Recent findings on discoveries of human settlements that existed long ago tell that human beings made use of concrete for decorative purposes and also in construction as well. In the modern times, the use of concrete for decorative purposes has been seen more in the floors and counter tops. The thing with concrete is that it has an aspect of versatility making it very easy to work with and for various purposes. Many home owners look to give their homes a personal touch and the counter top is among the items that are used to make such visions materialize. Concrete is the way to go if you are looking to have exclusivity in the making of counter tops because you not only get to play with color or the texture of the surface but also you can have the installation of some fittings that you want added on the counter top’s surface. Many contractors will want to show their customers that they have skill and what better way is there than to do a custom job on a counter top , that way the concrete counter top can fit into the overall theme of the house. Concrete counter tops require a lot of time and concentration to deliver something that the client will appreciate, a counter top with a lot of detail will take up to two weeks to fully complete. The design, form work and all activities involved to the application of a coat sealer is the amount of labor needed to deliver a concrete counter top. For clients who might be having laminate counter tops already and want concrete counter tops, it’s not necessary to pull down that which is in place but rather a contractor can just prepare the surface and add a polymer with a cement base which will give a concrete counter top in the end, one can choose the texture and even shape they want as well, on top of that its less expensive and easier to construct.
Acid stains, the application of overlays, eye catching patterns, the use of iron oxide colorants etc. makes up decorative concrete. To achieve colors with the use of acid stains, the acid reacts with minerals in the concrete. Addition of color into concrete should take place before consolidation or after blending in the color hardener. Countertops surfaces embedded with sea shells , brass, copper coins, the use of aggregate color or a combination of some options whatever it is , it will look great.