Today’s kitchen & bath designs often include concrete countertops. Some of the homeowners like the concrete for its industrial yet rustic appearance, while others appreciate its customisable options! Concrete countertops are basically the custom countertops i.e. a handmade product. The basic material which is used for production is concrete (i.e. Cement + Aggregate + Water). However, these custom countertops have pros &cons as compared to other materials.
Must Read: Concrete Countertops: All You Like to Know!
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01. Concrete is durable, tough and hard.
02. Concrete can be easily moulded into various shapes and forms as compared to the other materials, i.e. once the form is decided it can be shaped into curves and different angles.
03. Concrete countertops can also accommodate sinks and drains.
04. Concrete can be coloured or pigmented with dyes to give it a natural or polished look.
05. Concrete can withstand heat, scratches and stains.
06. If the concrete countertop is taken care properly, it can have a long life.
07. Concrete countertop can be cleaned easily and are less prone to decay.
08. Cutting boards can also be installed directly into the countertop for a combination of functionality and design.
09. The concrete design is such that it blends well with both traditional and contemporary designs.
01. They are costly as compared to Granite, Marble, Quartz, etc countertop.
02. The cost of hiring someone to mould concrete according to the given design is expensive.
03. If you are installing yourself, then you should have to be well prepared to work hard and long for installation and finishing.
04. Concrete changes and evolves with time, as per its usage and time its colour changes and may not be the same colour which was before.
05. Concrete shrinks when gets dry, therefore leads to cracks and gaps.
06. Concrete is very heavy and it is essential to add reinforced materials to lighten the weight on the cabinetry supporting it.
07. Light weight concrete material is found in the market which is much lighter than regular concrete; however, they are less durable.
08. Concrete can get stain if it is not sealed by sealer.
09. Spills need to be wiped up immediately, especially if they are of acidic like lemon juice, vinegar, red wine, etc. Even a few minutes of exposure can cause stain on concrete countertops.
10. If you choose to have your concrete countertops installed and poured on directly site then you will have to deal with a mess as concrete is messy, but a reliable concrete contractor will include cleaning services as part of the job.
11. Hairline cracks occur in all concrete countertops. While there is no absolute way to prevent them, there are only ways to limit their occurrence. Most of the time, the hairline cracks are hardly noticeable and some homeowners feel that they enhance the look of the counter. In extreme cases, these cracks can cause severe damage to concrete countertops and break them completely. Keep in mind that this is rare and almost always occurs due to a bad concrete mix or installation. Wiping spills and avoiding direct heat and cutting will prevent hairline cracks.
12. Cutting with a sharp knifes directly onto the countertop can cause damage. Knives cut through the sealer and create weak spots.