Countertops were the name of the game at a recent workshop sponsored by the Institute for American Craftsmanship in Eugene, Oregon. Offering its participants valuable experience in making precast and cast-in-place countertops, decorative concrete tiles and even concrete stools.
Coatings that cure when exposed to ultraviolet light pose unique challenges for artisans and contractors, but the performance and cure speed of these materials may make them worth it.
At a wine and cheese gala held during the WOC tradeshow, Concrete Exchange presented awards to the winners of its first concrete countertop design competition.
The powdered sugar-like product is available for a little more than $100 per pound, and for this project it only took 1/4 pound to achieve this long-lasting glow effect.
Along with his focus on quality work, Chris Becker makes education a priority — for homeowners, builders, architects and landscape designers.
Turn your little concrete countertop shop into a that big business by getting your projects out the door sooner.
Countertop concrete is not your grandfather’s concrete. It requires new approaches to the basic elements of mix design and reinforcement. This in-depth look takes you inside the bag.
When asked how Gore Design Co.'s two (and soon to be three) integral sink molds set themselves apart in the marketplace, Gore Design principal Brandon J. Gore says it's a matter of timeliness.
Aggregates that glow and sparkle. Scented concrete. Salted concrete. Cremated ashes in concrete ... Just some of the out-there options that are only offered by this industry.
As a child, who wasn’t thrilled to see the wood forms come out indicating a new sidewalk, driveway or even basement was about to be poured? Today, we know concrete can do so much more, and certainly the forms that helped shape it have changed, too.
Thanks to its incorporation of glass fibers into mix design, GFRC is thinner, lighter, stronger and offers more design flexibility.
Decorative concrete bars and concrete countertops are “anticlimactic” to many concrete contractors. Many concrete contractors continue to push the limits of what concrete can do as a medium by creating good design and shapes that are not often seen within the decorative concrete industry.
Self-consolidating concrete (SCC), also known as self-compacting concrete, is an amazing and special type of concrete that is highly flowable and resists segregation. It is the perfect product to use for creating concrete countertops.
When you live in Tennessee and you’ve got clients with a bare kitchen who also like to entertain and enjoy their adult beverages, a Jack Daniels theme seemed like a natural fit.
Proper reinforcing and good mix design go hand in hand to prevent problems with concrete countertops. The materials you use for reinforcing are just as important as those you select for your mix. To understand which materials are best for reinforcing your concrete countertop, you first need to understand how reinforcing works.
Dominating the interior of Mille-feuille, a tiny bakery and cafe in New York City’s Greenwich Village, is a massive pale beige countertop, all smooth concrete curves and subtle flecks of off-white marble.
A beam is a horizontal structural member that spans some open space and is supported near the ends. The beam can then support some weight placed on top of it somewhere between the end supports. A floor joist is a beam. Concrete countertops are also beams.
The Montego is a three-story condominium building in Oceanside, Calif., that offers roof access for its residents to relax or entertain. The building is a couple of blocks from Oceanside Pier, so the rooftop overlooks the beach. Sounds idyllic, right?
Achieving a fine polished look in concrete countertops requires using progressively finer grits of diamond pads.
Born out of frustration with the long learning curve for mastering GFRC, Cheng Concrete’s NeoMix D-FRC is designed to not only shorten that learning curve for contractors, but also to outperform traditional GFRC in regards to flexural strength and abrasion resistance.