Published Sunday 24th of November 2013 // Updated Thursday 23rd of February 2017
When you decide to install new countertops in your kitchen, there are a number of options. You could choose timeless butcherblock, chintzy laminate, or classy granite. However, one of the newer material options is the concrete countertop. Concrete is fast becoming a preferred material for constructing kitchen countertops, especially considering the health concerns associated with granite countertops emitting potentially cancer-causing radon.
The benefits of concrete countertops, on the other hand, are many. For instance, it can be filled with colored materials or decorative particles such as quartz or marble, giving the concrete the look of a number of different stones, like granite, for a fraction of the cost. It is inexpensive and incredibly durable, lasting for long periods of time with little upkeep. They arent easily damaged from knives or dropped pots and pans, and they can be protected from stains with a simple sealing regimen.
Periodic sealing, maybe once every three years or so, will ensure your concrete countertops remain fresh and protected for the long haul. While the biggest threat to your concrete countertops would probably be acidic stains, like lemon juice, as well as other stains from tomato sauce or red wine. By choosing the proper sealer that will protect against heat, scratches, and other dangers, these stains will not seep into the concrete, instead sitting atop the material to be cleaned up at your leisure.
There is currently a debate in the concrete community of professionals about which sealing method is best for kitchen countertops. The consensus has gradually shifted to topical/penetrating sealer blends like Concrete Countertop Sealer 660 followed up with a concrete wax which will protect your concrete from heat and scratches and against stains. The combination of the two products will protect your concrete from stains, heat, and scratches, allowing you to cook and take advantage of your beautiful countertops without anxiety.