Why A Concrete Countertop?
It is the latest trend, and for good reason…concrete material provides you with far more diversity that you can apply to a personal design. This basically translates into your imagination (within reason), and is your only limitation when using concrete for your new countertop.
Countering Concrete Countertop Costs
If you stagger the costs involved with traditional granite or marble countertops against a concrete one, you will quickly discover that concrete is a huge savings…until you pay a contractor or company to custom create it for you, shape it, style it and then deliver it to you. After all of that, you are not saving hardly anything, and you will end up paying about the same as you would for traditional materials.
Concrete Designs & Styles That Will Not Require Updating
The first thing you want to get designed out is the type of style that you are looking for with your new countertop. The best way forward is to make that (sometimes difficult) decision of the overall scheme of your kitchen; is it old and eclectic-looking, is it modern with sleek and slender lines, or is going to be a little bit more subtle and traditional? Once you know what your style is going to be, then you have half the battle won. The overall shape of the concrete countertop is now chosen, so you need to now work on texture and colour.
Because concrete is fickle and will actually change colour and become unique with each batch, you can be rest assured that no matter what design you choose, it will be unique to your kitchen! If you are recruiting the assistance of a contractor, then you will be restricted as to what colours that particular contractor offers (each contractor has their own way of mixing concrete).
Molds, Mixes and Supplies
It is not easy, but it is not impossible if you decide that you want to try your hand at doing it yourself…crafting your own concrete countertop. If you or someone you know is already in the concrete business, then you already have access to numerous supplies and tools that you will need, if you do not…you are looking at some heavy costs to get you sorted out. If you are pretty much ready to tackle custom making your own concrete countertop, then make sure that you also have the correct sealers, glass fiber, counter mixes, topcoat and molds & mixes.
DIY Savings VS. Contractor Costs
Is it going to save you money by doing it yourself rather than hiring a professional to just get it done for you? Well, that all depends on your actual experience with concrete, as there are many mistakes that can be made throughout this process (and that would increase your costs overall). Fitting the concrete countertop right up to the wall can sometimes be an issue, so can ending up with a very noticeable gap between the concrete and the sink. The thickness or thinness may be off and affects proper installation of plumbing and the list goes on…you should factor all of this in when making your final decision, as to whether or not you will do your concrete countertop yourself, or farm it out to a proficient contractor.