Why are people suddenly interested in concrete worktops? Well, as James May rightly predicted in the episode of Man Lab where he built a concrete worktop for the kitchen and then said that concrete worktops would catch on – they definitely have! But why?
Concrete is durable
Concrete doesn’t scratch and is impervious to heat, you don’t need to worry about putting a hot pan on the side of the counter, making this an incredibly practical choice.
While other worktops might be worn out in a couple of years, this is not so for concrete, it’s an incredibly durable and long-lasting surface.
Concrete is customisable
Concrete is so widely used because it can be made into any shape imaginable.
For those who love things to be custom. We all know the type, the person who spends a long time choosing their outfit, the people who get a private number plate, who spends time on building the home of their dreams. This is the worktop for them.
The choices are literally unlimited while with traditional stone choices like marble and granite might be available in several appearances, concrete can be made to appear in any way imaginable – this is simply not possible with most materials.
You can customise the countertop however you want, this includes rocks, shells, wooden sections, coins, large tiles or mosaics. The design is only limited by your imagination.
The customisation doesn’t just stop there, materials such as glass fragments, stones, shells and other inlays – some people have even gone for fibre optic lights – can be embedded into the very stone.
Requests we have had in the past include fossils, seashells, pieces of glass, stones and much more. They can be planted into the surface after the countertop is poured into the mould to create the design or the shape for a more concentrated appearance. Consider any long term durability, and give us a call if you need any more information regarding your specific design.
Concrete worktops age and change over time, becoming distinctive
The amazing thing about the worktop is that it is made from living, changeable material. The concrete takes on different characteristics as time goes on, changing colour and gaining a ‘patina’ which can vary widely in colour over time. Patinated over time changes its appearance, and this is very much a part of the aesthetic expression of concrete as a material.
The patinates concerns only the outer few millimetres of the surface, it has no effect whatsoever on the construction or durability of the concrete, it is purely an aesthetic issue.
Concrete Worktops improve real estate value
It’s widely known that concrete countertops improve real-estate value, as a premium material to have in your kitchen. So, it could even be a good investment for the future if you are thinking ahead to what happens when your time with the property comes to an end.
You can integrate practical items and features, such as drainage boards, trivets, and much more, giving concrete countertops a clear advantage. The ability to create much larger surface areas, without the need for tiles that can trap crumbs, grease and grime is another great point.
Even if that’s in 20 years from now! Concrete countertops will last you DECADES. Both functionally and aesthetically, and are in fact unlikely to need replacing – EVER. Under your normal use, concrete countertops will quite often last the entire lifespan of your home.
That makes this an environmentally and economically friendly option too. It conserves materials and eliminates waste – it saves you the expense and trouble of removing any outdated and worn countertops.