One of the central decisions that you'll need to make when you plan a kitchen overhaul is coming up with a material for your countertop. Your contractor can offer you a variety of options, as can any retailer that specializes in kitchen remodeling. One material that you might not have considered is concrete, but this material can offer a number of perks in this application. There are also some challenges of concrete countertops, so understanding some of the pros and cons before you move forward will allow you to make an informed decision.
Pro: Versatile For Unique Countertop Layouts
Some homes can have unique countertop shapes that can pose challenges for other countertop materials. If your countertop is "U" shaped, for example, you'll face multiple seams if you opt for laminate, or may have a considerable expense with granite or quartz, given the large surface area. Concrete, however, is perfect for such a situation. Because it's poured specifically to fit your shape, it will offer a smooth, seamless surface regardless of how unique the shape it.
Con: It's Likely Too Heavy For Your Cabinets
One of the big challenges of a concrete countertop is its extreme weight. The considerable mass of this material means that your existing lower kitchen cabinets may not safely support it. Your contractor can definitely work around this problem, though, by adding extra wood for support. You just need to remember that this additional step will cost you more, which can quickly increase the installation bill.
Pro: You're Unlikely To Damage It
Concrete is a highly rugged material, which means that it's difficult to damage as a countertop. Whereas a material such as laminate may discolor or even change texture if you accidentally place something hot on it, you can be extremely rough on a concrete countertop without ever having to worry about it.
Con: But, Stains Can Be An Issue
While you won't damage your concrete countertop by putting a hot pot on it or scratching it with a knife, it's possible that stains can be an issue. If you're working with something that often stains, such as beets, the juice can leave a discoloration on your concrete countertop, which is porous. Fortunately, this detail isn't a major drawback — one of the big advantages of concrete is that you can gently sand the concrete where the stain is located and remove the stain, which is definitely something that you can't do with other countertop styles.
For more information, contact companies like CSW Concrete Steel & Wood.