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Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops are becoming increasingly popular because they offer all sorts of opportunities for customization. Although most are manufactured off site, concrete countertops can also be cast in place, so they can be installed in situations that would be too difficult for other materials. They can be made in almost any thickness and shape. Concrete can be dyed or stained in virtually any customized color, and they can be treated to result in many finishes. These countertops are durable and heat resistant and not as expensive as granite.

Consider the following if you want to buy concrete countertops:

  • Be sure your counters are being properly manufactured. If concrete countertops aren not cast with the right reinforcement and correct mix of materials, they can crack as they cure. Quality countertops are 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick and have structural steel and polypropylene fibers incorporated in them for strength.
  • Concrete countertops are not maintenance free. They need to be regularly sealed to prevent staining. Acidic foods and juices can etch the surface, leaving damaged spots. That said, many consider the natural wear part of the patina of concrete.
  • Concrete countertops are heavy. Make sure

    the cabinets you are installing can hold their weight.
  • Concrete can be decorated with small pieces of glass or metal which are added to the concrete mix and then ground to create beautiful, unique patterns. Many fabricators have their own ways of finishing concrete to create truly individualized countertops.

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