Why do people choose concrete countertops

Concrete countertops appeal to people who want something unique, hand-crafted and personalized. Unlike factory-made countertops, concrete countertops are tailor made for each owner, allowing complete customization in color, finish, size, shape, and edge detail. They also have a natural, organic look and texture, rather than a synthetic, manufactured appearance. 

Will concrete countertops crack?

Concrete countertops can develop minor hairline cracks, but they are usually nonstructural in nature and result from the natural shrinkage of the concrete. Concrete countertop fabricators can prevent most cracks by strengthening the concrete using various reinforcement methods such as fiber reinforcement, rebar and wire mesh.   While hairline cracks may still occur, no matter what reinforcing method is used, they often add character to the countertop and won’t detract from the appearance. 

Are concrete countertops expensive?

Generally, concrete countertops are no more expensive than a high-end granite or marble countertops. If you want to economize, you can have your countertops made with recycled materials and limit the use of custom features such as embedments, integral drain boards, and unique shapes and finishes.  Also keep in mind the long-term value that concrete countertops can offer. With their timeless design and inherent durability, they are unlikely to need replacement.

How can I customize my countertop?

Concrete countertops allow you to create colors and finishes not possible with other countertop materials. Using custom-mixed integral pigments, some concrete countertop makers can even match a specific paint color or fabric swatch.  Finishes can range from rustic, such as a board-formed look, to smooth with marble-like veining.

How do I protect concrete countertops from stains and scratches?

Because concrete is naturally porous, we treat our countertops with a hybrid water based urethane topcoat to protect from stains and provide scratch protection.  Minor scratches can occur in concrete countertops by cutting directly on the surface, so the use of cutting boards is recommended. If scratches do appear, they are usually in the sealer and not in the concrete itself, making them easy to repair. 

How do I clean and maintain concrete countertops

Due to the topcoat on your countertops, it is as easy to clean as a laminated countertop surface.  As a general rule, use a pH-neutral cleaner and avoid the use of aggressive scrubbing pads or abrasive cleansers that can wear away the topcoat

How long will concrete countertops last?

Concrete countertops will serve you well for decades — both functionally and aesthetically — and are unlikely to ever need replacement. Under normal use, your concrete countertop will often last the life of your home. This not only conserves materials and eliminates waste; it saves you the expense and hassle of ripping out worn, outdated countertops.