The most popular countertop materials are usually granite, quartz, and laminate. Most people totally overlook concrete. However, in recent years concrete has seen a surge in popularity because of its versatility, flexibility, and natural beauty. Concrete can be designed to fit almost any design to add interest to your kitchen or bathroom through a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and textures.
Concrete’s flexibility is a very valuable addition to any kitchen or bath project. It can be utilized where other conventional products cannot, i.e. non-uniform, odd shapes. Concrete is not only great visually, but it is great for functionality as well because it can be molded into almost any shape or design and still support itself. Different types of concrete mixes will deliver a wide range of surface finishes and textures – from rustic pitted and distressed finishes to smooth, modern and sleek. Concrete artisans can also incorporate decorative aggregates, glass, steel shavings or inlays to really make your counter a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
There are many benefits to working with concrete, one of the biggest of which is the ability to create highly personalized designs with ease. The possibilities are endless; the only limit is your imagination. This makes concrete an obvious choice for designers who want to create unique, custom creations for their clients.
These beautiful designs can also be quite functional. A Few elements that can be landscaped into your concrete design are:
- integrated drain board and cutting board rails
- recessed outlets
There are virtually no limitations to concrete. It can be poured. It can be sprayed. It can be troweled. It can be hand-packed. It can be ultra-smooth or rough. It can be any color. And it can be any size.
Challenges of Using Concrete
Nothing is totally perfect, and concrete is no exception. Concrete also has its share of challenges. One of the biggest is learning to predict and control any possible scenarios that can come into play when creating a material from scratch. Factors such as temperatures, additives, and molding techniques will all have an effect on how the project turns out. There are many, many variables you’re constantly trying to control and it would take a very long time to learn all of the nuances. There really isn’t a “one size fits all” solution to anything. However, all of these unique challenges do add to the uniqueness of every piece.
Masonry Repair and Restoration from Del Prete Masonry
If you are ready to upgrade your landscaping and hardscaping, Del Prete Masonry has the experience and expertise to get the job done right for the right price. To explore our residential and commercial services and set up a consultation, please give us a call at 410-683-0650 or contact us online. We currently serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and get more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.