The kitchen is the heart of the home and is one of the most used rooms in any house. When designing your custom home, one of the most important decisions to make is what countertop to go with. There are tons of different color and material choices out there, and while stones such as marble, quartz, and granite are the most popular choices, concrete countertops are rising in popularity. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of using concrete countertops in your kitchen, according to our custom home builders.
Pros of Concrete Kitchen Countertops
Durable and Repairable
There’s a reason concrete is used so heavily in construction- it’s extremely durable! This makes them ideal for kitchen countertops, which go through a lot of wear and tear. However, while concrete countertops can survive a lot, they can crack. The good news is that they’re pretty easy to repair! This is a huge plus, as most other materials can’t be repaired as easily.
Fitting countertops has become a lot easier in recent years with technological advancements like laser measuring and cutting. It’s still not perfect though, and tricky kitchen layouts can pose challenges. With concrete countertops, customization is easy. Not only can you make it work for the most challenging of spaces, but you can also customize it even more with details like stones, glass, imprints, and even fiber optic lights.
Concrete countertops will be sure to stand out in your custom home. They have such a unique, specialized look that you won’t find in any old house. Concrete countertops are perfect for those that like a more rustic or industrial look.
Cons of Concrete Kitchen Countertops
Prone to Staines, Scratches, and Cracks
As we said, concrete is durable, but every material has its weaknesses. Concrete is a porous material, so it is prone to staining, which is tricky in a kitchen where there are tons of liquids and foods that can leave a mark. You’ll have to keep on top of sealing it every year to decrease the risk of this.
The downside of such a unique countertop material is the cost. While the concrete itself isn’t expensive, the labor and process are. The weight of the countertops also means you’ll have to get cabinets with extra support, which adds to the cost.
Concrete countertops are one of those design choices that people either love or hate. While this might not matter to you now, if you ever want to sell your custom home, this may become an issue. Some people may love them and many more, while others could be turned off the property entirely due to them.
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