Decorative Concrete Resurfacing

Written by Adam Blau
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Those people looking to resurface their kitchen areas would do well to consider decorative concrete as a building material. As people discover the numerous advantages of decorative concrete, it is becoming more and more popular every day. Countertops composed of concrete can look incredibly warm and natural, and they are a marvelous complement to wood, stone and other natural building materials.

Decorative Concrete and Upkeep

If you are considering having your countertop resurfaced in decorative concrete, there are a number of factors you should keep in mind. For example, many customers assume that because of concrete's strength and sturdiness, they can use the surface as a cutting board. Most of the time, however, there is an external sealer placed around the concrete that can be damaged by knives. To avoid damaging the sealer, one should always use a cutting board instead of slicing directly on the countertop.

Heat provides a similar source of confusion for customers. While hot dishes and pots may not cause the same disfigurement that knives might, it is possible for the sealer to be damaged or discolored by extreme heat. True, concrete itself is quite heat-resistant; regardless, trivets and hot plates should be used to prevent damage to the sealer layer.

Fortunately, it is possible to have a contractor build trivets and hot plates directly into the surface of the countertop. Because concrete countertops are fashioned individually, it is possible for some contractors to provide a wide degree of customization. Trivets, backsplashes, and even cutting boards can be built directly into the surface of the decorative concrete.

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