Homeowners interested in a rustic/industrial feel in their kitchens have turned to this new design trend, concrete countertops. While many argue the cement-and-sand mix is durable, other homeowners have found some flaws in installing and using concrete counters.

First and foremost, concrete is susceptible to stains and scratches. The substance is very porous and absorbs liquids and even bacterial growth. Sealing the concrete would eliminate this issue, but even sealed concrete can show kitchen spills, like olive oil, red wine, or juice.

The second flaw is that they require maintenance. Besides resealing the counter the recommended three years, you will want to pay attention to what cleaners and scrubbers you are using to clean the surface regularly.

One of the most daunting flaws is that concrete can crack. This is more common in poured-in-place counters, but cracks can happen when there is pressure or natural setting of the house.

The bottom line? If you’re looking for perfection, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you love the rugged look and are passionate about patina, go ahead and give it a try. Just do your research, and make sure you do the maintenance.