The Pros and Cons of Stone vs. Concrete Countertops

When choosing a countertop material for your home, consider aesthetics, cost, durability, and functionality.

steps to take after a concrete pour””Renovating your kitchen or bathroom adds to the value of your home and to the value of your time in it. Countertops are the largest surface area in your home and there is a lot to consider before settling on an appropriate material.

Cost per square foot, stain-resistance, and color availability are all important factors to consider when deciding what countertop material to install in your kitchen or bathroom. Granite, marble, and quartz are all popular choices, but do not overlook concrete. Concrete is a durable, cost-effective, and eco-friendly material for home improvement.

Color Options

When you choose concrete as your countertop material, it gives you the freedom of customization. Concrete countertops can be dyed or stained to match any interior décor and mixed with other materials like colorful aggregate, river rock, and seashells.

Many people like granite for its luxury status and because it is a more “natural” choice. Granite is quarried in large, one-piece slabs, so you are guaranteed a one-of-a-kind piece. Although you cannot customize the colors yourself, you can find granite in a multitude of deep, natural tones.

If you plan to decorate around your new countertops, granite has a lovely array of subtle patterns and earth tones. However, natural stone can be limiting when you want a specific match to your existing décor. Concrete can save you the money you would spend redecorating to match your new countertops.

With concrete, you can also add personal embellishments like iron embeds and stamped initials. Inlays, inserts, and impressions can also be used to create a customized countertop unique to your home.

Endless Edge Details

Another benefit of poured concrete countertops is customizable edging options. Corbels, rope-look edging, and rough-hewn rock are just a few examples of available edging options. These finishing details can give your kitchen or bath an upscale, custom feel that is not available in granite, quartz, or other forms of natural stone.

Granite and marble come from quarries in blocks that are then carved down to meet your project specifications. While this guarantees a unique look for your counter, it also means that there will be visible seams. There is a limited space that a single slab of stone can cover.

If you have a large counter surface, or one with curved edges, creating a seamless look is difficult for natural stone. Concrete can be designed to follow any curvilinear line or rounded edge, and can incorporate most custom built-in shapes.

Guaranteed Durability

When it comes to weighing the pros and cons of stone versus concrete countertops, durability is often concrete’s distinguishing factor. Concrete that has been mixed, prepared, and poured properly is resistant to chipping and cracking.

Concrete is more porous than natural stone, so it is more prone to staining. It also has to be resealed more often than granite to keep it looking fresh. But, unlike natural stone countertops, concrete can be repaired without being replaced.

Concrete countertops that are regularly maintained—cleaned, stained, sealed, and protected from extreme temperatures—can last a lifetime.

Price Comparison

The cost per square foot of natural stone ranges from $100 to $200 based on where it was quarried and how large of a slab you need.

The price for a poured concrete countertop varies because pricing is based on shipping (if required) and time spent in the design, construction, and installation processes. The cost is unique to each customer, but averages between $65 and $135 per square foot.

To find out more about creating your custom-poured concrete countertop, contact Razorback Concrete at 870-455-0700 for a free estimate.

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