If you're building or remodelling a laboratory at your school, one of the most important features you need to consider is your countertops. Counters are where most of the learning--both hands on and written--will take place, so you need to choose wisely. Here are 3 reasons why you should hire commercial concreters to create concrete counters for you.
It's Resistant to Germs
From bacteria cultures to animal organs, school science labs are filled with substances that can present a health hazard if not cleaned up properly. In order to clean adequately, you'll need counters that are easy to sterilise. This makes concrete a great material choice. When sealed, concrete is a smooth, impermeable surface that germs won't be able to get into. All you'll need to do is wipe down the countertops with disinfectant to get them clean. For extra protection, you can opt for antimicrobial sealants that further prevent bacterial growth. In addition, concrete countertops have no grooves or visible seams that germs can get into. Even large counters made from multiple concrete slabs can be made seamless with filler.
It's Resistant to Burning and Staining
When it comes to chemistry lessons, Bunsen burners and open flames abound. That's why it's important to have countertops that are resistant to high heat. Popular choices like laminate and other synthetic materials aren't heat-resistant, but concrete is naturally. Just make sure you ask your commercial concreter to choose a heatproof sealant, as some sealants can be discoloured by hot objects. Likewise, a good sealant won't be discoloured by staining. This is important for school labs because children and teens often spill chemicals or leave uncapped pens lying around. With a stain and burn resistant concrete countertop, you can plan fun and engaging lessons with chemical reactions or dyes without worrying about being reprimanded over damage to property.
It Can Be Cast in Any Shape, Size and Colour
When it comes to remodelling an existing lab or building a lab with limited space to hand, you need a countertop that can fit a set design. Concrete is perfect for these situations because it can be cast in any shape, size or colour. You'll be able to get countertops that fit in the room and match the paint scheme at a reasonable cost. Even if you're building a new lab from scratch, versatile concrete allows you to create the lab you've envisioned rather than being forced to design a lab around the pre-made counter options available.