What can you expect when choosing Concrete as a countertop material?
So you’re considering concrete a possible material for your countertop or vanity? This should give you a better understanding of what you can expect, how it looks, feels and reacts as a functional surface.
First off, a concrete countertop is no big mystery it is pretty much a hard, rigid, aggregate and rebar reinforced slab of concrete. Although the similarities of a sidewalk end there.
Concrete countertops are different in that the surface finishes and shapes are endless and what make a concrete countertop anything, but looking like a ‘sidewalk’.
A concrete countertop is generally smooth to the touch. Technology today allows for the grinding and polishing of a concretes surface to come out smooth and shiny. The finish can be just as perfect as a polished granite slab.
Just like granite and other natural materials concrete can be porous. Therefor they generally require a sealer. There are many types of sealers on the market but some of the best ones are designed to penetrate and go deep within the concrete to create a barrier for moisture and stains thereby keeping your countertop looking new and great.
Countertops are made out of cement, sand and water and therefor are heavy. This also generally means they are sturdy and solid.
Concrete acts as a work surface in the kitchen but standard precautions should be followed as not to damage the concrete’s surface finish. Light cutting and slicing may be possible but like any material you are always risking damaging the surface or nicking the finish, not to mention dulling your knife blades. A cutting board or proper cutting surface should be used.
Hot plates and metal pans. Once again it is concrete but, would you place a 300 degree pan on your granite surface? Probably not and therefore the same rules should be followed with concrete. Although concrete itself can resist extreme temperatures, it is the finish and sealer that may get damaged. Don’t take any chances and use a hot plate.
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen and will be using your concrete countertop more than the average person, there are a few innovative ways to make it even more functional and user friendly. For example how about a built in hot plate, or sink drain board, or a disposal hole.