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The Pro and Con of Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops offer a completely customizable, handcrafted surface popular in our kitchens and bathrooms, as well as in restaurants and bars. Concrete countertops combine functionality and beauty, and they are inherently durable and easy to clean and maintain. DTS Diamond Tools provide a range of flexible polishing pads to support you get the job done successfully.

Pro: Customization

The biggest advantage of installing a concrete countertops is that the customization options are virtually endless. You’ll be able to choose the color and shape you want. Concrete can be left its natural grey or be customized to replicate the look of granite, marble or even wood. Textures and finishes are available to match any design style, such as traditional, modern, contemporary, industrial, or rustic. Decorative glass or stone aggregates can be added to the mix to create a beautiful stone-like appearance.

Pro: Durability

Durability is another advantage of countertops. Most contractors reinforce the mix by adding glass fibers, making the counter both exceptionally strong and lightweight. Reinforcement allows for long, seamless spans and even daring overhangs not possible with granite or other materials. An added benefit is that glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is far less likely to crack.

Con: Stains

While countertops made from concrete will last for years, they are vulnerable to stains. You’ll need to regularly reapply sealer and wax to protect the surface and be sure to clean up spills and messes right away.

Con: Speed

One thing should be reminded that custom countertops take time to design, cast and cure. If you’re in a hurry, this could be a disadvantage. Plan for the turnaround time to be at least a few weeks.

Con: Cost

Their handcrafted nature means you might pay more due to the labor required. However, since they are a premium material, they will increase the long-term value of your house, making them a good investment.

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