Not many people consider concrete as a building material for their kitchen countertops. Most people tend to choose wood because it is cheap, or granite because of its look. Concrete is actually the perfect material for a countertop because it offers the same cost-effectiveness as customisability as wood, as well as the strength and durability of granite.
Wooden countertops do not last as long as concrete and they can be susceptible to water damage. Granite, on the other hand, is highly expensive. Concrete offers the perfect balance between the two materials, which makes it an ideal material for countertops in most homes. Here are some more reasons why you should consider using concrete for your kitchen surfaces:
Concrete countertops are highly durable
Concrete is a strong building material, which is why it is the material of choice for most construction projects. Not only will concrete countertops last for decades, but they are also heat and scratch-resistant. Kitchen countertops usually take a beating; from hot pots to chopping with knives, the surface needs to be strong enough to resist these forces.
Wooden countertops can easily burn if a hot pan is placed on the surface. They can also get scratched easily by knives and kitchen trays. Wooden countertops are also easily stained by spilled food and drinks. Concrete is easy to clean and maintain, which adds to its durability.
Concrete is versatile and customisable
There are two basic types of concrete countertop; a precast slab or a concrete overlay that rests on top of a wooden base. Both of thee options allow for the concrete to be made into any shape that will fit any kitchen space. Concrete countertops can be poured into customised moulds that will fit the space available.
A concrete overlay also allows homeowners to simply pour concrete over the top of their existing countertops without having to go through the effort and expense of removing them first. This is not possible with granite as it is a dense and heavy surface – the underlying countertop would not be able to support the weight of the granite without reinforcement.
Concrete is affordable
Concrete is made from cement, sand and water – affordable materials that will create a strong surface when combined. Wood is the cheapest material, but it does not have the same advantages as concrete. Granite is a luxury material that few can afford, so it makes sense to use concrete – a material that is cost-effective and durable.
Concrete can be a fraction of the cost of granite, yet still offer the same benefits. It is an amazing substance to have in the kitchen and can also be coloured and decorated to resemble granite. Concrete is forgiving and can withstand the wear and tear that countertops endure in busy kitchens. It is also easy to maintain and can be a hygienic surface on which to prepare food. Consider using concrete for your countertops in order to exploit the advantages of both wood and granite, without the disadvantages of these two materials.
LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.
LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in Mbeya, Southwest Tanzania.
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