The material is frequently used in foundations, stairs, and backyard patios. Longevity resistance and... sustainability make it a new favorite of many homeowners as their kitchen countertops choice. Concrete is known as one of the strongest materials on the market due to the tricalcium silicate compound. Another advantage of concrete as a great countertop material is budget - friendliness and almost an effortless install: you do not need to be a pro to install your own concrete countertop.
Let's take a look at some pros of concrete countertops.
Concrete is produced from raw materials; it is the most popular material in the world and can be found anywhere on earth. Unlike a granite slab, you need to pre-order or go to a granite showroom to pick, measure, and have it cut and polished. You can buy the concrete mix at Home Depot or any other store in your neighborhood if you opt for DIY countertops. However, we always recumbent that your countertops, whether concrete or granite be installed by a professional team .
Did you know that concrete is one of the most sustainable construction materials? It has a relatively small footprint, requires minimal energy to produce. The main raw material for cement in concrete is limestone - the most plentiful resource on earth. After a concrete structure is at the end of its life cycle, it can be crushed and recycled.
Concrete can practically take any shape you can imagine, making it a great fit for custom projects and unique interior design. Not only it's flexible to be shaped into anything you can possibly envision, it's a great material to customize your kitchen. Rather than cutting out holes for sinks and other add-ons, most of which are costly or not even doable, concrete countertops are easily customizable with additional add-ons like soap dispensers, built-in shelves, easy to incorporate holes for sinks.
Usually, when you think of concrete, you imagine a gray, dull, boring color that is likely to turn your kitchen into a bunker rather than a designer creation. Concrete can be colored with pigments, dyes, or stains. From subtle, earth -tones to the most vibrant colors easily achieved with dying concentrates.
A bonus? Stains penetrate the surface of the concrete, which results in permanent, UV-resistant color.
If you are up for a one-of-a-kind design, you can incorporate embedded river pebbles, seashells, tile, or glass for the most unique artistic touch.
Here are the cons of concrete countertops .
This affordable material comes with a risk of cracking, especially when poured in place rather than pre-cast. You can add mesh or fiber reinforcement to prevent cracking, but you can't totally avoid it.
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Concrete is a high-maintenance material. Other than regular sealing, every 6 months if you re using your countertops heavily.
If you have hard water in your home, your countertops can eventually be damaged by the mineral deposits.
Avoid all types of acids. Concrete countertops are susceptible to this element. If you got acid on your countertop, wipe it off immediately. Remember that this high maintenance material is also sensitive to harsh cleansers and vinegar, so the best way to clean your tops is to mix one teaspoon of dish detergent in four cups of water and keep it in a spray bottle.
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Some stronger stains cannot be removed without buffing or grinding away the damage and resealing the surface.