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Why Concrete is Ideal for Residential Remodeling

23. July 2018 12:35

Remodeling the kitchen or bathroom are great ways to update a home’s look and functionality and add the personal touch it deserves. Today kitchens have become rooms where the majority of living occurs, and they are also rooms where money spent on remodeling yields the highest return on investment. Inevitably the quest to beautify the home will involve the coordination of cabinets with countertops.
 
If you currently fabricate laminate countertops to go with your cabinet work, I'd like to introduce you to a new option: Concrete! Concrete is ideal for residential remodels because when people remodel, they always personalize, and they always upgrade. Concrete is a high end, custom surface that represents a big upgrade from laminate - and a lot more money in your pocket.
 
Here are a few ways that concrete countertop craftspeople can add a homeowner’s personal touch to their projects:
 
- Color: Concrete can be colored through integral pigmentation, surface staining, or dying. Sheer endless colorations and dramatic effects can be created.
 
- Embedments and inlays: Think decorative stone chips, river pebbles, recycled glass, stainless steel chips, even mirror glass. Inlays allow for even greater focal points. Those are much larger objects that can be placed inside the countertop form before concrete is poured. You can expose tile, gem stones, and even metal objects.
 
- Drainboards and trivets: Add functional design right into your countertops! Drainboards can be lowered sections of the countertop, or simply grooves that were cast into the counter. Trivets are usually raised metal rails that are integrated into the concrete.
 
- Go 3-D: One of concrete’s greatest advantages is that you are not bound to a typical 3 cm thick slab. Create the illusion of thickness by dropping the front edge 10” if you like. Integral concrete sinks are popular choices and a welcome reprieve from the standard undermount sink option. Intricate 3-dimensional design is among the favorite design techniques exclusive to concrete fabrication.
 
With concrete, if you (or your client or designer) can imagine it, you can do it!  Learn more about this during the "Leapfrog from Laminate to High End Concrete" session at the IWF Education Conference.

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