Concrete is growing in popularity as a countertop material as it is extremely durable and adaptable to many different kitchen designs. Before choosing concrete as a countertop option over granite, however, there are advantages and disadvantages for each that you need to understand.
One of the biggest attractions for concrete countertops is that it is easy to perform the installation yourself. It is also more affordable than granite in most cases. Concrete can give your kitchen a rustic, chic look that is difficult to find with granite.
The biggest drawback to concrete, however, is that it is porous. This means that the surface can be damaged more easily than it can with other types of counters and makes it more likely to stain. Placing a hot pan directly from the stove onto concrete will more than likely stain the counter and could actually cause damage. It is also more prone to scratches and you will need to clean it with special cleaners due to its porous nature.
There is a reason granite is one of the most popular options for countertops. They are extremely durable and give your room luxurious look. Granite does not stain or erode like cement counters can. It is also non-porous, making it resistant to bacteria and mold growth.
Granite is heat and scratch resistant, allowing you to place hot pans directly on the surface. Granite cannot be installed by someone who is not a professional. It is also more expensive than cement. You cannot use harsh chemicals on granite or they could damage the surface and acidic materials like juice, coffee and red wine can cause stains if they are not wiped up quickly.
Concrete offers many different color options as the stone can be tinted to any color you choose. You can also choose to mix broken glass or other materials to create a one-of-a-kind look. Because granite is formed in the Earth, colors are limited to what Mother Nature decides to create. Concrete can also be molded into any shape you want which is especially beneficial if you have an oddly shaped kitchen. Granite is limited in the shapes it can take.
If you are considering natural stone for your home or office, contact us today to learn what the best options for you may be. You can fill out the easy form online or give us a call to speak to one of our knowledgeable representatives.