Have you noticed how popular concrete countertops have gotten in the past few years? Frankly, it seems like you can't turn on any of the home improvement television shows without hearing at least a mention of them. Well, if you are thinking of choosing and installing some concrete countertops, then you need to be sure that you keep these guidelines in mind:
- Styles. Concrete countertops have a bit of an edge over other types of countertops. The reason for this is, that there is literally no end to the types or styles that you can choose for your countertops. It's really rather simple when you stop and think about it. Concrete countertops are not solid when they are being created, rather they are liquid. This means that they can be formed into any shape, and have any design that you want stamped onto it.
- Installation. While it can be a bit messy, it is actually fairly easy to install concrete countertops. However, when installing these types of countertops you will want to take a few precautions. The most notable precaution would be to place down a drop cloth, even if you haven't installed any flooring yet. You are working with wet concrete, which means that once it dries it will be literally hard as a rock. This means that if you spill any, you will have some cement on the floor which can make installing any flooring a tad difficult, and the drop cloth will help prevent that from happening.
- Maintenance. The maintenance of concrete countertops is remarkably easy. In fact, as long as you have properly sealed it, and you remember to wax the countertops once a month, there is very little to do. Just make sure that you are willing to do this each month (waxing) so that your countertops will look their best.
- Cleaning. As long as you are maintaining your countertops regularly, you should have no problem with cleaning. At most all you should really need is a bucket of warm soapy water and a clean sponge or rag. Wipe or scrub up the spills as soon as you see them, and the counters will be looking good as new in literally no time.
With this information in hand, you will be better able to make an informed decision about the type of countertops you want in your home.
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