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The Pros and Cons of Concrete Worktops

Concrete Countertops: The newest home trend.

We delved into the details and discovered everything you need to know about the advantages and disadvantages that you should be aware of.

Thank Pinterest Thank you Pinterest, thank you Joanna Gaines, thank marble insaneness–but the polished concrete worktop has been taking over farmhouses in the last couple of years. It’s simple to see why: Putting in concrete counters is an easy way to give your home an industrial, yet rustic look that’s stylish and simple.

However, after experimenting with them several homeowners have raised certain concerns that have us wondering: Is concrete what it’s advertised to be? Find out more about the product including costs and the time required to install it. Also, consider the advantages and disadvantages to determine whether cement counters are the right choice for you.
Concrete Counters: DIY or not to DIY?

The price of concrete countertops is contingent on whether you decide to take the DIY method or hire a professional to install them (either already poured or poured in place)–and the level of personalization you’d like. Concrete can be molded into any shape and colored or stained with a variety of finishes and shades; you can even put tiles, stones, and so on.

Pros and Pros and Concrete Countertops

Concrete is durable. Its strength cement-andsand mix is enough to warrant some hailing it as a rock-solid (we were forced to) the design option. In the end, concrete is composed of the same substance that is used in sidewalks.

Con: It can fracture. Do the idea of a hairline crack cause you to shiver? It’s a possibility that is inherent to concrete countertops, especially when it’s poured in situ instead of pre-casting. Of of course, you can avoid cracks by incorporating fiber reinforcement wire mesh, or rebar. But, cracks can still occur regardless of the cause, such as pressure or due to the natural settling of the home.

Pros: Cracks can be repaired. Fortunately, these fractures are typically not very obvious and are fairly easy to fix.

Pro: Concrete may be prone to scratches and stains. Concrete is notoriously known for flaunting imperfections–the leading complaint from homeowners who are unhappy. It’s because concrete is porous and can be a sponge for liquids, and may even support bacteria and that’s why it is crucial to seal the surface prior to the installation.

The idea is that sealing can ensure that your countertops are stain scratch and resistant to heat. However, in reality, sealed concrete can show marks particularly spills such as red wine, olive oil juice, coffee or olive oil. A simple water spots can cause a messy fashion that can cause a Type A personality to go insane.

Pro: It’s the case with everything else. There’s nothing available that’s impervious to abrasion. Concrete can be scratched or stain but it’s also nearly every other type of material such as marble and granite. While some people may be annoyed by imperfections, some appreciate the rustic appearance and appreciate the deep patina that develops with time.

What’s the bottom line? If you’re looking for the perfect look it’s best to reconsider your options. If you like the rugged look and you’re a fan of patina, then test it out. Make sure you do your homework and be sure to take care of the maintenance.