Concrete Countertops are a Beautiful Alternative
When building a custom home or doing a custom renovation, usually somewhere in the design lies a countertop. The most common choices for countertops are laminate, granite or quartz. Having granite or quartz in your house is not just a slab of rock to chop your vegetables on. For most people having a stone countertop states luxury or says I have the “top of the line.” However, there is another option which could be deemed sensible, edgy and even luxurious. That choice is a concrete countertop.
Concrete countertops have been gaining popularity for the last 20 years. They can be made in almost any shape as they are cast and as far as strength goes, they rival their granite and quartz competitors. Concrete has a uniform, crisp appearance that fits perfectly with contemporary design.
Another huge benefit of concrete counter tops is that they appeal to the green consumer. Many products today are being made with an emphasis on this “green” component. Concrete is one of the greenest home building materials available. Concrete is basically a mix of cement and an aggregate which is usually made from up to 70% recycled materials. Compare this to granite or marble which is a limited resource that is taken directly from the earth, and transported long distances at an incredible expense. If the marble look is desired, crushed marble can be added to the concrete mix to create a similar look, without the cost to the earth.
The cost comparison between concrete and granite countertops typically cost about the same. Both have many colors to choose from; however concrete has a wide range of potential aggregates allowing homeowners to customize their countertops. Adding different pigments and even broken glass can make any countertop appear far less than ordinary.
Concrete countertops are a green solution for the customer who is thinking about a unique look. With endless possibilities for design and shape it could be your solution for any custom home or custom renovation.