Exceptional materials are currently gaining ground in the kitchen world – concrete in particular is very much in vogue. No wonder: the material is stable, scratch-resistant and offers chic loft charm.
Concrete kitchen fronts
Not every kitchen that looks like concrete is actually made of concrete – that’s a question of weight. Thus concrete fronts are often simulated artificially made of ceramic or plastic. However, kitchen fronts, shelves or worktops with real concrete surfaces can also be offered with a special manufacturing process.
How is this possible? Through high-performance concrete made of very finely ground cement, which is processed into exposed concrete. Its consistency is reminiscent of honey and can even be applied to a substrate with millimeter thickness. The concrete layers must be very thin, especially in kitchen fronts, which is why some structure stabilizing materials are added. The manufacturer Leicht uses MDF support plates for its kitchen fronts, for example. These are filled with polyester and thus not only more stable, but also lighter.
Concrete worktops and exposed concrete elements
Complete countertops made of concrete usually have to be cast individually. They look much more massive and are also very heavy at about 100 kg per square meter. As concrete is an open-pore material, after a while in the kitchen operation, signs of use may be noticeable. Especially fat splashes or acidic cleaning agents unfortunately leave a lasting impression on the concrete surfaces. Over time, this creates a natural patina effect that also looks good.
A concrete worktop or other exposed concrete elements can also be sealed to protect them from the ingress of water and fruit acids. Depending on the taste of this paint can be applied glossy or matte. In addition to the synthetic sealing method, there is also the option of treating the concrete elements with oils or wax. But since this shift lasts only a few weeks, the procedure must be repeated regularly to refresh the look.
You should still be careful with hot pots, trays or jugs as the painted concrete can also be affected by heat. If you want to clean your kitchen, a damp cloth and mild detergents are best.
Advantages and disadvantages of concrete in the kitchen
Advantages of concrete in the kitchen
- Stable, therefore suitable for worktops and fronts
- Is an eye-catcher, as concrete kitchens are rather unusual
- Nice patina effect
Disadvantages of concrete in the kitchen
- Very hard as a worktop, which must be taken into account during installation
- Not cheap in the purchase
- Sealing of worktops needs to be refreshed
Combine concrete in style
Anyone who thinks of concrete is likely to associate this material initially with road construction or walls and floors in modern buildings. To be honest, this urban, modern and clean style also looks a bit chilly. But properly combined, the material becomes an eye-catcher. On the one hand, because it can be combined very well with materials such as wood and metal, and on the other hand, because the intentionally unfinished look succeeds with concrete elements. Something mysterious makes the device exciting!
Sturdy base for concrete worktops
If you decide on a concrete worktop, it is important to first find out about the load capacity of the base cabinets. For example, a pure wooden base would be too fragile considering its weight. To play it safe at the place, it is advisable to plan the kitchen from a single source.