Not many people know that concrete makes for an excellent material in NYC kitchen remodeling. When used for countertops, concrete is very similar to smooth slabs of stone. Concrete, however, is slowly becoming a material of choice for many homeowners as it is a stylish and efficient choice.
Concrete countertops can be made on-site but it is recommended to purchase them precast and delivered to your kitchen. This is because the premade concrete counters are normally much smoother than those finished by hand, which are more likely to curl or crack because of uneven curing; a likely probability as concrete requires some weeks before it properly dries. This fact alone will prove to be an inconvenient hurdle for those remodeling their kitchen.
Concrete countertops are also available in several colors. This is made possible by adding coloring pigments in the concrete mixture. After the curing process, the concrete slabs are sealed in order to avoid any kind of staining. There are several techniques that can be used in order to avoid cracking, a common problem with concrete. Oftentimes, fiberglass or metal rebars are used to support the concrete slab making them much more durable.
A concrete counter is normally 1 ½ inch thick and is very durable. You can expect to pay between $80 to $110 per sq ft for a concrete counter which is actually quite cheap considering that it has to be custom made for your kitchen.
There are several different materials to choose for your countertop and it would be in your best interests to give each one due consideration before making your choice.