Concrete in general, is one of the most magnificent products to use in the kitchen, bathroom and on the floors of your home. There are a wide range of concrete available and each have its own unique features unlike natural stone. One of the benefits of polished concrete over other products including marble, laminate or granite is that they are hand crafted and uniquely designed making it impossible to duplicate. If you are looking to make your kitchen look attractive, comfortable and unique, installing a polished concrete bench is your best option. A custom made concrete benchtop allows you to add your personal taste and flare to the design of you home while offering the satisfaction you deserve.
Building and installing concrete benchtop
Building the benchtop in your kitchen offers you more control of the environment. What makes a concrete benchtop standout amongst other material is that you can choose to polish the surface to a mirror finish or opt for the sink style you so prefer. There are different options to choose from when planning to make concrete bench tops. A poured in place concrete benchtop allows for a seamless finish. A formwork mold for the benchtop can be made using melamine, a type of wafer board with a smooth surface. The curves and shape of the mold should be given due consideration. Melamine is considered the best material to use as it can cut easily while offering a stunning smooth finish. Once the material is formed, then pour the concrete benchtop using a reinforcing mesh. Once that’s done, ensure the mold is vibrated vigorously to allow air out of the concrete. Afterwards, it is left to set for several days.
Finishing the concrete benchtop is done by polishing with a wet grinder and diamond pads. These polishing pads can be within the range of 50 grit to 3000 grit depending on the style and preference. Polished concrete benchtops offer a hard, smooth surface making it easy to clean and maintain.
Concrete Benchtop Sealer
Unsealed concrete is porous allowing liquid to soak and stain the surface of the concrete. In order to enhance the appearance of the concrete and protect it from stains, it must be sealed. There are different types of sealers for concrete benchtops including penetrating sealers and topical sealers. Both of them have their advantages and disadvantages so choosing the one that’s best for you is a matter of the environment the benchtop will be installed in. Filling the voids makes the concrete benchtop easier to clean and maintain, makes it smooth as glass and stain-resistant. A benchtop built with concrete offers plenty of benefits and many design options to enhance the beauty of your home that other benchtop materials just don’t deliver. The versatility and flexibility of polished concrete benchtops allows for different kinds of styles, curves and shapes all tailored to suit your taste.