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The Pros & Cons of Concrete Table Tops

If you’re searching for a table with a unique-looking surface, you may come across a range of designs featuring concrete table tops.</br></br>This material is now used for dining tables, side tables and a variety of other accent pieces; however, concrete table tops are a relative newcomer in home furnishings, and many aren’t sure about the quality or functionality of these pieces.</br></br>To help you sort out if a concrete table might be right for your space, we’ve done the investigating for you. Here are the pros and cons on these innovative surfaces:</br></br><strong>Pros</strong></br></br><strong>Appearance</strong> – Concrete table tops have a smooth, modern look that’s at once industrial and refined. A balance like that is hard to find, so this surface definitely win points for style.</br></br><strong>Durability</strong> – Concrete counters and tops are so durable they’ve been dubbed the <a title="Houzz" href="http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5727761/list/kitchen-counters-concrete-the-nearly-indestructible-option" target="_blank">“nearly indestructible option”</a> by many. It won’t scratch, crack or dent under normal wear. But, if you do somehow manage to damage it, you can fix it easily with a concrete patch.</br></br><strong>Weight –</strong> These table tops are quite heavy, meaning that the table will stay where it’s placed and add an anchoring element to any room.</br></br><strong>Heat tolerance</strong> – Part of concrete’s “nearly indestructible” nature is its tolerance for heat. This material won’t scorch like wood and can even withstand hot pots or pans, so you don’t have to worry about always having trivets on the dining table.</br></br>(Note: Some concrete table tops are sealed with wax or acrylic, which is susceptible to heat damage, and so must be treated with care.)</br></br><strong>Customizable</strong> – Because concrete is a porous surface, an unsealed table top can be customized with your favorite color or pattern using paint, an acid stain or other creative method.</br></br><strong>Cons</strong></br></br><strong>Hard Surface</strong> – Concrete table tops are very hard and cold, and some may find this to be a harsh or unwelcoming feature for home furnishings. A particularly hard table top may also be hazardous if you have small children who might bump their heads on it.</br></br><strong>Weight</strong> – The weight of these tables can also be a negative. Concrete weighs an average of <a title="Concrete Construction" href="http://www.concreteconstruction.net/concrete-articles/nominal-weight-of-standard-concrete.aspx" target="_blank">150 pounds per square foot</a>, so if you have a large table or a thicker tabletop, the weight will make the table difficult to adjust or relocate, which isn’t ideal if you’re used to more flexible furnishings.</br></br><strong>Prone to Stains</strong> – The same porous material that makes it easy to customize these tables also makes them susceptible to liquid stains. Because of this, unsealed concrete may eventually develop unexpected coloration.</br></br>While some appreciate this look for its depth and character, others may just see unsightly rings and splatters.</br></br>In the end, concrete-top tables have some significant advantages as well as drawbacks. Consider both, and take your space and planned use into account to decide if a concrete table might be the perfect addition to your home.
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