Concrete countertops are trending! We are frequently seeing them in kitchens, bathrooms, businesses, and workshops. Are you debating whether or not concrete countertops are right for you? Check out these disadvantages and benefits before making a choice!
Disadvantages of Concrete Countertops
We might as well get the cons out of the way right off the bat. If one of these scares you off, you likely need to consider an alternative decision.
All concrete is susceptible to cracking, especially concrete countertops. While adding fiber reinforcement, wire mesh, or rebar to the design can help prevent cracking, there is still a chance of getting a hairline fracture.
Of course, cracks can be filled. After a crack is filled, it is barely noticeable. However, if you have the type of personality where knowing the damage is there would drive you crazy, this is not the choice for you.
Staining and Scratching
Concrete is also susceptible to staining and scratching due to its porous integrity. Fortunately, sealing the concrete greatly reduces this concern, but not entirely. Spilling wine or coffee will likely result in a stain unless it is wiped up immediately.
Again, due to its porous nature, concrete is highly susceptible to staining. Therefore, it needs regularly sealing to prevent significant long-term damage.
Concrete is not a quick countertop creation. It takes time to create the design, set up the process, pour, let it set, and stain it. We would recommend a month of no access if you want this style of countertop.
Benefits of Concrete Countertops
Are you still reading? If you haven’t been scared off yet, here are the benefits of concrete countertops.
Concrete is used for sidewalks, so it is obviously quite durable. While it does have some of the limitations listed above, the same goes for almost every type of countertop material. Nothing is perfect, but concrete is an excellent choice for those who enjoy the look and won’t obsess over minor flaws.
Unlike most countertop materials that have to be cut to a specific shape, concrete can be poured into any design that you like.
Concrete has the ability to be mixed with any color. While we don’t recommend choosing a crazy color, you create a beautiful color that will act as a charming accent or complement an existing design choice.
One of our favorite parts of concrete countertops is the ability for add-ons. You can include glass, shells, stones, metals, tiles, or anything else your heart desires in the mixture.
Are you a DIYer? Pouring concrete countertops is excellent for experienced homeowners who want to save on cost and have a bit of fun in the process!
We want to caution that while DIYing is possible for crafty homeowners, it isn’t recommended for those who have never poured concrete or done any kind of renovations themselves. If you have zero experience, we recommend hiring a professional to ensure that it is done safely and correctly.
Would you like more information on what countertops are available to you? Please make an appointment with a consultant to talk about your options. We look forward to hearing from you!