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How Two Fabricators Avoid Alkali-Silica Reaction in their Concrete Countertops

Cohen, who specializes in creating resort-style outdoor rooms, says he's been successfully using recycled glass, including slumped wine bottles, in his countertops for the past 15 years.Neither Scott Cohen, who owns The Green Scene in Northridge, Calif., nor Allen Miller, CEO and president of Concrete Revolution in Denver, Colo., have ever had a problem with alkali-silica reaction in their glass and concrete countertops.

Former Intel Employee Traded Semiconductors for Concrete Stains and an Airbrush

This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils -- and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils — and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.

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.

How One Artisan Created Perfect Harmony with a Concrete Table

The concrete table depicts harmony between earth, fire and waterThe Chomisteks call this piece the “Harmony Table.” The concrete table depicts harmony between earth, fire and water. At the same time, it maintains the harmony within their clients’ household.

How Polymer Additives Became a Part of GFRC

glass fiber up closeGlass-fiber reinforced concrete became a commercially viable material in the early 1970s. But it would take another decade or two before it became an economically attractive and faster alternative to the heavy and expensive materials traditionally used in commercial buildings.

Photoluminescent Aggregate that Sparkles and Shines

Glow in the dark concrete aggregate in bathroom concrete countertop.The oldest methods of adding glitter to concrete are shiny aggregates - mica, glass, bits of mirror and so forth. More recent additives include silica carbide, spar, and "pixie dust" made of small glass beads.

An Alternate Countertop Forming Method Now Available

Concrete Countertop Solutions has developed an alternative countertop form that will help create cast-in-place countertops with a variety of edge styles.Concrete Countertop Solutions has developed an alternative countertop form that will help create cast-in-place countertops with a variety of edge styles. Z-Counterform reduces labor time and doesn't require any double-sided tape or drilling into kitchen cabinets.

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.

Decorative Concrete and Shoes Make a Fine Pair

High end shoes sit on top of a custom concrete countertop.In the women’s shoe department in London, decorative concrete and fashion make a fine pair. Eight concrete display tables in one of the six rooms of The Shoe Galleries show off the latest shoes from brands like Carvela, Nine West and French Connection.

U-Shaped Concrete Bar Top at Regeneration Park

A rounded concrete countertop at a bar.The uber-green project, called Regeneration Park, features a wide array of ecofriendly building techniques, from the new solar thermal system that satisfies almost all its heating, cooling and hot-water needs to the old gray concrete floor ground down and polished to a 1,500 grit.

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.

Serendipitous Events Lead Contractor to Concrete Counterop Business

Bathroom sink made of concreteTwo months before graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, Eric Boyd and two other students opened their own design-build firm. One of the first jobs they landed was a kitchen remodel where the client asked for concrete countertops, somewhat of a novelty back then.

How to Bend GFRC (Glass-Fiber Reinforced Concrete)

Warping GFRC Most people don't think of concrete as being bendable but it is, even in its hardened state. That said, bending and warping concrete is more manageable while it is still in its plastic state.Most people don’t think of concrete as being bendable but it is, even in its hardened state. That said, bending and warping concrete is more manageable while it is still in its plastic state.

How Matt Hine of Progressive Concrete Coatings Fell Into Concrete

Concrete table top with leaf imprintMany concrete professionals who are asked how they got into the business of concrete say they sort of “fell into it.”

Decorative Concrete Impresses Franchisees

Great Harvet Bread Co. boasts new concrete countertops.Park City, Utah, is a nationally celebrated ski town, home to the annual Sundance Film Festival, and one of those small Western resort communities where only the best will do. So naturally, the town’s new Great Harvest Bread Co. is going to boast the finest fixtures available to a franchise.

Cast-in-Place Concrete Countertops: Forms, Mixes, Tools and Finishes

A sleek concrete countertop in a modern kitchen,As demand for concrete countertops grows, concrete contractors and artists have been honing their techniques to produce concrete countertops. Countertops fall into two general categories: cast-in-place and precast and projects can call for either application.

A Mountaintop Concrete Countertop

Concrete countertop with the emblem of emergency response.We asked Lynda Apple of InConcrete Custom Countertops and Design Elements if the precast tabletop her Flagstaff, Ariz., outfit produced for a ski patrol shack was the highest decorative concrete installation in America. Boy, did we get a response.

Creating a Self-Consolidating Concrete Countertop Mix

Concrete countertops in this kitchen.Self-consolidating concrete is a highly technical mix. It is not an easy mix to create, since it requires an understanding of how all the ingredients work together. What’s more, specialized testing is required to characterize and optimize the mix.

High-performance Mix Design for Concrete Countertops

Gray concrete countertop with a hand-crafted finish.There seems to be a lot of misinformation surrounding the how and why of mix designs when it comes 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.

Generations of Concrete Expertise Leads to Success for this Artisan

Think one-of-a-kind bath tubs, vanities, water features, fireplace surrounds, architectural details, outdoor kitchens, even aquariumsWith a history in decorative concrete stretching back to the 1930s, J&M Lifestyles brings generations of experience and expertise to all of its projects.

How to Fix Bug Holes in Concrete Countertops in One Step

Nothing is more frustrating than bug holes in concrete countertops.There are few things more frustrating about making concrete countertops than dealing with bug holes. They seem to always show up and are seemingly just about impossible to fill completely. You think you’ve got them all filled, only to have bug holes show up after final polishing.

2010 Concrete Countertop Design Competition Award Winners

Countertop award winner at a climbing gym in Colorado.Take a look at a few pictures from the winners of the 2010 Concrete Countertop Design Competition.

The 2011 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge Winners

Concrete countertop outdoors with a built in drink holderFu-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.

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.

Counter Culture - Fall 2009

Counter Culture - Fall 2009

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