Make a Great Choice with Concrete Countertop

Make a Great Choice with Concrete Countertop
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    Kitchens and dining rooms have always had a special place in every home.

    Ladies of the house prepared delicious meals for their loved ones, and the entire family gathered at the table.

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Nowadays, people spend much less time cooking, and countertops replaced tables. But the aesthetics of the room seem to matter more than ever. Custom kitchens are the right choice for people who want unique pieces of furniture, and a countertop is an integral part of decorating this part of your home.

Today, there is a large selection of materials and patterns used to make kitchen countertops. Your choice will largely depend on your style and the budget you set aside to make the kitchen.

Concrete is one of the most desirable but also the safest materials. It’s expensive, but quite durable if you keep in mind regular maintaining of the countertop with appropriate food grade concrete sealer.

Concrete Match in Every Décor Style

Concrete was once the basis for exteriors. Modern trends force its use in the interior, especially as part of the kitchen elements. Its application on countertops has both a functional and aesthetic purpose.

Concrete can have many different looks, take on many textures, patterns, and finishes. It is always possible to find the right style of this material, which will perfectly match the design of your kitchen.

In the untreated state, pieces will chip off the concrete countertops. Also, the porous structure absorbs liquids, making it suitable for bacterial development. It is imperative to protect its surface during installation. Professionals, or anyone handy with DIY projects, can do the coating with special agents that give it a subtle finish, but also increase its resistance.

High Resistance

You have to seal the surface properly. If you apply the means mentioned in the previous paragraph, the surface of your countertop will be resistant to many factors – heat, scratches, stains, and moisture. In this way, you will improve the durability but also the longevity of this kitchen part, although the concrete itself is already robust and long-lasting.

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A kitchen countertop is a nice detail, but it should primarily serve a purpose. It’s used for the preparation and cooking of food. Sometimes, heated pots or pans will inevitably come into contact with the surface. When that happens, wipe the surface immediately and try not to keep the hot things on the countertops for a long time. Stains will appear, and sealer damage can occur. It won’t affect the functionality, but it will ruin the aesthetic value.

Sooner or later, grout lines and seams will appear on concrete because this material is non-static. By using filler agents in matching color, these lines will not be visible but will match the pattern of your countertop. One of the significant benefits of concrete is that, with age, the performance of this material will get better (with proper maintenance).

Ease of Maintenance

Whatever type of countertop you choose, maintenance is a must. The mighty, permanent material that will last forever in your kitchen has not yet appeared on the market. Installation of this kitchen part is a significant expense, but with proper maintenance, it can last a lifetime.

As for concrete countertops, the surface mustn’t be wet for long. Even if you use the top-notch sealer which provides a waterproof layer on the surface, water will penetrate eventually. So immediately remove spilled liquid and dry the surface.

other valuable tips:

Regular cleaning of this type of countertop won’t take you much time. Just use standard products for maintaining these surfaces, or plain water and dish detergent (depending on how much you use this part for food preparation). Avoid bleachers, even home-made cleaning products that contain abrasives such as citric acid, baking soda, or vinegar as they can damage the surface. Every year or two apply a new layer of sealer, and that’s about everything you need for maintenance of concrete surface in your kitchen.

Using concrete for the surfaces in your kitchen, you can give this place a sophisticated look, like when you use marble or quartz; only on a budget. There are cheaper options as well, but concrete as a material justifies the price/quality ratio when it comes to implementing it into kitchen parts.

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