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Why Choose Concrete Countertops: An Interview with Christi Tamayo of Select Surface Solutions

By Christi Tamayo

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Select Surface Solutions is proud to provide all of Central Florida with turn-key services for all commercial or residential decorative concrete projects. We carry a comprehensive inventory of materials and tools, provide contractor and DIY training, technical support, and can recommend the best-matched certified concrete contractor for any concrete project.

When you call or visit our showroom/warehouse, you will find a friendly, knowledgeable team whose sole purpose is to provide you with everything you need to complete your project in the most time and cost efficient manner possible.

What are some of the most popular areas where homeowners in Florida are using decorative concrete?

Traditional decorative concrete applications are still very popular in Florida - pool decks, driveways, walkways, interior-polished and stained concrete floors for commercial settings. In the past year we have begun receiving more requests for residential polished and stained concrete flooring because they are incredibly easy to maintain and reduce indoor allergens. However, our fastest growing system is precast concrete. This includes concrete countertops, outdoor living areas, wall panels, furniture, architectural accent pieces, etc. The precast concrete system that we carry is very user friendly and so versatile that your imagination is what limits its uses.

Can you briefly talk about the benefits of having concrete countertops?

Would you like your counter to look like a guitar? Maybe light up like the night sky? Or maybe you want that gray, concrete industrial look that is all the rage? Concrete countertops allow you to do as much or as little customizing as you'd like. There isn't another product out there that provides as many options as precast concrete. Concrete countertops are priced comparable to granite, and depending upon their finish can be more durable.

Many of the materials used in concrete countertops are recycled and can earn builders LEED points.

What are the basic options that people have when it comes to design and pattern?

Shape, thickness, color, aggregate color and size, edge profile, texture, sink type, and inlays (ie. cutting board, dish drain area, trivet, and soap dish). It's quite simple to design a one-of-a-kind countertop that people consider a piece of art.

In terms of functionality, what does a concrete countertop have to offer?

Everything a granite or other traditional countertop materials offer with the addition of customized options that will make using your kitchen, bathroom, office desk, or outdoor grill a more enjoyable experience.

What is your personal favorite advice to give homeowners deciding on getting new countertops?

Houzz?get ideas.

Think about how you use the space.

What would make your life easier, more enjoyable?

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