Concrete is typically composed of ground rocks, sand, and fly ash. It is then mixed and held together with a binding agent. Concrete kitchen countertops can be made on-site or precast in a workshop.
Although concrete countertops are reinforced like sidewalks, they won’t feel like one. You can polish your concrete countertops to a smooth finish.
You can customize concrete kitchen countertops. This is because they are man-made. They are available in multiple colors, textures, and patterns. Also, you can embed decorative items into the surface. This includes stones, tiles, or glass chips. Built-in features like drainboards and trivets are also available.
There are many other design options if you choose to go with concrete countertops. You can create a bull-nose edge, or have etch designs stamped in. Even though concrete is linked to contemporary design, you can play around and use it in conjunction with reclaimed wood, or metal. As well, you can add inlaid areas, or slope the countertop for food prep.
Unlike certain granite and marble levels, concrete can be inexpensive. Although inexpensive, concrete can still look high-end like traditional countertops.
A disadvantage of concrete kitchen countertops is that they are very porous and will need to be sealed. The material is susceptible to hairline fractures and chipping. They material is also very heavy and will need extra support. Also, if you have your countertops poured on site, it will take longer to be able to use them because of curing time. It can take up to two weeks to be able to use your countertops.
If you’re looking to replace your kitchen countertops — or remodel your entire kitchen — contact us today for a free estimate. Shakespeare Home Improvement Co. is Lancaster County’s premier kitchen remodeling company.
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