Concrete countertops are becoming more and more popular in the home remodeling industry. What many don’t know is that it’s not only beautiful but has tremendous benefits as well. Due to the characteristics, a concrete countertop is much more beneficial when compared to common alternatives. It’s eco friendly, easy to maintain, durable and less expensive.
There is an abundance of design options when it comes to concrete countertops. So you can create your countertop specific to your personal style including color, a custom edge and making it any shape or size you want.
Color options can come in anything from white, black, grey, brown, blue, red, yellow, green and orange. So whether you’re looking for something that will add high design to your home or compliment your restaurants theme, look no further.
Colors can be applied through the entire mix or to the surface of cured concrete with stains or dyes. Concrete colors also have the ability to mimic costly materials like marble, granite and stone.
There are plenty of options when it comes to finishes as well.
A marble or veined finish gives a concrete countertop the look of high end granite or marble. Veined finishes can be accomplished by casting voids in the concrete and later filling them in with colored grout.
A Wood-grained finish is achieved by using a technique called board forming which involves casting concrete in forms lined with real wood planks leaving the finished concrete surface with the roughened wood grain texture.
Hand troweled finish allows you to create a variety of textures from smooth to rough. This technique allows you to achieve the look of natural stone with varying depths and textures.
Polished or sanded finish results in a smooth flawless finish replicating a glass like surface similar to porcelain or marble.
Exposed aggregate finish creates a dramatic and unique finish. The process begins by seeding the concrete mix with pieces of decorative colored stone or glass. After the countertop is cast re-touching the surface with a grinder will expose the aggregate giving it a gem like luster. To complete the look seal the surface with a high-gloss sealer.
Concrete countertops are an excellent choice for an outdoor kitchen as well. Due to its natural weather resistance, it withstands the elements better than granite or tile. Shape, texture and style can be customized to your personal style and entertainment needs.
Concrete countertops are also gaining popularity in bathrooms as well. This is normally a room to start in if you’re new to concrete countertops or unsure if you’ll like them. This is a smaller room that’s not a focal point in the house so it’s a perfect place to try it out. You’ll be surprised at the endless options of customization for the bathroom when it comes to concrete countertops. You can even incorporate your sink right into the precast mold of your countertop so it’s all in one as shown below.
Concrete countertops could last a lifetime due to their durability. Concrete is also a recyclable material due to its natural composition and is much more sustainable than other options such as granite or marble which are nonrenewable materials.
Concrete is both heat and scratch resistant so this also makes it an appealing functional choice for the kitchen. Concrete Countertops that are properly sealed are easily cleaned with a mild cleanser and cloth.
Whether you’re design style is industrial, rustic, contemporary or modern farmhouse. Concrete countertops can fit into any one of these design platforms. With the diversity of these countertops they not only provide great function, but a beautiful focal point tying all your pieces together.