Why consider concrete as a material for interior applications, like my kitchen or bathroom counters?

Concrete is an extraordinary material that is practical, expressive, and aesthetic all at once. From a primal and formless slurry, you can transform it into virtually any shape that becomes a solid mass. The possibilities for creative expression are endless. You can grind, polish, stamp, or stain it. You can embed meaningful objects within it.

What are the advantages of concrete countertops over marble or granite? How does concrete compare to granite in terms of both cost (per square foot) and surface texture?

The biggest advantage of concrete over natural stones like marble or granite is that it is completely customizable; you can sculpt, mold, and texturize it to your desire. If you have a concrete kitchen or bathroom counter made for you, the cost will be based on the complexity of the form, the mold-making process, and the desired finish, rather than the size.

Do concrete countertops have an application in more traditional kitchens?

Yes, absolutely. Style is dictated by design; concrete can adapt to any look and have a “warmer” feel than other natural stones. Edge detailing and decorative inlays can help a concrete counter blend into more traditional environments.

Can I put a hot pot directly onto a concrete kitchen counter?

Concrete is heat-resistant but is subject to thermal shock if a red-hot object is placed directly upon it. Like granite, the exposed area may flake or chip away if too much heat is applied. In addition, the heat could damage the sealer and wax applied to the concrete surface. We recommend using trivets for hot cookware.

Can concrete countertops chip, flake, or crack?

Like marble or granite, concrete corners and edges can chip if struck by a hard object. Sealing and rounding the inside corners of a concrete mold, or form, with silicone will ease the edges and prevent chipping. An eased concrete edge is much less likely to chip or flake than a sharp edge.

Does concrete stain?

Yes, all concrete products can stain. We use the best eco-friendly sealers available but they have their limitations. Properly sealed concrete should not stain.
However, unsealed concrete has approximately the same porosity as limestone and marble.

Would concrete countertops be good for outside use, as an outdoor BBQ countertop? How will a coloured concrete counter hold up in the sunshine?

Concrete is perhaps the most common building material for exterior use on the planet, however polished and pigmented concrete require special consideration when placing outdoors. The effects of freeze/thaw along with the wear and tear from weather and natural elements can degrade the polished surface if proper care is not taken.
If your concrete countertop will be subject to freeze/thaw conditions, we recommend covering them when not in use during the winter months.