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GGCL Differentiating COUNTERTOP MATERIAL COMPARISON: CONCRETE VS GRANITE QUARTZ Porcelain Slabs and More

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GGCL Differentiating COUNTERTOP MATERIAL COMPARISON: CONCRETE VS GRANITE QUARTZ Porcelain Slabs and More

While concrete is not the only option for kitchen countertops, it offers a number of advantages that other materials cannot match, particularly when it comes to versatility. Here, we compare concrete with some of the most popular alternatives.

CHARACTERISTICS TO COMPARE

Here is how concrete stacks up in ten categories compared to other countertop materials like granite and quartz:

  • Heat resistance - Concrete is very heat resistant but avoid placing hot pots or pans on sealed surfaces, since the heat can damage or discolour the sealer.
  • Cost factors that influence the final cost.
  • Needs sealing - In its natural state, concrete is porous and may stain. Applying a surface sealer will make the concrete water and stain resistant.
  • Stain resistant - Spills happen frequently in a kitchen, it is important to have a counter that is not susceptible to staining. A good sealer will protect your concrete from wine, mustard, oil and more.
  • Colour options - Colour options with concrete are nearly endless with integral colors, staining, or both. This gives you the ability to coordinate or match the countertop with other colors in a room.
  • Cast in any shape - Concrete can be cast in any shape and practically any size.
  • Visible seams or grout lines - Large concrete countertops will have seams, but the appearance can be minimized with the use of a colors-matched filler.

COUNTERTOP COMPARISON CHART

 

Granite

Synthetic Solid Surface

Porcelain Slab Tile

Laminate

Engineered Quartz

Concrete

Resistant to high heat

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes
(unless treated with a sealer or wax)

Cost per square foot

$70-$175

$50-$90

$20-$70

$20-$50

$80-$140

$65-$135
(For a standard 1.5-inch-thick countertop.)

Needs sealing

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Stain resistant

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes, when sealed

Color options

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Unlimited

Cast in any shape

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Visible seams or grout lines

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No
(when seam filler is used)

Endless edge details

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Accepts inserts and inlays

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

Appearance improves with age

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

  • Endless edge details - Contractors can create custom edge forms to replicate any design using moulding products such as extruded styrene or liquid rubber or plastic. Accepts inserts and inlays - Concrete countertops can be personalized with unique embedded items such as pebbles, recycled glass and seashells.
  • Appearance can improve with age - Concrete is not a static material. It will evolve and acquire character over time, developing a warm patina.

 

CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS VS GRANITE

Granite is a common material used for countertops. It shares many qualities with concrete countertops including being strong and durable. The costs are similar, with a simple concrete counter being slightly less expensive.

While you can find many different colors of granite, concrete has a limitless palette. Furthermore, concrete can be made to resemble any surface material including granite. In addition to the colors, concrete can be poured seamlessly, whereas granite may need to be installed in multiple pieces, giving you seams across your counters.

 

CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS VS. QUARTZ

Another common countertop material is quartz. Quartz can be customized to your project much like concrete. Since quartz is an engineered stone it comes in a wider array of colors and patterns than granite, but not quite as many as concrete. Concrete is noticeably more cost-efficient when compared with quartz.

Quartz offers strength and durability but cannot match concrete’s versatility when adding texture. Concrete can mimic natural materials like wood, or stone. Along with its color, concrete can take on a very realistic appearance, unlike quartz.