As eco-friendly building and decorating is becoming more common, reliable old materials are finding new uses in the home. For example, concrete has been use for many years in construction, but not until recently has it been employed to create an attractive, durable and planet-friendly solution for a Yakima kitchen countertop. Concrete is as beautiful as stone, and it is as durable. However, concrete is much easier to work with and lends itself to more versatility in countertop shape and design.
Installing Concrete Countertops
Many people hire a professional to install a concrete countertop, because most people do not have a lot of experience working with concrete. If you have a professional install your countertops, you also know that you will end up with an attractive, high quality Yakima countertop. Since the process needs to include all of the finish details of your countertop like curves and edging, it must be executed very precisely. The mold also determines where the openings for the sinks are as well as any other design elements.
Inserts and Inlays Add Interest and Contrast
One of the really neat things about designing your own concrete countertop is that you can add whatever decorative elements to it that you wish including curves, edging and inlays. Inlays can be made of anything that strikes your fancy, such as shells or stones, although on work space you probably want to keep the surface flat. In this case, decorative tiles, glass tiles and even metallic tile makes a colorful addition to the countertop. While concrete is a rough surface, decorative tile is smooth and shiny and adds a nice, artistic contrast to your countertop.
Additional Function for your Countertops
Along with decorative inlays, you can include some functional ones as well. A stainless steel trivet inlay is a nice addition for a kitchen counter, and it can be used for to protect the countertop for cooling pies. You can also inlay sinks, drains and virtually any other fixture that helps add function to your workspace. This is where employing the expertise of a professional may make a big difference in the finished result of your countertop. An experienced professional knows how to work with concrete to get the look and finish that you desire. From adding pigments and acrylics to the concrete to add color to adding interesting inlay options, you can create an amazing workspace in your kitchen with a concrete countertop.