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Concrete Countertops Push the Limits of Creativity

A circular ripple design placed in a concrete countertopIt's pretty easy to create a concrete countertop that looks like a garage floor. But branching out from flatwork to countertops means embracing completely different ideas on aesthetics and performance, not to mention learning different skills. Mike Moncrieff has made the leap.

Spring 2010

Concrete Decor, Vol 3, No 1

The Playful Vibe of Crafted Tide Pool Stones

Concrete tide pool stones

Decorative concrete wizard Tom Ralston is a familiar name to Concrete Decor readers for his elaborate, multifaceted homes and backyards.

But there’s another side to Ralston’s work: the wildly creative stuff that’s almost pure fun. Photos courtesy of Tom Ralston Concrete

A Guide to Combining Concrete and Steel

Concrete is one of the most revolutionary building materials of modern times. It has given the human race the ability to build sound infrastructures for the masses and has reshaped the world as we know it. Long dining room table that is a combination of metal and concreteConcrete is one of the most revolutionary building materials of modern times. It has given the human race the ability to build sound infrastructures for the masses and has reshaped the world as we know it.

Concrete Countertops: When Are They the Right Choice for your Customer?

Concrete is making a permanent place for itself as a material of choice for countertops across the country.Concrete countertops are more than a trend. As more and more homeowners and designers specify concrete countertops in new homes and in remodeling projects, concrete is making a permanent place for itself as a material of choice for countertops across the country.

Using Concrete Countertops as beams: Where the Stresses Occur

(Reprinted, with the permission of The Concrete Countertop Institute, from the textbook for Precast Concrete Countertops 101.)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.

Wet-casting an Apron-front Sink without the Corner Cracks
Success With Concrete Countertops: Choosing the Right Diamond Pads

Success With Concrete Countertops: Choosing the Right Diamond PadsThicker pads will last longer, but are stiffer and commonly prone to cupping when they dry out. Cupped pads don’t wear evenly, and often the outer area doesn’t actually make contact with the concrete. Photos courtesy of The Concrete Countertop Institute

Cheng Concrete announces 2013 winners of kitchen and bath sink contest

NeoMix D-FRC from Cheng Concrete

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.

Justin Burd and Nathan Smith, Set In Stone Concrete Design House

Concrete coffee table by Justin Burd. Natural wood inlays in perpendicular patter cross at one end. Concrete trivet sits on top of a round concrete table.

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.

Precast Concrete Countertops: Forms, Mixes, Tools and Finishes

Precast concrete countertop with a hole for a sink and faucet.Concrete countertop production falls into two general categories: cast-in-place and precast countertops. Here we will explore various techniques used in precasting concrete countertops.

Pouring a Concrete Countertop in Place at a College Bar

The owner, an old concrete contractor, wanted to replace the two bars with concrete. The goal was to add ambience and character to the bar with a material that could be hosed down along with the floors. The owner also wanted seamless tops, making this a good candidate for pouring in place.

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.

The Three Stages of Grinding and Polishing Concrete Countertops

Grinding a concrete countertopAchieving a fine polished look in concrete countertops requires using progressively finer grits of diamond pads.

Concrete Countertop Design Competition: Water flowing down the stairs
How to use Self-Consolidating Concrete for Concrete Countertops

How to measure self-consolidating concrete with a slump test and what it means. Self-consolidating concrete is great to use for concrete countertops.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.

A Concrete Master: Jimmy Hazel with Clastic Designs

precast concrete by Jimmy Hazel of Clastic Designs in RenoJimmy Hazel began his career working in the family stone business, but quickly tired of the monotony once he discovered decorative concrete’s variety.

The Cheng Concrete 2011 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge Winners

Fu-Tung Cheng announced the 2011 winners of Cheng Concrete’s annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge at the 2011 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training, in Nashville, Tenn.

enVisions Casting Mat from PreiTech Corp.
High-performance mix design: A wet-cast mix

When I entered the concrete countertop industry after 25 years in the architectural precast industry, I had a hard time understanding some of the practices in use. There seemed to be a lot of misinformation surrounding the how and why of mix designs when it came to concrete countertops. Some of the practices, such as leaving the countertop in the mold for days on end, made no sense to me. Failures were common.
 

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.

Marketing and Selling Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops are countertops. They just happen to be made out of concrete.

This should affect your marketing and selling techniques. If you understand how countertops are most commonly and most effectively marketed and sold, you will be much more successful at marketing and selling concrete countertops.

Fall 2009

Concrete Decor, Vol 2, No 2

A Guide to Unique Concrete Casting Surfaces

cast concrete water fountain

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