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The Guide to Choosing the Best Material for Your Kitchen Island

For the design-savvy, you might already be aware that concrete countertops (and concrete furniture in general) have become increasingly popular in Australian homes in recent years.

Whereas stone and timber used to be the obvious choice for modern kitchen islands due to their visual appeal, concrete kitchen islands are very in-vogue now – not just for looks, but for practicality too. Using concrete as your kitchen island top material means more durability and less maintenance, as well as higher resistance to heat and stains.

Concrete is an excellent material choice for your modern kitchen island

Concrete furnishings and fixtures are synonymous with industrial interior design. The fact that concrete can be transformed into just about any shape leaves plenty of room for creativity, especially where glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC) is concerned.

The enduring nature of GFRC also makes it perfectly suited to cantilever designs, as it can protrude impressively far without a support structure to hold it up. In short, GFRC is a kitchen designer’s dream material for the boundless possibilities it offers.

At Concrete Collective, we use GFRC for our kitchen benchtop installations, as it is far stronger and much more durable than other kinds of concrete. You can have your concrete kitchen island top custom-made to be as thin as 20mm, and it’ll still be remarkably strong at this thickness.

The benefits of choosing concrete over other materials for your custom-made kitchen island

  • Polished concrete will produce the same reflective finish as marble or granite, at a more cost-efficient price
  • The cost of installing a marble or granite kitchen island top will ultimately be determined by the size of the benchtop, whereas with GFRC it will revolve around the complexity of the design that’s being moulded (typically, concrete benchtops are much cheaper to have installed in your kitchen)
  • There are highly effective sealers available that are specifically designed to be applied to concrete surfaces, protecting them from stains, heat, abrasions and other factors. Of course, concrete also lends itself to a charming patina effect over the years, which many people seek for their renovated kitchen designs.
  • GFRC kitchen island tops are more resistant to chips, flakes and scratches than inferior types of concrete
  • Concrete offers the same air of elegance and sophistication as marble and granite does, but without the styling limitations and higher price tag

Speak to Concrete Collective today

Concrete Collective custom makes kitchen islands from carefully sculpted glass fibre reinforced concrete, in whatever shape and style you desire. To enquire about arranging a custom made concrete kitchen island for installation in your home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We also manufacture high-end concrete benchtops, splashbacks, dining tables, bench seats and outdoor kitchen furniture.

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