Surfaces like granite or marble may traditionally be considered as the highest-end materials around, but this is changing over time. More and more clients are opting to go with concrete countertops, which can offer many positives over other surfaces.
Why Concrete Countertops?
Concrete countertops are every bit as hard as materials like granite. And the idea of concrete as a bare, industrial material is long outdated by now – concrete can be polished, etched, stained or stamped for complete control over what the surface looks like at the end of the process – even imitating granite or slate if that’s what you’re after! Concrete is well-renowned for its durability and heat-resistant properties. At the end of the day, concrete countertops bring a fantastic balance of affordability, durability, function and style. A beautiful, custom-made concrete countertop is an investment that will bolster the beauty, functionality and resale value of your home for years to come.
There are, however, some downsides to using concrete for your countertops. Repairs are very challenging, though they are rarely if ever required. And it’s recommended to do periodic maintenance such as resealing to ensure longevity without excessive wear and tear. And while the price isn’t crazy, concrete isn’t the cheapest material to use either. The cost will depend on a number of facts such as the size, thickness and finish you choose for your countertop. Concrete also takes time to design and fabricate for your custom parameters – we work as efficiently as possible but high quality does take time. Saying all that, concrete is a very solid choice for any kitchen’s countertops – it’s hard to go wrong.
Concrete Countertop Fabrication & Installation
Concrete countertops can either be poured at the site, or else made in our shop after a careful, thorough survey and measurement of your countertop. In addition to pouring the concrete, the structure can be reinforced for greater strength, by using mesh consisting of metal or fiber. Subsequent to being fabricated, the countertop is left to set, after which any finishing details are applied. This can range from etching, staining, and polishing to stamping, plus a final sealed finish such as epoxy.
Something that’s worth bearing in mind is that concrete countertops are heavy – this means not all cabinets will be ready to support the load of a concrete countertop if they weren’t initial designed and built with a heavy countertop in mind. This is far from an insurmountable obstacle, but it’s worth keeping in mind.
Maintenance and After Care
While your concrete countertops will be good to go for quite a while after installation, there are some important things to note about how to care for your beautiful new countertops. First of all, concrete countertops can be etched, stained or discolored by certain materials such as oil or wine. Any spills or messes should be cleaned up right away to avoid issues. A well-applied high-quality seal and wax will prevent this, but must also be re-applied regularly to ensure continued protection. At Leander Stamped Concrete, we’re happy to walk you through best practices for maintenance and what kind of sealing products you should use.