Go Green with Custom Concrete Countertops

Go Green with Custom Concrete Countertops

By Women Designing Kitchens at Royal Kitchen Designs

When it comes to remodeling, today’s homeowner is as much concerned with aesthetics as the environment. That’s why many people are attempting to incorporate “green” decorating into their design. One of the hottest trends today is the use of concrete countertops.

Once found primarily in industrial usage, concrete countertops are quickly becoming commonplace in contemporary homes. Boasting rich color and visual texture, style-savvy homeowners are now requesting concrete over granite and marble. It’s just as durable as natural stone, but much more versatile.

With concrete, you can have any shape or color you want. Concrete is a structural material, so you can vary textures. You can grind it to expose the aggregate or leave it as it comes out of the mold. You can even inlay objects (such as broken, but beloved, pieces of crystal or china). You can also emboss textures or etch images into it. Your options are limited only by your imagination.

The manufacturer we work offers two types of concrete countertops: polished concrete and terrazzo, featuring bits of broken glass. Both are excellent environmentally-friendly options. In fact, the recycled glass used in the aggregate is actually bottles and glasses collected from local restaurants and stores. The recycled content in the concrete can range from 30% to 70% by weight or volume. What a wonderful way to recycle.

Not only is concrete more versatile than granite and marble, it’s much more flexible. Concrete countertops can be created in any size and shape, with a variety of edge options. The largest slab available is five-feet by nine-feet and can be up to 12-inches thick. This is ideal for those homeowners interested in making a bold statement.

Like granite, the process begins by making a template. Back at the shop, our manufacturer first builds all the forms to size. Then they mix the concrete, pour it into the forms and let it set. Once it is ready, it is polished and then installed. The actual installation is similar to that of granite, using wood supports. Finally, a sealer is applied to make it more scratch-proof and stain-resistant.

Concrete countertops require very little maintenance. Washing your countertop with mild soap and water is the best method of cleaning. For maximum protection and beauty, apply a wax or sealer monthly.

In addition to countertops, concrete can be used for bathtub surrounds, sinks, and even tiles. All applications are environmentally responsible. So, if you’re thinking about remodeling and would like to make your home more eco-friendly, consider the many uses of concrete.

Royal Kitchen Designs is a full-service interior design and renovation company specializing in kitchens, bathrooms and luxurious living spaces. The company has been serving Broward and South Palm Beach counties for almost a decade. From custom kitchens and beautiful baths to designer draperies, every Royal Kitchen Designs project receives the royal touch. With over 75 years of combined experience, owners Margie Levy and Eliane Berdah can turn any home into a castle. Call Royal Kitchen Designs at (954) 717-1805 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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