When choosing the design of your concrete worktops, you will want them to look striking, solid and worth the investment. You’ll want them to be as lightweight as possible, fit for purpose, and have a superb finish. They will more than likely be the first thing people will notice in your home, as the kitchen is the heart – a space for entertaining, dining, and relaxing. Concrete worktops will create a stylish overall look in your home.
You may want your concrete worktops to look sleek and slimline for an ultra-modern aesthetic or you may prefer a chunky top with an industrial high-end feel. However, you might also worry about the weight pressure on your kitchen units. Thankfully, we have ways of making the worktops thicker without increasing the weight, keeping installation and pressure on the units below at a minimum.
Thick concrete worktops designed for Sosban and The Old Butchers, Menai Bridge.
How thick do concrete worktops need to be?
There isn’t really a correct answer here. Everyone has a different taste and requirement in their home so we can have a conversation about this.
The average worktop is around 40mm, similar to that of marble or granite.
How does the thickness equate to weight with concrete worktops?
If your concrete worktop is extra heavy, then you may have issues to overcome with the installation and handling. A worktop that is of an average 40mm thickness would weigh around 100kgs per square metre. This would mean a large chunky looking concrete island top could potentially weigh over a ton! This kind of weight may require an engineer to inspect the load bearing capability of the floor structure. You would also need to reinforce the cabinets to be able to take the weight. However, at Fluid Stone Studio we have numerous techniques for reducing the weight of larger pieces to avoid the need for additional reinforcements in your kitchen (see below).
How can you keep the weight of concrete worktops down?
We can use lightweight cores, mesh or fibreglass reinforcements to ensure that the worktops are as easy to install as possible. It also means we can create larger islands and 3 dimensional pieces that would not be possible with any other type of material.
Can you create a thick concrete worktop without extra weight?
Contactors can create the illusion of a thicker looking worktop without too much extra cost and weight by casting it with a drop-front edge. To the naked eye, you would think the worktop was a lot thicker than it actually is, adding a lovely high-end quality to your kitchen.
How does pricing a concrete worktop work?
Each concrete worktop is custom designed for your home or space, so there is no one-size-fits-all approach. We will have to consider multiple aspects of the job and work together to give you the best possible price.
To get started with your concrete worktop idea, please get in touch with us today.