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Today from Remodeling Ideas we share some ideas for cladding with smoothed microcement in kitchens, you can use it on countertops, floors and walls.
The smooth cement it is booming in recent times. Widely used in interior decoration, be it for its low cost, for the easy maintenance it requires, for the variety of applications (floors, furniture, countertops, walls), or for the wide possibilities of finishes.
Although it looks like a coating of a lower category, if used in the right context and environment, it can become a perfect background for decoration.
There are two types of Smooth cement, a more rustic one, which is executed on site and cheaper, than its counterpart the “microcement”, In this case we will see the characteristics and applications in kitchen countertops.
Smooth concrete countertops or countertops
The cost of concrete countertops will depend on whether you continue to make it yourself or professionally install it (either pre-cast or poured), and how much customization you want.
Concrete can be cast in any shape and pigmented, stained or textured with all kinds of shades and finishes; you can even embed tiles, stones, etc.
If you are looking for perfection, you may want to look elsewhere. But if you love tough aesthetics and are passionate about patina, go ahead and give it a try. Just do your research and make sure you do the maintenance.
Advantages of smoothed cement countertops
Concrete is durable. The strength of the cement and sand mix alone has hailed it as a rock solid design option.
Cracks can be fixed. Fortunately, those fractures are generally not very noticeable and are fairly easy to repair.
You won’t find anything on the market that is indestructible. Yes, concrete can be scratched and stained, but so can almost any other material, including granite and marble.
Disadvantages of microcement countertops
It can crack. That’s a hazard that comes along with concrete countertops, either from pressure or from the natural settlement of the home.
Concrete is susceptible to stains and scratches. Concrete is known for its flaws, the most common complaint from disgruntled homeowners. This is because the porous substance can absorb liquids and even bacterial growth, so it is important to seal the surface after installation.
In theory, sealing will make your countertops resistant to stains, scratches, and heat. But in reality, even sealed concrete will show marks, especially spills like olive oil, red wine, juice, or coffee.
How to care for smooth concrete countertops
Whether you love or hate the “worn” look, you need to know how best to take care of your countertops.
- You will need to reseal every one to three years.
- Avoid abrasive cleaners that can damage the sealant
- To avoid stains, use cutting boards and clean up clutter quickly.
- Wax monthly to avoid staining.
With smoothed cement or smoothed microcement in kitchens you can achieve various styles. For something minimalist, combine it with white, for a rustic decoration with wood, and if you like industrial models, opt for iron.