Advantages of Concrete Countertops
Concrete countertops are one of the best choices a homeowner can make when it comes to kitchen and bathroom countertops. Concrete is one of the most durable of all building materials. It's the foundation of our homes and roads, so why not make it the choice for your countertops too? It's so durable and strong that you won't have to worry about replacing it for decades.
For many years, concrete was unheard of as a countertop material choice. But as it breaks out into the countertop scene, it is becoming more and more popular as homeowners realize the many benefits of a concrete counter - including a lower price than other countertop types (like granite, for example). If you are looking for the most durable material and the most choice in design, then concrete countertops are for you.
Here are some additional advantages of concrete countertops:
Durability and Strength
Concrete countertops resist all types of damage including chipping, cracking, scratching, staining and more. Because concrete countertops are finished with a protective sealer, they are great at resisting stains. It is recommended to use trivets for putting down extremely hot pots and pans and using a cutting board when slicing and dicing with a very sharp knife. With proper care, concrete countertops can last more than 20 years with no major problems.
Depending on the exact size and design of your countertop, it's possible to have a seamless concrete countertop.
Endless Styling Options
From color choices to shine, the possibilities are truly endless with concrete countertops. A concrete artist or finisher can help you design and choose the best colors for your countertop. You can design your countertop to replicate the look of granite or marble or choose a terrazzo-styled design which incorporates small chips of glass or colored stone into the countertops. Another popular style is the vein look, which is the most natural looking and will hide any small hairline cracks which might occur over time. You can also create any shape that you want. The semi-circle shaped countertop pictured above is just one example of a countertop shape that can add personality and uniqueness to your design. You can even choose the design of the edges of the countertops to be straight or round.
Easy to Clean
Concrete countertops are easy to clean as long as they have been installed and sealed properly. Warm, soapy water is the best way to wipe up the countertop. For heavier cleaning, follow the directions from your concrete installer or use a pH cleaner that won't harm the sealer.
The actual cost of the concrete countertop is less than granite; in fact, it is about half the price. But keep in mind that the finishing of the countertop could end up costing you more than granite tops, depending on the level of design you choose. The more skilled the artist you hire and the more detailed the design you choose, the higher the price will be. Installation of the tops costs on average from $40-$50 an hour. Find a concrete contractor to give you a free estimate on countertops for your home. Any additional specifications, such as an irregular shaped counter or thicker than average top, will also increase the price. Other considerations that will affect the price include whether you choose to have the countertop made in a shop or poured right at your home. Sometimes the shop-made tops can cost more because of the careful shipping involved to bring it to your home safely.
All of these great advantages of concrete countertops will only hold true if they are installed properly by an experienced contractor. An improper sealing job will mean that stains will set into your countertops. Prevent problems and hire an experienced contractor. Take good care of your tops and there will be virtually no maintenance, and you won't have to worry about replacing them for years!