If you are building a home or remodeling your kitchen, you may be researching different countertop options. When most people think of kitchen countertops, they will think of granite or marble. However, there is a large variety of materials available – all with their own sets of pros and cons. Today, more and more people are seeing the benefits of concrete countertops. Here are a few benefits you may be surprised to learn.
Durability is one benefit you most likely want when investing in new countertops. Concrete is one of the most durable options you can choose for your home.
Concrete is resistant to scratches and chips, so if you drop a pot or knife on the countertop, you do not need to worry about damage.
Concrete countertops are also resistant to heat. Therefore, you could set a hot pan or pot on the concrete surface without any worry of heat rings or damage.
As long as the countertop is sealed, concrete will not stain, either. Although it is always recommended to clean up food and ingredient spills and splatters immediately, food, beverages, and grease or oils will not stain your concrete countertops.
Easy to Maintain
You most likely want a countertop material that is easy to maintain, so choosing concrete for your kitchen is smart.
Sealed countertops can be wiped down using any type of cleanser including an all-purpose cleaning spray or dish soap and water. A soft-bristled brush or sponge can be used to remove stubborn residue from your concrete countertops.
Resealing the concrete is an important part of maintenance. This only needs to be done every few years. However, proper cleaning and care will reduce how frequently you need to seal the concrete surface.
There is a common misconception that concrete countertops are only suited for modern or contemporary styled homes. In reality, concrete offers a variety of styles and designs, so it is a versatile option for any style of home.
If you do prefer a minimalistic look that works well with modern homes, have the concrete set and stained in its traditional grey color. If you prefer a more traditional look for your kitchen, have the concrete stained in an earth-tone color, such as brown or beige. Black concrete is also an option to consider, since it hides debris well and makes a bold statement.
You can also add a bit of sparkle or color to the concrete by having stones or fiber optic lights embedded into your countertops.