Concrete countertops have a variety of advantages that other materials simply cannot match. That being said, concrete isn’t your only option. Here at Stonemade we’ve come up with a handy little guide of everything you need to know about the durability of concrete worktops, to make sure you’re making the most educated decision possible.
After all, it’s your money and your home, so you need to be confident that concrete is the right choice for you. Here’s everything you need to know about concrete worktops.
If your countertops are going in the kitchen, it’s obviously going to be a huge bonus that they are heat resistant. Concrete is very heat resistant, however, as with everything else, it’s best to avoid putting very hot pans or trays straight onto the surface to avoid damage or discolouration to any seals.
Does its appearance improve with age?
Concrete tends to take on its surroundings as it ages. This means it will develop a warm patina over time and develop beautiful characteristics as time goes on. This is the only worktop material that will do this and instantly adds a classic finish to any home.
It is stain resistant?
In its natural state, concrete is porous which means it is much more susceptible to staining. However here at Stone Made, we make sure to seal every worktop before fitting with the highest quality, toxic-free products. Using a sealant will also ensure the worktops are water resistant. Concrete will not scratch.
Is maintenance involved?
To make sure your concrete worktops remain stain and water resistant, it’s important to keep the sealant topped up. This can be done by giving the surfaces a good water-based wax every nine to twelve months. Waxing will also reduce the chance of cracks appearing over time.
How long will it last?
Concrete is a hard material that is designed to withstand a lot over its time. The likelihood is that unless you want a chance, your concrete worktops will never have to be replaced. Adding a protective coat to the concrete can only make it even stronger, so is the best thing to do to guarantee work surfaces that will last a lifetime.
How about colouring and texturising?
Thanks to a variety of pigments and finishes available on the market, you can give your workspaces a whole range of different textures and hues. This will not only make the surfaces look beautiful, but make them feel unique. Ultimately, this will increase the sales value of your beloved home.
If you would like to browse our beautiful range of concrete worktops at Stonemade, click here. We cover the whole of the UK, too!