If you want counters with a unique shape, concrete may be a good choice, since it can be formed into any mould. They’re often cast right in the kitchen, which Deslaurier says makes the installation a more complicated process. He says this material is not as popular as granite or quartz right now. When he does sell it, it’s usually to someone who knows exactly what he wants.
“When we sell concrete, it’s because somebody walks in and says, ‘I want concrete,’ and that’s it.”
Heat-and scratch-resistant, can be colour-tinted, looks exotic. Additives reduce porosity, custom-formed with a modern appeal.
It can crack without proper treatment. It can appear cold and industrial. It is porous, but can be sealed.
$80 to $120 a square foot, installed.
— Canwest News Service