Concrete countertops

Concrete countertops are a handmade product. The material which is used for its production is concrete. If so, many homeowners might think that the color of actual countertop will be grey or very similar to the color of concrete, but nowadays experience contractor or fabricator can make your countertop look like it is a slab of a natural stone. Different colors of pigments and stains, mixing with cement will make a unique look to the countertop. It is even possible to make any mosaic or sparkling look. Other great thing about concrete countertops is that they can be made by any desire sizes and shapes. It is very durable and long lasting material.

There are also some factors homeowners should be aware of before making a final decision. Concrete countertops should be properly sealed. They are porous and without proper sealing can be easily damaged or stained. Concrete is a very heavy material and unlike other types of countertops if installation is not done right it might crack. Sometimes additional supports for cabinets might be required. When it comes to the cost of concrete countertop they are not cheap, but on the top of a list by prices.

Making and installing concrete countertop is the type of a project we highly recommend to hire experienced professionals in order to avoid any unpleasant and unpredictable situations. But if you want to save, you can try to do it yourself.

- First of all, you have to find out if cabinets will support the weight of a countertop and if it is necessary make an addition supports. Usually the thickness of concrete countertop 1.5”-2”. 1.5” thick weighs about 18.75 pounds per square foot; and 2” thick weighs about 25 pounds per square foot.

- After that, you should make a decision about size and prepare desire shape of mold where the concrete will be poured. Do not try to make very long and wide pieces, but instead try to incorporate seams every 8-9 feet. Longer pieces will have greater possibilities to crack. Use materials for constructing mold with a smooth finish and seal joints. Also this a time to create desire form for edges.

- Mix the concrete and add desire color pigments or stain. Pour the concrete to the mold and set the steel mesh, which will add strength and prevent cracking. Let the mixture completely dry. The drying time will depend on many factors and manufacturers usually putting drying time on the bags of their products. Sometimes it might take a week, sometimes with a fast setting mixture one day.

- After it is completely dry remove the mold, sand and seal the countertop.

It might seem easy, but in reality it is a time consuming process and require having proper tools.