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Introduction to Concrete Countertops
Concrete Countertops are the best choice if you are looking for a countertop option that is as unique as you are. . There are unlimited options available in regards to how you want your concrete countertops to look. Plus, concrete countertops will exhibit subtle variations in color and texture, which most people feel contributes to its beauty. Each slab is hand cast so no two will be exactly identical.
Chemical stains, coloring pigments, various aggregates, and epoxy coatings can give concrete countertops the look, texture, and feel of quarried stone such as marble, granite, or limestone. Texture skin stamps offer top textures that can mimic surfaces like slate. Steel trowel techniques leave obvious trowel marks and subtle variations in light and dark (think of an Italian plastered wall). Aggregates like glass, marble, and porcelain can create a terrazzo look, adding visual texture under the smooth surface.
Concrete countertops can be cast in place or at our shop. There are advantages to both. When the concrete countertops are cast in place, you get a seamless countertops: absolutely no lines! If the concrete countertops are cast at our location, you don’t have to see us working in your home or yard until we install your concrete countertops. It is personal preference, but many customers prefer the seamless, cast-in-place look.
Concrete Countertops FAQs
It isn’t likely, but they very well could. Imperfections in concrete countertops are part of the appeal. In fact, hairline cracks and slight irregularities are a natural part of the wear and tear and will not affect the structural integrity in the slightest (such fine cracks are also too narrow to trap food and debris). And while hairline cracks can be patched, such attempts of ten look far more obvious than the cracks themselves. Most people prefer the aged appearance hat this natural occurrence bestows--in contrast to the cold and unvarying smoothness of plastic products such as Corian and Formica.
Concrete countertops have sealers applied for water and stain resistance. Left in its natural state, unsealed, concrete is porous and will stain. Sealed concrete countertops are as likely to stain as your granite or marble countertops, which is few and far between.
The standard slab thickness is 1.5" — 2" slabs are also quite common. Larger thick ness is also possible and is done for aesthetic reasons. If a 6" slab is desired, how ever, the back and center are still 1.5" thick and the front "grows" to the desired thickness. So it still looks 6" thick but is only 6" thick in the front.
A 1.5" thick standard concrete countertop has an approximate weight of 18.75 pounds per square foot. (Granite is approximately 18 pounds per square foot.) Most traditionally-built cabinets will withstand this weight, no problems.
For polished concrete countertops, it is fine to cut directly on the surface. You should avoid cutting directly on other concrete countertop surfaces. It will no damage the concrete in the least bit, but it can damage the sealer. Damaged sealer can lead to staining.
For polished concrete countertops, it is fine to place hot pans directly on the surface. You should avoid placing hot pans directly on other concrete countertop surfaces. Concrete is very heat resistant, but the sealer can be damaged in high heat conditions. Damaged sealer can lead to staining.
In short, cleaning your concrete countertop is not going to be any more difficult than cleaning any other type of countertop. We suggest using a mild, non-abrasive cleaner or soap for daily cleaning. Occasionally, you should use a bleach product to kill bacteria.
Keep in mind we do concrete countertops all over the DFW metroplex, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving, Carrollton, Denton, Grand Prairie, Azle, Bedford, Benbrook, Burleson, Colleyville, Coppell, Euless, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Haltom City, Highland Village, Hurst, Keller, Lewisville, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Southlake, University Park, Watauga, Weatherford, White Settlement, and surrounding towns and cities. Curious if you are within our scope? Contact us for your concrete countertop needs: Click Here.
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