Q: What is the typical pricing for concrete countertops?
A: Concrete Countertops range in price between $80.00 and $120.00 per Sq.ft.
Q: How do we make our concrete countertops?
A: Our countertops are pre-cast at our facility or poured in place. When pre-cast, a template is made to use in developing a form that duplicates the conditions at your home. The countertops are made of cement, aggregates and additives, such as coloring and fiber mesh (for strengthening). Structural steel and wire mesh are used as reinforcement. The countertops are poured and allowed to cure in place. Depending on the finish chosen, a grinding and polishing tool may be used followed by a sealer and wax.
Q: What are the factors that affect cost?
A: Thicker countertops, integral inlay designs, back splashes, custom edges, textures and shapes.
Q: What are the advantages of concrete over marble and/or granite?
A: The biggest advantage of concrete is that it is uniquely customized to your personal tastes; you can use different textures and inlays, and sculpt it to your own desire. Every countertop is an original; no two are the same.
Q: How easy are concrete countertops to clean?
A: In short, cleaning your countertop is not going to be any more difficult than cleaning any other type of countertop. Non-abrasive, mild soap and water will work well for daily cleaning.
Q: How much do concrete countertops weigh? Will my cabinets support them?
A: 1.5" countertops weigh about 18.75 pounds per sq ft compared to granite at 18 pounds. Standard Cabinetry will support concrete countertops because the weight is distributed over a large area.
Q: Can I put a hot pot directly on the concrete countertop, or use it as a cutting surface?
A: We recommend using trivets for hot cookware. Like granite, concrete is heat-resistant, but can be subject to thermal shock if too much heat is applied. We do not recommend cutting directly on the countertop surface. The concrete is strong, but the sealers that protect it can be damaged. Your new countertops are a valuable investment, keeping them away from sharp or scalding objects is the sensible approach. However, we can inlay a stainless steel trivet into the countertop as well as build slide-ins for butcher block cutting boards.
Q: Do concrete countertops stain?
A: Concrete has approximately the same porosity as marble. Acids, especially red wine and vinegar, can etch the surface if spills are not cleaned up right away. Your custom designed countertops will come to you sealed and waxed to help keep them looking great for years to come.
Q: Do concrete countertops crack? Do they easily chip?
A: It is possible for hairline cracking to occur. This is not structural and is part of the character and uniqueness of concrete. Chipping can happen if there is an extreme amount of abuse. Everyday uses should not cause a chip, but we do not recommend taking a hammer to the corner of the countertops. If a chip does happen, it is easily repaired and remarkably unnoticeable.
Q: What about color choices and inlay options?
A: Here is where concrete separates itself from the rest of the field. Your options are virtually limitless. If you can dream it, we can build it. Your countertops will be a true refection of your thoughts and dreams and because we form it versus cut it, we can create shapes and designs that other natural stones could never achieve
Q: What types of backsplashes are available and how are they integrated with concrete countertops?
A: Backsplashes can be made from whatever you want. Anything can be inlayed into concrete backsplashes. Concrete backsplashes can be cast monolithically with countertops or separate.
Q: What about seams?
A: Seams in concrete countertops are similar to those in natural stone countertops. Joints are incorporated to accommodate the design and handling of the countertops and can even become part of the design itself. In most cases, seams are filled with color matching caulk.
Q: What is the time frame from template to installation or shipping?
A: Four - Six weeks (depending on the size of the job). This time is a must to allow for proper curing and sealing.