5. Concrete Contemporary and industrial, concrete countertops offer another option that blends function and chic modern design. These can be constructed and cast right in your kitchen and they can be color-tinted. New treatments reduce the porous character and eliminate cracking. Concrete is heat and scratch resistant, and the look is exotic and unusual, a nice variant on the modern design theme. In sum, these are kitchen countertop options for every style and every budget. Any of the five material choices for your new or remodeled kitchen will give character and beauty to your hardest-working kitchen surface. Your choice will define your kitchen as the countertop is the focus of every kitchen. These choices have a proven record of durability as well as beauty. While there are other choices, like laminates which scratch, lift up at their edges and look cheap, or butcher block wood surfaces which can be porous, scratched and require much maintenance, only these five categorical choices will boost your home value while they survive scratches, food and water spills to maintain a clean, stylish, decorative appearance.
The initial type of bamboo countertops are actually a form of laminate. To create this eco-friendly product, manufacturers start by making cross-brand laminates that they call multilam. Small strips of bamboo are then glued together to produce the planks. Once all of the separate planks are assembled, they are all glued together with a formaldehyde-free, non-toxic adhesive. Once the countertops are delivered to the jobsite and installed, they will most likely need to to have a finish sealer applied. Use a low VOC sealer to keep your countertops eco-friendly, and as green as you can. Bamboo Countertops Constructed From End Grain: End-Grain bamboo is an alternative method of manufacturing countertops. The end grain bamboo is glued together just like the planks. But, rather than creating planks of long bamboo, the manufacturers of end-grain bamboo countertops create them from rectangular pieces of bamboo. Theyre glued together much like the planks and a finish sealer is added. What is the Cost of Bamboo Countertops? The cost of bamboo is relatively inexpensive when compared to that of granite or solid surface countertops.
Also, if exposing the aggregate, consider using aggregates other than gravel, including broken glass, marble or granite chips, nuts and bolts, etc. Portland cement is the binder that keeps concrete held together. Because traditional Portland cement is grey in color, it can have an effect on the overall look of the concrete countertop. If you are looking for a top that can be easily stained dark colors, or if you are wanting to leave the concrete countertops the natural, grey color, then regular Portland is the right choice for the project. However, if your concrete countertop is going to be white or light colors, or you need it to be easily dyed or stained, you may be better suited to choose a white Portland cement. It has the same binding properties as traditional Portland, only it is white in color when cured.
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