While we aren’t sure how this trend got started, concrete countertops have increased in popularity in all kinds of kitchens from modern to traditional. Homeowners everywhere love their industrial look and ability to pair well with natural woods, stainless steel appliances, and flush cabinetry.
These counters certainly have a unique, raw look; however, despite what you may think about the hardness of concrete, countertops made from the material can actually be more difficult to maintain than more traditional choices like granite or quartz. In this blog we’ll give you a rundown on concrete countertops and provide you with the best stone alternatives.
Cons of Concrete Countertops
While concrete countertops are deemed to be a stronger, more affordable alternative to natural stone, this can potentially come at a cost. Concrete countertops are susceptible to developing flaws, such as cracks and chips, over time.
Concrete is more porous than other natural stone options, meaning it can easily absorb liquids and even develop bacterial growth. Because its porous, concrete is prone to staining, and unlike other surfacing materials that can mask some light staining, the uniformity of concrete isn’t as successful at hiding stains.
Also, concrete is just as it appears: heavy. This surface can weigh up to 25 pounds per square foot. This weight can cause increased pressure on your flooring and cabinetry, so it is recommended that a professional evaluate your kitchen or bath for reinforcement requirements before installation.
What are Some Alternatives to Concrete Kitchen Countertops?
If you want to add the unique look of concrete countertops to your space without the hassle, we’ve got you covered! Check out some of the concrete countertop alternatives from the experts at B.C. Stone.
We recommend choosing quartz to achieve the look of concrete. Quartz countertops can take any kitchen or bathroom to the next level. Known as one of the most durable countertop materials on the market, quartz can withstand the demands of any busy lifestyle all while maintaining its beauty.
Rugged Concrete Quartz
Rugged Concrete is an authentic and robust industrial-inspired quartz surface design, accentuated by dramatic gradients of grey and white textural patterns.
Cloudburst Concrete Quartz
Cloudburst Concrete offers a truly unique aesthetic with its soft grey concrete base and white, tonal, cloud-like pattern.
Raw Concrete Quartz
Raw Concrete has a soft grey color and distinctive texture that delivers the classic industrial concrete look.
Are you interested in learning more about Rugged Concrete, Cloudburst Concrete or Raw Concrete quartz? Contact or visit us today! Our knowledgeable team would love to answer any of your questions or concerns. Be sure to view our live inventory to see our current stone inventory, including full slabs and remnants. Don’t forget, BC Stone now offers special financing so you can treat yourself (and your wallet) with convenient monthly payments for your budget.