[concrete_video]Bathroom Vanities with Stylish Concrete Countertops
Concrete bathroom vanity countertops are available in a variety of shapes and colors that offer a unique and durable solution for any home or office. These concrete countertops are versatile and can be designed to match nearly any type of style from sleek modern contemporary designs to traditional classic luxury.
Many concrete artisans use the material because it is practical, durable and long-lasting. It is an ideal solution for creative expression and offers an aesthetically pleasing result. Many concrete vanity countertops are constructed in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be ground, polished, stained or stamped. Many artisans even embed meaningful objects including seashells, glass, stone, tile, or other material to be exposed on the surface.
Without a doubt, the single largest advantage of using concrete over traditional natural products including granite and marble is that the material can be fully customized. The artisan can easily mold, sculpt or texturized the surface. By selecting the best aggregates, it can be poured to mimic natural stones to create a warmer feeling in the bathroom. Alternatively, through decorative inlays with embedded glass, it can create a more industrial look, or contemporary style.
When the bathroom vanity countertop is properly sealed, it should not stain. However, concrete that is unsealed has about the same porosity as marble and limestone. It can be highly susceptible to a variety of stains especially from acids including orange juice, lemon juice and red wine. If not properly cleaned, the built-up acid from these products can easily scratch the bathroom vanity concrete surface.
There are three primary sealers available to protect the surface in the bathroom vanities countertop. These include a penetrating sealer, hybrid and a topical.
The penetrating sealer is designed to fully seal the concrete from its interior. This leaves the visible surface with only a minimal amount of protection against etching and staining. It allows the surface to retain a more natural appearance, and generate its own “natural” patina much like a butcher’s block, or cutting board. The most common forms of penetrating sealers are Tung oil and mineral oil.
A topical sealer allows the buildup of the dense membrane that helps seal the surface of the concrete. Even though it can protect the surface of the concrete against etching and stains, it still remains vulnerable to chipping, peeling and scratching. The most common forms of topical sealers are polyurethanes and epoxy. Some types of topical sealers boast of their “stain-proof” properties. However, they tend to peel off easily from the countertop surface.
Hybrid sealers offer an effective solution that incorporates the best of penetrating and topical sealers. The sealer penetrates deep into the surface of the concrete, while providing a layer of micro-thin protection to guard the top of the concrete. Hybrid sealers create an unbeatable combination.
Concrete countertops in bathroom vanities offer a unique solution to attain a creative design. Cleaning and maintaining the surface of the countertop tends to be no more difficult than cleaning any other surface type. They can be customized in a variety of shapes, sizes, thicknesses and colors.
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