Consider the Durability of Concrete Countertops Consider the Durability of Concrete Countertops

There are many materials to choose from for those homeowners installing or redesigning kitchen and bathroom countertops, from marble and stone to wood and tile. Many homeowners, however, are unaware of the fact that concrete can be an attractive, and durable, alternative, to these more traditional choices.

Concrete kitchen and bathroom countertops have a number of important advantages over marble, tile, stainless steel, wood and synthetic materials. One of the chief advantages of the concrete countertop is its ability to create a truly unique look and feel for the room.

Accenting Concrete

In addition, the special advantages of using concrete include the ability to embed practical and stylish accents into the concrete as it is being installed. For instance, ceramic or porcelain tiles can be embedded into the concrete, providing a heat resistant surface for cooking as well as a stylish accent. Cutting boards and kitchen trivets can be embedded into the concrete countertop as well, making it even more practical and useful.

It is even possible to cast the sink directly into the concrete countertop for an attractive and practical touch. If a direct cast sink is not for you, a surface or below counter mounted sink can also be included as part of the concrete countertop installation.

Price

When it comes to price, concrete is comparable to materials like marble and granite in their price per square foot. The price of the installation will of course be affected by the addition of embedded objects such as cutting boards or trivets, and by the complexity of the installation and the contractor you choose. It is important to discuss these details with the installation contractor before making a final decision.

After the concrete kitchen or bathroom countertop is in place, the edges can be finished using traditional styling, making the finished countertops just as stylish and beautiful as granite, marble or tile. In addition, other materials, such as strips of stainless steel, wood or brass, can be inlaid into the countertop for additional style and elegance.

Color

The color of the concrete countertops can be just as beautiful and as varied as tile, marble, stone or other materials. The color is added to the concrete through the introduction of color pigments as the concrete is being mixed. This means that the color cannot wear off or fade, since it is actually an integral part of the countertop.

When thinking about a concrete countertop, it is important to keep in mind that the concrete used for such installations is quite different from traditional countertops. The concrete used for kitchen and bathroom countertops will include composite materials, fiberglass and other materials to provide additional strength to the finished countertop.

It is also important to keep in mind that concrete countertops are generally not recommended for use outdoors. This is because concrete can be adversely affected by freezing in cold weather and UV rays in warm weather. This freezing and sun damage can have a negative impact on the surface of the countertop. It is also important not to cut directly on a concrete countertop, and that is why such countertops often include an embedded cutting board or marble cutting surface. Cutting directly on the concrete countertop can cause scratches and also dull the edge of the knife. It is best to avoid placing hot objects directly on the concrete countertop as well, and instead use an embedded stone or stainless steel surface.

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