If you are looking for an alternative to granite or laminate counters, concrete might be just the answer you need.
When many of us think of concrete, we imagine rough sidewalks or roadways. But in a kitchen the same material transforms into a smooth, beautiful surface that’s safe for the entire family.
Concrete counters cost roughly the same as granite or marble countertops and are every bit as durable. Before you go calling up a cement mixer, here are a few other things to consider in deciding whether they are right for you:
Each concrete counter is made by hand to fit your kitchen. This is a great way to ensure that your kitchen doesn’t look like anyone else’s — literally. They are sure to be a conversation starter when you host guests and they look every bit as elegant as granite.
Beyond the traditional gray, concrete countertops come in a variety of colors. You could stay basic with white and brown, or mix it up with orange, green or another custom color. Concrete can be painted with any color or design, so the possibilities are endless.
However, going the concrete route also requires you to know exactly what you want, which may be tough if this is your first remodel. Once the concrete is installed and painted, it can’t be changed.
How will concrete look in your kitchen? Will it clash with your cabinets or appliances? We can help you answer these questions as you plan your kitchen renovation.
Cleaning and Care
Concrete countertops are a long-term investment. Once installed and sealed, they should last forever. Sealing them is key, though. Much like granite, concrete is naturally porous and needs a protective layer to withstand temperature changes and make sure food residue does not seep in.
When it comes to cleaning, look for a pH-neutral option. You can find these cleaners at your local hardware store, or maybe even at the grocery store. They might also be labeled as “stone cleaners.”
A more budget-friendly alternative is to use a mixture of dish soap and warm water. If you go this route, ensure that your rag or sponge is damp, not soaking wet, when you apply it to the counters.
Given that concrete is so permanent, consider whether you are willing to make a long-term commitment to your counters. If you think that you’ll be itching to change them again in a few years, maybe concrete is not the best option for you.
Make the Right Choice
If you are considering concrete but are unsure of how it might work in your kitchen, let us help you decide if it’s right for you. We will assess your current kitchen, your budget, and the overall look you are trying to achieve.
We’ll also be with you every step of the way as your concrete counters are made and installed to ensure you receive just what you had in mind.