Where do Concrete Countertops Rank in todays industry standard? Concrete Counters are #1, top of the line in Countertops. The rank above granite, marble, formica, cultured marble (fiberglass), and wood. When properly crafted by a true Artisan, nothing comes close to the versatility and beauty of concrete.
Do Granite Countertops Contain Radon? Granite countertops contain various levels of Radon, releasing gas into your home. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer. With the increase in Breast, Prosatate, and Colon Cancers, and even Autism, all environmental factors should be closely monitored to ensure the safety of your family. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/25/earlyshow/health/main4292754.shtml
This is one of many articles on the subject. If you notice the drop in granite prices, it is because it has run its course and is now the formica of yesterday.
Are Concrete Countertops extremely heavy & require special cabinet reinforcing? No. Actually, concrete countertops can be lighter than granite yet able to be much thicker for a much more pleasing look. Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) can now be made to yield a product up to 1/3 the weight and 10 times the strength of normal concrete.
If I get a concrete overlay, do I have to have my kitchen demo'd? No, with proper materials, a concrete Artisan can perform an overlay over tile, formica, wood, cultured marble, or even granite. This saves you 30% of your remodeling bill and still gives you the performance of concrete and the look and usability of a solid pour. Tables, buffets, dressers, hutches, fireplace mantles, columns, etc can all be overlayed if prepared properly. Concrete overlays are now modern science.
How many color options are available? With a formally trained Concrete Artisan, the color and pattern options are endless, from simple granite/marble colors to one-off custom original designs. That's part of the beauty of concrete! Your pattern can be customized to be the focal point and not lost behind a microwave or blender, instead it can be fixed so that your highlights are out for all to see.
What about seams, as with granite that only comes 22" wide and 8 ft long? Concrete can be custom fabricated to any size, shape, length, or thickness you so desire. Accessories can be made into them such as sinks, fruitbowls, drainboards, fiber optic lighting, cooking trivets, whatever makes your daily life easier.
What do concrete countertops cost? Depending on the complexity of the layout, coloring, finish, and overall design, concrete countertops range anywhere between $40 to $200 per square foot. Baseline granite starts at $45 sold in your typical home store, so concrete is very reasonable. PLUS, there are no seams, no Radon, and most importantly, no design limit!