Concrete countertops are a “hot-ticket” item for 2007
According to a recent article on ServiceMagic.com, concrete countertops are one of the hottest trends for 2007, along with home elevators and energy efficiency. The article states,
"Concrete counters have a modern appeal and function. As the world continues to appreciate exposed brick and iron beams, industrial themes show no signs of slowing. Concrete counters are most often seen in flat, thick slabs, but they can be molded into any form. This is modern era’s answer to granite counters."
Read the full article at http://www.servicemagic.com/article.show.Hot-Ticket-Home-Items-for-2007.13534.html?link_id=5109.
This is a good summary, although concrete countertops do not need to have an industrial look. The article on this website "Using Concrete Countertops in Traditional Design" has many examples of non-industrial looks.
Another article on ServiceMagic.com does a good job of explaining why concrete is poised to replace granite:
"The real advantage with these counters is that they are new. Everyone has been so tunnel-visioned on granite for so long that nothing else would do. The problem now is that you can’t find a home that doesn’t have the same counter top as every other home. Pretty soon granite will be just as dull as people think laminate is now, if only because everyone will have it.
Concrete counters are the now. They have been out long enough to amend the early problems, but not long enough that you see them everywhere."
The article trips up, however, when it states that concrete countertops are inexpensive: "The materials and process are fairly inexpensive so the counter itself is not the costly venture that other solid stone materials are." It also states "In essence, nothing is particularly special about concrete counter tops."
This is simply not true. What’s special about concrete countertops is that they are handcrafted, custom and unique. No two concrete countertops are alike, and the craftsmanship that goes into them is what makes them special – and costly. The materials are inexpensive (sand, cement, water, etc.), but the skill and labor that goes into them are not.
The full article is available at http://www.servicemagic.com/article.show.The-Latest-Craze-in-Counter-Tops.13524.html.
Overall, these articles are positive but contain a few inaccuracies.
— The Editors