Concrete has been used for flooring for several years now, wowing homeowners across the country with its durability and sleek aesthetic. Now, concrete countertops are competing with natural stone surfaces for popularity in kitchen design. Interested? Here’s what you need to know.
While the cost of installing concrete countertops can depend on the contractor and the materials used, you can expect to pay between $65 and $135 per square foot for a 1.5” thick slab of concrete, plus the costs of installation. Get a free price quote and find out what it would cost for your own home.
Given what concrete is normally used for, it is an extremely durable kitchen countertop material. It can easily withstand the wear and tear of any normal kitchen environment.
While concrete may not seem like the most conventional countertop material to use, it is actually rather easy to keep clean. Use a mild, non-abrasive cleaner with a soft cloth and avoid using abrasive pads. It’s that simple.
Unlike other materials that are fabricated elsewhere and then installed, concrete countertops are created directly on site. The forms are constructed on top of the cabinetry, the concrete is poured, and then the surface is finished to perfection. The concrete can either be dyed by mixing in pigmentation during the pouring process, or the surface can be dyed after the concrete has cured.
Concrete countertops are finished by sanding the concrete as it cures, and then protecting it with wet towels for up to a week. After the concrete is completely cured, it can be stained and sealed the colors of your choosing.
Concrete countertops are available in literally every color under the sun. It will come in either a gray or white base, but virtually any color can be added to the mix or once the concrete has hardened.
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