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High-Performance Mix Design: Understanding GFRC Mixes

GFRC is a combination of fine aggregate, cement, water, polymer, chemical admixtures and glass fiber.GFRC is a combination of fine aggregate, cement, water, polymer, chemical admixtures and glass fiber. The key to GFRC is the glass-fiber reinforcement. The fibers take the place of steel in a wet-cast mix. They allow GFRC to develop much higher flexural strengths than typical wet-cast concrete, allowing you to cast thinner, lighter sections and pieces.

From the Ground Up: Building a Concrete Home

A compass placed on the concrete floor in this kitchen.In this house, concrete is everywhere, from the floors to the walls to the tabletops. And it doesn't stop there, the entire home was consructed using concrete and insulated concrete forms.

Concrete, Wine and Fiber Optics, The Perfect Mix

Outdoor bartop inlayed with wine bottles and fiber optics.Catering to his client’s passion for fine wine, Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif., crafted this striking outdoor serving counter, which incorporates more than 200 recycled wine bottles.

The Case for CSA Cements for Concrete Countertops

A concrete countertop that was made with CSA cement.According to Jeffrey Girard, P.E., founder of The Concrete Countertop Institute, concrete with calcium sulphoaluminate (CSA) is the way to go for countertops.

"When I first used CSA instead of portland cement, I recognized that it offers a technological advantage," he says.

Concrete Countertops Come Alive After Dark

Glow in the Dark Concrete Countertops 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.

Elegant California Concrete Home and Fireplace

Blue gray concrete sink with the edges ground down and polished to expose the aggregate within.At their showpiece house, the artisans at Flying Turtle Cast Concrete let their imaginations soar.

Ten Tips For Setting Up a Concrete Countertop Fabrication Business

A workbench with tools lit up with an overhead lamp.Getting started in concrete fabrication can be overwhelming. Here are 10 solid pieces of advice that veterans from across the country have for artisans who are setting up shop.

What is the Right Amount of Reinforcement for a Concrete Countertop

One could argue that cast-in-place countertops are not beams because there is plywood supporting them. However, if you think about it, even in construction, plywood isn't a structural component; it is flexible.Reinforce your knowledge and make structurally strong concrete countertops.

Medical Facilities Turning to Decorative Concrete

A closer look at decorative concrete making its way into medical facilitys across the U.S. and beyond.A closer look at decorative concrete making its way into medical facilitys across the U.S. and beyond.

Bathroom Vanity Gets Industrial-Look Concrete Countertop

Unique concrete countertop with gauges to create a "pit stop" look.Although Shelley and Guy Chomistek of Rafter C Precast Concrete are no strangers to custom concrete countertops, this recent bathroom project held some unique creative challenges.

Cheng Concrete Design Award Winners

Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.

LED Lights and Fiber Optics Offer New Possibilities for Lighting Effects

Just like water, light is a natural entity with subtleties and effects that unfold in unexpected ways.There are few things you can add to decorative concrete that are as impactful - or as unpredictable - as light. Just like water, light is a natural entity with subtleties and effects that unfold in unexpected ways. Light can create an environment without help from structure, shape or texture.

Recipe: Beach Glass Countertop

Beach glass embedded concrete countertop blues and green glass.Custom countertop design evokes the look of a lakeshore with integral color and acid stains, plus the homeowners' collection of beach glass used as a creative custom aggregate.

New Countertop Sealers Do More Than Just Protect

Different items lined up to test against the sealers strength.More demand means better ingredients — but are they really all that different from floor sealers?\

The ideal concrete countertop sealer is a product that provides protection from stains, looks and feels like bare concrete and is safe to use.

Compass Rose Medallion Table Top Mold from Proline Concrete Tools

Compass rose table by Proline.What if there was a way to take the leftover concrete from a job site and turn it into a moneymaker instead of throwing it away? Thanks to Proline Concrete Tools’ Compass Rose Medallion Table Top Mold, there is.

Troubleshooting Concrete Countertops: Tips from the Experts

Cracks in a concrete countertop do no necessarily mean there are structural issues. Concrete cracks, that is part of life.If you're new to making concrete countertops, you may have encountered any of a number of pesky problems. Even experienced concrete countertop artisans encounter a problem now and then, but they will also tell you that practice makes perfect.

Decorative Concrete Tips: Considerations When Forming Concrete Countertops

When you install concrete countertops in a kitchen, there are many details to consider in addition to the countertops themselves.When you install concrete countertops in a kitchen, there are many details to consider in addition to the countertops themselves.

Washington Restaurant Gets Decorative Concrete Overhaul

Concrete shelves installed on the stamped brick facade.A job that began with a mere 80 square feet of overlay snowballed into a decorative concrete transformation — complete with faux hollow tree — for this restaurant and bar.

Counter-Flo Concrete Countertop Admixture: a water reducer

Fritz Pak Concrete Countertop admixture water reducerCounter-Flo Concrete Countertop Admixture, an admixture from Fritz-Pak Corp., is intended to solve that problem. It’s a water reducer designed for use when creating concrete countertops and statuary. It helps concrete maintain an adequate flow rate with less water, allowing a contractor to lower the amount added to a mix.

How to Eliminate White Specks in Colored Concrete

Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects (see Concrete Decor's Feb./March issue). What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects. What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.

Taking a Chance on Bright Kitchen Countertops

Concrete countertop with a curved edge and orange top is the island in this kitchen.Bright colors are not usually what come to mind when thinking of concrete, even for concrete countertops in kitchens and bathrooms.

However, Stone Soup Concrete has noticed a lot of orders being placed with the company for just that.

New UV Sealer For Concrete Countertops

Bar top that has been sealed with a UV rated sealer.As Bob Chatterton, co-owner of Surface 519, puts it, "Countertops are just a sealing nightmare. It's asked that they be resistant to everything under the sun."

So it seems a natural correlation to make a stain- and scratch-resistant coating that uses the sun - or at least the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Cheng Design Awards Best in Concrete Countertop Design

Concrete and wood countertop by Eric Boyd, Reaching Quiet Design, Charlotte, N.C.Concrete countertop guru Fu-Tung Cheng saluted his latest group of top proteges at January's World of Concrete.

Concrete Countertop Overlays are Finding Favor with Homeowners

Applying a countertop overlayDecorative concrete has become increasingly popular with every passing year, and has evolved from primarily flooring products to use in walls, showers and countertops. Because of the increased popularity in decorative concrete, the used of overlays has grown as well and they have a lot of advantages.

Plastic Concrete Forms are a Durable Option to Lumber

Plastic Concrete Forms are a Durable Option to LumberAs 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.

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