When we mention ‘concrete’ the first image it conjures up is industrial, grey and the familiar concrete slab in the sidewalk. But concrete countertops do not share any of these characteristics. It is luxurious, edgy and modern. In fact concrete is the latest material to be used for designing countertops and it has been gaining momentum for the last decade, thanks to its unique qualities. Homeowners can opt for rock-solid concrete instead of going the usual granite route, when dealing with the countertop question.
What Does Concrete Have That No Other Countertop Material Can Boast Of?
Concrete being a mix of cement and an aggregate, it can be customized to take on specific qualities. Aggregates like sand or crushed limestone can be added to the cement mix for increased strength or to attain a specific color or texture. For concrete countertops, the list of potential concrete aggregates is almost endless which gives homeowners and designers the luxury of customizing their countertops to an unbelievable level. Because concrete counters are made from scratch, concrete countertops can be infinitely shaped, styled and colored!
Considerations For Choosing Bathroom Countertops
When choosing bathroom countertop the first thing that people consider is aesthetics and top-looks. But your countertop also serves a functional role as a work surface so you do need to consider a few more things before settling on one.
Bathroom countertops are not resistant to a harsh environment either, especially when placed in a bathroom with a shower and/or tub. Think of the moisture generated from showers that your countertops have to contend with. Then there are spills from toiletries and cleaning supplies that your countertop should be able to handle.
To take on all the challenges that your countertops will face in a bathroom, it has to be durable besides being beautiful.
When it comes to bathroom countertops there are many materials to choose from but the first consideration is to plan how you’ll use your bathroom on a daily basis, which will make it easier to find the right combination of material, style and budget. That way you will end up with a countertop that will last for many years.
3 Important Questions To Ask Before Selecting Your Bathroom Counter
Do mull over these important questions-
- Are you planning a low-use powder room, or for everyday family use or a luxurious master bath?
With a powder room, you will not have to deal with the same amount of mess as a full on daily use bathroom. In a full use bathroom, the countertop should be able to deal with spills and splashes of creams, lotions, makeup, toothpaste, hairspray and a number of other personal care items. Pick a material that will be able to stand up to that use.
- What is the number of people typically going to be using the bathroom on a daily basis?
The more traffic your bathroom sees and more the number of users, the more the mess, especially if you have small children all the way to teenagers using it. For such situations an easily-maintained surface would make a good choice.
- Are you looking for a larger custom-installed countertop or just a countertop for a smaller vanity?
Vanity tops in a variety of sizes are widely available online and in home improvement stores. Whereas custom bath countertops have to installed over cabinets by a professional fabricator/installer so you may have to pay more for custom counters and the process is way more involved than setting up a pre-made standalone vanity. But customized countertops are so worth the little extra pay.
Knowing the answer to these questions can help you narrow down the materials that work best for your bathroom.
Bathrooms that will be used by large families with children or ones that will see a lot of traffic will need more regular cleaning. So easy to clean and less delicate surfaces makes sense in such scenarios. If you are looking to create a perfect bathroom sanctuary to relax in after a hard day’s work then you are better off outfitting it with a custom-designed concrete or glass countertop, as these materials can convert the space to make it more indulgent.
Depending on your design needs, it is best to get professional help from experienced concrete fabricator/installers when installing your concrete countertop. Call Davis Concrete directly on 1-800-910-6928 .