With the rise of green materials, we are seeing an increased use of concrete in home decorating.
Concrete is thought of as a modern material, but it truly dates back to ancient times - the Egyptians mixed lime and gypsum into their version, the Romans used crushed volcanic rock in their construction.
Concrete countertops are excellent for residential decorating, to create a unique, personal kitchen style that is durable and easy to care for. Concrete countertops are customized for each job, and can have integral colors, acid stains, or stamped applications. The look is in contrast to the shiny, formal feel of granite, and not as common. Earthy, rich colors are available ranging from deep terra cottas to warm golds, and gray tinged blues or purples.
While concrete countertops do need to be resealed more often, they are not difficult to care for. Because they are a porous material, the concrete may “patina” and incorporate stains or marks as it ages. While this is not desirable to some, it adds to the color and interest in the surface. Stains are not as evident when using colored concrete countertops, though acidic foods can lighten the color. Simply using water will dissipate most stains when acted upon quickly.
Installation is key to the success of concrete countertops, and not recommended for an inexperienced do-it-yourselfer. The installer will create a template of your kitchen counter layout, and cast the counter top to fit, many times on location. The pigments are mixed into the concrete, creating a style that works with both modern and traditional interiors.
Concrete countertops have lasting impact and beauty, and will provide an extremely durable surface when cared for properly. Consider this sustainable material for your next kitchen design or bathroom project for an unexpected, attractive addition.