Concrete Surfaced Countertops

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Concrete is a hard and durable countertop material that is both heat- and scratch-resistant. A wide variety of colors, textures, and finishes are obtainable through multiple stains, pigments, aggregates, and coatings. Concrete countertops can be pressed, troweled, or ground to customize the surface finish, and they can be polished to mimic quarried stone.

Concrete countertops are either precast (cast offsite and shipped ready to install) or cast onsite. Size is limited only by shipping restrictions and manpower during installation (a ten square foot concrete countertop can weigh as much as 200 pounds). Typically, concrete countertops are between 1-1/2” and 2” thick. This can vary depending on the desired appearance and application. Also, custom fabrication allows for material inlays such as drain boards, cutting boards, and glass, among others.

If not properly maintained and sealed regularly, concrete will stain due to its porous properties. Although concrete countertops are resistant to heat, it is recommended that a heat pad be used to eliminate any possibility of discoloration. Also, over time hairline cracks can develop. Concrete countertops are priced similarly to solid surface countertops. Learn more about concrete countertops.

Concrete Counter Tops, in Detail is an exert from Countertops 101 by Buildipedia Staff

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