When considering popular countertop materials, concrete has always been a competitor on that list. For years, most people preferred concrete slabs over other materials for their trending traits. From modern industrial appeal to its minimalist beauty and versatility, it seems to be the winning option.
However, in recent years, things have taken a turn. Concrete slabs are becoming less and less popular. Mainly because of problems that come with these slabs and a new competitor that has better alternatives. Enter into the ring, quartz.
A concrete look alike quartz has concrete slab’s good qualities, but eliminating the bad ones, and adding all the good attributes quartz has to offer.
Quartz slabs have gained popularity when it comes to upgrading kitchen countertops and bathrooms. And for good reason. If remodeling your kitchen is in your future, you should certainly consider quartz slabs.
But what makes quartz countertops better than concrete? And are less or more costly?
Let’s dive in and see the benefits of choosing quartz over concrete.
Why Choose Quartz Over Concrete?
While concrete offers unique qualities for a kitchen, bar, or bathroom countertop, quartz is the better opponent. Concrete slabs are available in many colors, designs, shapes, and textures. Quartz slabs offer all of these qualities too and much more.
1. Quartz Can Mimic Any Material.
This is the most attractive feature of quartz material when creating a bar, laundry, or kitchen countertop. Whether you want the look of concrete, (or marble, or granite for that matter) quartz allows you just that but with all of the qualities of quartz.
2. Quick Installation and Cost
Quartz countertops are comparatively easy and straightforward to install and take just a few hours to complete, depending on the size and design. Another perk, with a quartz countertop, you get to start using it immediately. Concrete countertops, meanwhile, take between 5 and 7 days to cure. The surfaces subsequently need to dry out for another couple of days before they’re ready to use. Yes, there are variants that dry faster, but they still take up to two days.
While looking at the main differences between concrete and quartz countertops, both of these materials can be considerably costly as they are among the higher end surfaces.
However, concrete can be even more expensive due to the complexity and duration of its installation.
3. Minimal Maintenance
When it comes to maintenance, quartz countertops wins with a knock-out. They are considerably easy to maintain. They are non-porous, meaning they need zero sealing, and they don’t absorb water and won’t attract stains.
Also, due to their considerably hard surface, they are hard to scratch or chip off. This means that your countertop remains smooth, chic, and attractive even through regular daily use.
Since quartz countertops are hard, non-porous, and highly resistant to heat, they tend to be significantly durable. Offering the desired appearance for the longest period of time, quartz is a great option for kitchen, bar, and bathroom countertops. Concrete is susceptible to stains and scratches. You can seal them, but even sealed concrete will show marking and stains.
5. Versatility and Beauty
Quartz countertops can be manufactured and customized in a myriad of colors, textures, and patterns. This gives you the flexibility to choose a slab that matches your interior and offers exceptional beauty and value.
For example, quartz slabs can be made to offer different edge designs, similar to a natural stone. In terms of colors and patterns, these unique surfaces allow you to achieve that trendy concrete countertop look.
With Quartz countertops being all the rage right now, a lot of people ask, which Quartz Colors look like Concrete countertops? Below you will find some of our most popular Concrete-looking Quartz countertop Colors.
If you would like to see any of these in person, we invite you to stop by our showroom in Austin at 11102 Bluff Bend Dr. Or give us a call for a personal appointment at (512) 829-3857.