Since the kitchen is the hub of culinary creativity, more homeowners are moving away from the manufactured look of laminates and choosing materials that are as inimitable and timeless as a treasured family recipe. Countertops made from concrete are the latest trend du jour in kitchen interiors. Discriminating homeowners are discovering that this versatile, moldable medium can be handcrafted into a distinctive surface that expresses their individuality, design preferences and even their cooking style.
Traditionally, concrete countertops are installed by local artisans that either pre-cast the countertops to fit their clients cabinet layout, or cast them in place – right over the top of the cabinets.
While there are advantages to this method, such as having a seamless countertop, it adds significant amounts of time and labor to the process resulting in costs that are oftentimes higher than exotic granite and marble tops.
ultraMix Concrete has developed a method of pre-casting countertop slabs. These slabs are available through a network of dealers and distributors around the country. By having pre-cast slabs available locally, this allows installation contractors to take advantage of the efficiencies created in the manufacturing process and supply chain to fabricate and install the ultraMix slabs much like any other natural stone countertop – and pass the savings on to you.
Installed, ultraMix concrete countertop slabs are typically 1/3 to 1/2 of the cost of traditional concrete countertops.
As far as the level of customization goes, there are many ways to customize the ultraMix slabs to meet your design style, from multiple integral and stain colors, to various edge profiles that can be achieved. When it comes to seams, those can be substantially hidden without loosing the appeal of using concrete as you countertop surface, and in fact they can serve as a control for cracking that most people worry about with cast in place countertops.
If you are looking for concrete countertops, check out our slab products for a great way to take advantage of the growing movement and timeless appeal – without blowing your budget.