Frequently Asked Questions
What colors can concrete be made?
We can make our concrete in almost any color. However we do have some standard colors to choose from. We will work with you to develop a custom color if needed. It takes about 7-10 days to produce new color sample and there may be a charge for it. We take care in formulating our concretes to match the desired color as best as functionally possible, however there are slight variations in color due to the character of the natural ingredients and the texture styles both of which are traits of the medium.
How long does it take to have a custom concrete piece made?
Once all the design details are settled and the area for the countertops is templated, the production of the countertops takes 2 to 3 weeks.
Will there be any seams in my concrete?
Sometimes seams are necessary. Seams serve a number of needs. They reduce the possibility of cracking due to the settling of the cabinets or house. They make the pieces more manageable for handling and installation. Seams can also be incorporated as a design feature. Factors that determine seam location are surface voids, piece weight, required dimensions, and layout of the space.
How heavy are they?
Concrete countertops weigh about the same as granite countertops. Most cabinets are capable of supporting concrete countertops.
How thick are the countertops?
Concrete countertops are typically 1 1/2" - 2” thick or with a false front to make them appear thicker.
Does the concrete ever crack?
We add micro fibers and pour our mix as dry as possible to prevent most cases of this. However, hairline cracking may occur from shrinkage with curing or when handling thinner pieces. This does not affect the structural integrity of the concrete.
Does the concrete stain or is it waterproof?
The concrete must be sealed, making it water and stain resistant. It is best to clean up spills as soon as possible, especially oils and acidic liquids like wine or vinegar. We finish all countertops with 2 coats of penetrating sealer, 2 coats topical sealer, and in kitchens 2 coats of food grade wax for extra.
What about color variation?
Color variation is inherent in concrete as it ages and patina develops. Color and texture may vary due to moisture, temperature, amount of surface work, and finish processes. This is part of the uniqueness and organic nature of concrete. We consistent processes, tested finishes, and colorant mixtures to allow us to offer the maximum uniformity this medium allows and practice.
How do I maintain the finish?
Regular maintenance will insure the long life of the concrete. Waxing with beeswax or carnauba based wax every couple of months will provide a level of protection and add patina the surface.
Can I put hot pans on the counter?
Yes, but as with sealed marble or granite it is best to use hot pads or a trivet to avoid scorching the sealer.
Can I cut directly on the counter?
No, use a cutting board instead. Knife marks can mar the sealed surface and set up areas for stains to form. This will also rapidly dull your knives.
Are concrete counters considered green or eco-friendly?
Yes, it not cut out of a mountain side in a 3rd world country by peasants and then transported around the world. It has no resins to bind the constituents together. It has sand and aggregate that is sourced locally, these make up from 70 to 80 % of the material. Also as an option we can use recycled glass for all or part of the sand and aggregate. Depending on the look and character that we are trying to achieve, our concrete can be as much as 85% recycled or post industrial waste.