If you’ve considered granite or marble countertops because of their durability and design, but the price tag is higher than you expected, you are certainly not alone. Natural stone counters are beautiful, but they come at a hefty price. Concrete is a viable alternative that can mimic virtually any material you choose, and while it can’t compete with laminate countertop pricing, it is far more affordable than many natural stone options.
Concrete is Low-Maintenance
Aside from wiping down your concrete countertops now and then, you’ll need to reseal them every few years to maintain their durability. If your countertops have been properly sealed, they’re virtually impervious to stains and they won’t harbor bacteria. All you’ll need is warm water and mild soap to keep them looking like new for many years to come. Most homeowners hire a professional to re-seal their concrete countertops, but it’s possible to do it yourself, as well.
Natural stone is beautiful and durable, which lends to its popularity as countertop material. Concrete can be every bit as beautiful and durable at a fraction of the price. It won’t chip or scratch like laminate countertops, and it lasts for decades with only minimal maintenance. It’s also impact-resistant, so even dropping a heavy object from a great height is no concern. You won’t need to replace your concrete countertops until you’re ready for a brand-new look in your kitchen or bathroom decades from now.
Concrete is Heat Resistant
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen and you’re concerned about burning your countertops, concrete is every chef’s best friend. These countertops will easily resist the heat of a cooktop, and if you forget the trivet when you take the casserole out of the oven, you can put the hot dish directly on the countertop without fear of burning it. You won’t need to worry about leaving your hot tools on in the bathroom, either, since concrete easily resists hot temperatures. The heat won’t lead to discoloration or staining, either.
It Has an Upscale, Luxurious Look
Homeowners who love the look of granite and marble countertops will find that today’s concrete production and finishing methods can recreate those looks for a much lower cost. If you think of flat, drab gray when you imagine a concrete countertop, contact a professional today and ask to see a portfolio of their recent work. Today’s concrete countertops are nothing less than impressive. From color added into the concrete mix to acid stains that create etched metallic finishes, it’s possible to create any upscale and luxurious look you can imagine.
It’s One of a Kind
Part of the appeal of natural stone countertops is the one-of-a-kind nature of the rock. No two rocks anywhere on planet Earth are the same, which means that homeowners who opt for marble or granite counters have a completely unique fixture in their homes – something no one else has. The same can be said for concrete, particularly when it comes to finishing techniques. From stains and dyes that give concrete its color to rubber stamps or stencils for texture, your countertops will be unique to your home.
Concrete countertops are durable, long-lasting, and heat-resistant, which make them perfect for use in a busy kitchen or bathroom. Thanks to aggregates and finishing techniques, your concrete countertops can take on virtually any color or any texture that suits your design preferences, too. We’ve personally seen these methods create some amazing pieces that are highly functional. Consequently, if you need material, insights, or recommendations, give Four Corners Materials a call and we’d be happy to help!