Lately, concrete has been showing up in some unexpected places. If you provide the concrete repairs Minneapolis depends on after a rough winter, you’re accustomed to fielding calls about sunken driveways and cracked sidewalks. But lately, more and more homeowners are looking to install concrete in their kitchens too. No, it’s not a concrete driveway that got way, way out of hand.
Concrete flooring, walls, and countertops have become suddenly popular as the loft aesthetic becomes a fixture of modern design. The same way many hip restaurants now feature exposed ductwork in their ceilings (some architects even install decorative ceiling ducts!), industrial-style concrete countertops and flooring are a trendy part of modern design.
There is one major difference between concrete driveways and countertops, though. While an expensive, stained concrete driveway will cost $15 per square foot, concrete countertops will set you back up to $100 per square foot.
So why are so many concrete repair experts suddenly being asked to double as home improvement experts? Trust us, you don’t want the average concrete repairs contractor designing your kitchen. Popular Mechanics recently covered the home concrete repairs trend like so:
“Kitchens with a modern design — lots of smooth surfaces and flat faced cabinets — tend to work well with concrete countertops. The beauty of these countertops is that they make a subtle design statement and can work with many different kitchen styles. Their timeless/utilitarian aesthetic (probably) won’t become dated like some other countertop materials — looking at you dark granite.”
We’ve already covered how the industrial and loft-style aesthetic has become hugely popular in recent years, but concrete is actually a much more durable building material than most people realize. In fact, concrete contractors can offer colored concrete in more than 250 hues, shades, and colors. There are even concrete countertops designed to look like wooden boards.
While we can’t speak to your countertop lifetime expectancy, the concrete driveways usually last between 25 and 50 years. Unlike marble or travertine, concrete doesn’t require as much maintenance as other types of materials. However, the same can be said for asphalt, and you aren’t seeing asphalt suddenly popping up in kitchens across the country.
With the right design and installation, concrete can fit in with nearly any type of home decor. Besides the standard gray, there are countless options to consider. And on top of that, it’s a highly durable material to build with.