Installing Moisture Barriers in Oak Kitchens
It is without doubt that oak kitchens look absolutely stunning when compared to cheap composite alternatives, but solid wood does need to be carefully looked after if you are to get many years of enjoyment out of the kitchen.
If you decide to include wooden worktops in your new kitchen and intend to install appliances underneath that will radiate excess heat or moisture (such as washing machines, dishwashers or cookers), we recommend a worktop moisture barrier to protect the timber from excess moisture. Such a barrier can also be affixed to the side of solid wood cabinets in order to protect them if located next to a range cooker.
Our moisture barriers are provided in 1M x 750mm x 3mm sheets, which can be attached easily to a worktop or cabinet panel using general purpose silicone sealant. Additional moisture barrier tape is also provided to seal the edges of the moisture barrier so that moisture does not degrade the silicone bond.
Once installed, you should find that moisture barriers will last for many years if correctly fitted. We recommend checking and cleaning your moisture barrier once a year in order to maintain it.