, this material may still be treated with chemicals during processing.
It is best to look for bamboo countertops that have not been treated with chemicals, but have instead been left close to their natural states. Some oils are safe to use, and are in fact great to use to prolong the life of the bamboo. Mineral oil or tung oil, for example, will help prolong the life of the material without risking toxicity or danger to foods being placed on the countertops. Bamboo is naturally antibacterial, which makes it a great choice for use in the kitchen.