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Q: Why Choose Concrete?
A: Concrete is extremely customizable because it is hand-crafted to the customer’s specifications. Its color, texture and appearance can be tailored to suit your specific needs. Effects such as molded in sinks, troughs, cutting boards and inlays can be added to further customize your project. Your product will be completely unique!
Q: Are All Concretes the Same?
A: No. A bag of concrete mix purchased at a large retail store may do the trick for a simple DIY project, but not for a countertop. The concrete we use for countertops has micro fibers and polymer additives that make them harder and stronger, which allows for better casting and fewer voids. The process is controlled for strength in curing and consistency, which allows it to stand up to years of use!
Q: Where Can Concrete Be Used?
A: Concrete can be used anywhere that tile, marble, granite, slate or other solid surfacing could be used. Kitchen countertops, bath vanities, sinks, bar tops, table tops, outdoor countertops and BBQ surrounds, fireplace mantels and hearths, building facades and floors can all easily be transformed with concrete.
Q: Do Concrete Countertops Crack?
A: No. A properly constructed and installed countertop that is used to its function should not crack. It is possible to experience hairline cracks or surface grazing simply due to the nature of the material but they are considered character markings similar to veins seen in stone.
Q: Will the color vary?
A: Yes. Color and texture may vary slightly throughout a product and from one product to the next. Each is hand-made and this adds to the uniqueness of the product.
Q: How do I maintain concrete countertops?
A: There is very little maintenance necessary as we apply a sealer prior to installation. If the customer wants to ensure a non-staining surface, it is important to wipe up spills promptly and can also apply a food-grade wax to the countertop every couple months. Johnsons paste and good carnauba are good options. In the rare event of a severe scar to the countertop, it can be re-sealed.
Q: What do I use to clean my countertops?
A: We recommend using a neutral solution to clean countertops. Simple Green works well as does dish soap and water. Any non-abrasive cleaner is safe to use, however. We recommend using a washcloth or sponge. Any abrasive cleaner or tough scrub brush may dull the finish. Never use an acid based solution or stripper.
Q: Can I cut on my concrete countertops?
A: As with any countertop surface, it is always best to cut on a cutting board and not directly on the countertop. We can even integrate a removable cutting board into the countertop to fit your needs.
Q: Can I set hot pans on my countertop?
A: Concrete itself can withstand the heat of a hot pan, however, the sealer is not meant to withstand this heat. If a countertop is left finished but unsealed, it may be possible, but this leaves your countertops vulnerable to staining. One solution is to design trivet ribs into the countertop near the stove, using brass or stainless steel ribbing.
Q: How thick are you concrete countertops?
A: Standard thickness is 1-1/4″. A thicker look can be achieved using techniques to give the appearance of a thicker top yet still maintain weight and size within desirable limits.
Q: How much do countertops weigh?
A: Our standard 1-1/4″ countertop weights about 13 pounds per sq ft.
Q: What is the maximum overhang?
A: A 1-1/4″ countertop can handle an overhang of 12″ without the need for additional support. Larger overhangs are certainly possible with the addition of external supports such as brackets or corbels, which can be designed into the overall look of the project.
Q: Can I use standard cabinetry or do I need custom-built cabinetry for concrete countertops?
A: Standard cabinetry is designed to carry the weight of heavy stone such as granite and marble, and therefore should be fine to hold concrete tops.
Q: What type of sink can I use?
A: Virtually any type of sink can be used with concrete countertops, including under-mount, surface mount, apron sinks or even a molded in sink built directly into the countertop. To ensure that sinks fit correctly, we require any sinks and faucets that will be used to be available at the time of templating.