When you own a home, even as a first time homebuyer, most people don’t realize how much time they’re spend planning and executing home improvement projects. The kitchen is one of the biggest, and most costly, projects you’ll take on as a home owner. Everything from cabinets to floors to countertops can be replaced, refinished or ripped out and started from scratch. Countertops in particular one of the focal points of any kitchen. Here’s what you need to know about concrete countertops.
Three of the main types of countertops you can install in a kitchen include granite, marble and formica. The latter is the most common, and many homeowners don’t realize that concrete countertops are one of the best ways to customize a kitchen. Concrete countertops can give you more customized options than any other countertop option on the market.
With concrete countertops, you can customize everything done to the shape, size, color and texture. The texture in particular is something that can make or break your countertops, offering you a unique way to put your own touch on your kitchen. Shape can also be a big benefit for kitchens that might not have the most standard of shapes. If you have short countertops, being able to use concrete is better than other alternatives out there.
The one downfall to concrete countertops is the cost. If you’ve never worked with concrete before, hiring a professional to install your countertops is a must. This can cost more than other countertop materials, which can be installed yourself, even if you aren’t the most do-it-yourself type. If you have experience with concrete, and you do it yourself, then you’ll save yourself more than you can imagine on labor costs.
Installing concrete countertops can take some time. It’s not a one weekend project, that’s for sure. The finished project, no matter how well you planned and how well you installed it, will not look like what you imagined, which may not be what you had in mind when you decided to use concrete. Concrete countertops often need more maintenance than other types of countertop types, including waxing once a month.