3 Advantages of Concrete Countertops
Kitchen countertops come in a range of materials to fit any style and budget.
From affordable options — such as laminate, ceramic tile and butcher block — to pricey ones — such as granite, marble and quartz — there’s something for every homeowner.
However, the unmatched combination of beauty, durability and versatility have made concrete today’s popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops.
Here are three reasons why.
1. They’re loaded with options.
Concrete countertops are a DIY-friendly project that gives homeowners the flexibility to make completely unique countertops to fit their style, personality and taste, in any shape, size, thickness, color, texture or configuration.
We poured this countertop with Quikrete Countertop Mix in a form built from melamine board. The mix contains a plasticizer additive that helps the concrete flow better and it’s less likely to shrink, crack or have air bubbles. The result is a gorgeous countertop with a smooth finish that is simply flipped over and placed on top of the counter.
Homeowners interested in giving their concrete countertops even more personal flare can add integral color into the Quikrete Countertop Mix or embellish the surface with glass, stone or tile.
Finally, making concrete countertops yourself through this form-and-place process is easier than pouring them in place and costs a fraction of hiring a contractor to install.
2. They provide a focal point.
Concrete countertops offer endless customization and make a statement in your kitchen or bathroom.
Stony gray is a common selection, but you could stain or paint your concrete countertop to complement the surrounding room design.
And you can texture the surface by grinding the face to expose the aggregate in the concrete for an industrial feel, or polish the surface for a more modern look.
The slab can be an inch or so thick like other countertops, or it can add visual weight to the room’s interior design — it’s not uncommon to see, say, a six-inch-thick concrete countertop.
Why limit yourself to the top of the counter? Homeowners seeking a real conversation piece in the kitchen can make an entire island from concrete — and then place concrete pendant lights overhead to complete the look!
3. They age well.
Concrete countertops are durable, can enhance your home for decades — and last the life of your home — if routinely sealed and maintained.
Like any countertop, concrete requires regular maintenance with non-abrasive cleaners to protect the seal.
And the best defense is a good offense, so take precautions and you’ll avoid problems!
For instance, chopping tomatoes? Grab a cutting board to prevent stains and surface damage, and quickly clean any messes.
Concrete countertops need to be sealed every one to three years and waxed every month, for optimal appearance, use and longevity.
And when these well-maintained countertops do age, they’ll do so in style, because concrete develops a patina — a natural, glossy film that results from use and exposure, giving the countertop more character and boosting its value.
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