If you’re in the process of designing a new kitchen, you’ve probably come across this question; should you get concrete or granite countertops? In order to find an answer to this question, we’ve created this article. We take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantage of both materials and at the end we try to pick a winner.
One of the biggest advantages of concrete countertops is the wide variety of colors to choose from. The material can be tinted any color you want. This is perfect for people who want to create a unique look. You can basically do anything with it. Mixing pigments and other materials (for example broken glass) into the concrete can create a one-of-a-kind look.
When it comes to colors, the options for granite are rather limited. Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of colors to choose from, but concrete has more possibilities.
Since concrete is poured into a mold as a fluid, it can take on any shape you want. That’s why a lot of kitchen designers like to work with this material. Granite is a bit more limiting when it comes to custom shapes.
Every cook is worried about scratches. In terms of strength and durability, there’s no clear winner. Both materials should be strong enough to handle whatever culinary activities you can throw at them. But as always it’s best to be careful.
When it comes to maintenance, granite might be the better choice. Concrete is porous so it tends to be more susceptible to staining than granite. That’s why this material will probably need to be resealed more often than granite.
The true cost of a concrete countertop is not in the material itself, but rather in the time for creating unique shapes, designs, transportation, and installation. Granite, on the other hand, isn’t know as a cheap material either. Both materials are going to run anywhere from $50 to $250 per square foot installed. In the end, it’s all about your personal needs.
Concrete countertop examples
This white concrete countertop was made using GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) for a lighter, more durable countertop.
This modern kitchen has a blue glass backsplash with concrete countertops:
Another great example of a concrete countertop. Check out those beautiful Maroccan tiles!
Granite countertop examples
Besides granite and concrete, there are plenty of other materials to choose from.
Acrylic and polyester countertops can also look great in modern kitchens. Because this material is nonporous, it’s virtually maintenance free. Color and pattern options are extensive, and the seamless installation means there are no cracks to trap dirt.
Quartz is also a viable option. This material is a good compromise between the beauty of stone and the easy care of solid surfaces. Quartz is also available in a far greater range of colors than natural stone.
If you want a more glamorous look, you can try marble. Marble stands up to heat pretty well and because it remains perennially cool it’s a great choice for pastry and baking stations. The problem of this material is that it’s susceptible to stains.
Tiles are a versatile material for countertops, because there are thousands of colors and designs to choose from. If one or two tiles chip or crack, they’re fairly easy (and cheap) to replace.
Stainless steel countertops are mostly used in commercial kitchens, but have found their way into our homes. This material is nearly indestructible and it resists heat and bacteria. Stainless steel also provides a very distinctive look that’s perfect for modern kitchens.