If you‘re thinking of using stainless steel, especially for an island, you may be able to save money by investigating what restaurant supply companies have to offer. Lots of professional kitchens use a standalone stainless steel table as a work station and this may suit your needs at a much lower cost.
Most wood countertops are made from pieces of hardwood that are laminated together with glue for strength and stability, says This Old House. That said, wood countertops are affected by changes in atmospheric moisture, so if they‘re not properly constructed, installed, and maintained, they can warp or gap.
Like other wood countertops, live edge counters look better with age as long as they are cared for. When choosing a live edge piece, look for wood from a builder or craftsman who air dries the wood for a number of years and kiln dries it to lower its moisture levels.