If you’ve had a wooden deck or staircase in a house for a few years, you probably won’t be shocked to hear that even hardwood can wear out relatively quickly. Elbows, sliding glasses, and palms leaning against excitement will affect the life of your table.
If you expect your table to be used frequently, it is in your best interest to make good material choices. Metal and hardwood are your best bets for longevity without sacrificing too much aesthetically.
Hardwoods withstand fluctuations in humidity and temperature, which can cause chipboard or smaller wood composites to warp and peel off quickly. If you want the best of the best woods, choose solid wood over hardwood.
Hardwood consists of a layer or a hardwood core on which a hardwood veneer lies. While you might not notice much of a difference in your early stages of use, layered veneers will warp and peel over time, showing cumulative damage.
Solid hardwood is made from a single, sturdy piece of wood so you will see far less warping or peeling. Hardwoods are also easier to maintain as they only require regular maintenance with a sealant such as wax or polyurethane.