Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Concrete Countertops

Granite has held the reign as countertop king for years, and for good reason. It never chips, it is durable, easy to clean, comes in a lot of color variation, etc. I have granite in my own home for all of those reasons.

However, there are a lot of options out there and concrete is one of them. People get scared of concrete because it is a cast product that is thought to be very porous and prone to cracks. Good companies, like J.Aaron Concrete, stand by their products and have taken steps to ensure their product is as pressure resistant (7,000 PSI, meaning that it would take 7,000 lbs of pressure per square inch of pressure to crack the surface) and stain resistant as possible.

The patina of the concrete and the fact that they can match any paint color is a huge bonus. The mixture of this more 'industrial' counter top with a more traditional cabinet is a great look and something that I would definitely consider it in my next home.

Concrete would also be a cool idea for a bar countertop/sink (I really like this tile backsplash too.) If you go with a quality product, red wine will definitely not stain.

(photos by J.Aaron)

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