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An Overview of PVA Fibers and Concrete

When PVA fibers are added to concrete or mortar, the fibers develop a molecular and chemical bond with the cement during hydration and curing.High-performance fibers made of PVA, which is short for polyvinyl alcohol, were developed some 20 years ago. When added to concrete or mortar, the fibers develop a molecular and chemical bond with the cement during hydration and curing. The result: concrete with high tensile strength and amazing ductility.

Fire pit plans and materials from CCI

The Concrete Countertop Institute is offering fire pit designs in Crater and Ridge models. The plans for each design include detailed cut sheets and assembly instructions at a level of detail that stretches to 30 pages. The plans are meant to be used with glass-fiber reinforced concrete, but they could be adapted for other casting techniques.

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.

The Concrete Countertop Mix You Have Been Waiting For

This black concrete countertop using Quikrete countertop mix is a very elegant way to bring clean lines to a kitchenWith concrete countertops becoming more popular by the day, mastering the art has become a priority for many contractors. But finding the perfect mix of concrete and additives to mold into the tight corners and custom shapes of many countertop projects is a complicated, not to mention expensive, process.

Counter Culture - Fall 2009

Counter Culture - Fall 2009

Understanding Water in Regards to Concrete Countertops

Water droplets on a black and gray background.There are some important, key factors that can help you be more successful with your concrete countertops. Here I will discuss a fundamental ingredient: water. We’ve all worked with concrete and water, but working with a material isn’t the same as knowing how it works.

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.

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.

How to Create a Shower Bench out of Concrete

Originally designed for a shower bench installation, this striking river-themed countertop application features a dazzling blue-colored mix with glass aggregate and gorgeous river stone detailing.Originally designed for a shower bench installation, this striking river-themed countertop application features a dazzling blue-colored mix with glass aggregate and gorgeous river stone detailing.

Casting Thin Concrete Furniture with GFRC

Casting Thin Concrete Furniture with GFRCThe acceptance of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) has inspired a current trend toward light, thin and delicate concrete furniture.

To illustrate what GFRC can do in furniture form, Jeffrey Girard of The Concrete Countertop Institute describes three projects — a table, a lounge chair and an S chair — that show off the strengths of the material.

Factors that Affect the Strength of GFRC Pieces

Scrim is being used to strengthen the dropped edges of a 14-foot-long concrete reception desk.The popularity of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) has grown in the past few years as more and more people discover its versatility, strength and relative ease of manufacture. GFRC makes it possible to create stronger and lighter elements and complex 3-D pieces easily.

Defending Against Stains and Scratches with Concrete Countertop Sealers

Delta Performance Products tested its ICT Reactive Sealing System with oil, mustard and wine.Think about what happens to a kitchen counter every day. People splash acids on it. They spill things that stain it. They chop and slice on it. They set hot pots and dishes down on it. And they clean and clean and clean it with water and chemicals and green scrub-pads

Fiber Optics in Concrete Countertops

Embedded green fiber optics in concrete countertop.Decorative concrete contractors are adding an exciting new technique to their repertoire that always elicits a “wow” reaction from clients: embedding fiber optics in concrete countertops.

Specialty Fibers Weave their Way into More Decorative Projects

Standing on a concrete slab that is suspended between beams.Aldo Buffone thinks of his avocation to be more artist than contractor. Either way, Buffone’s efforts are one of an innovator. 1025 Studio, the Philadelphia-based artisan’s company, has garnered a local reputation for its creative upgrades of the city’s historic downtown loft structures.

Troubleshooting Concrete Countertops: Tips from the Experts

concrete countertop with cracksIf 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.

Concrete Artisan Turns Lifelong Passion into Successful Business

Concrete pool deck with lighted swimming pool.Have you ever asked potential customers to dress like pirates to make a sale? Outdoor-concrete expert Scott Cohen did — and it worked.

Concrete Table Tops Talk at Pasadena Showcase

The 16-by-5-foot table -- commissioned by Terry Morrill of Pacific Outdoor Living, a landscape design-build company in Sun Valley -- serves as the centerpiece of a space that garnered national honors.A real conversation starter, the concrete table designed and cast by Dominic Boinich of 5 Feet from the Moon kept the table talk flowing freely at the unveiling of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design in California.

Why Strength Matters in Concrete Countertops

Wet-cast concrete - How strong do concrete countertops have to be? I hear that question from fabricators all the time. The answer is not a simple one. It depends upon how you define strength, what your intended use is and your sealer choice.How strong do concrete countertops have to be? The answer is not a simple one. It depends upon how you define strength, what your intended use is and your sealer choice.

Ten Tips for Concrete Countertop Manufacturers

A man moves a countertop by machines so he doesn't have to lift heavy things with his own strength.Mark Celebuski, general manager of Pinnacle Cast Concrete, wants to share some of his hard-earned wisdom with the readers of Concrete Decor. He has developed a list of 10 tips he thinks will help concrete countertop makers in particular improve their businesses.

Developing Technology: Installing Heated Concrete Countertops

In the past five years, heated concrete countertops have become more popular and remodelers, contractors and renovators are faced with the task of how best to install them.In the past five years, heated concrete countertops have become more popular and remodelers, contractors and renovators are faced with the task of how best to install them.

Concrete Countertop Design Incorporates Water Flowing Down Stairs

Round end to a sleek concrete countertop that has book stacked on it.The Saale Residence is a new construction home located in a country setting of Winfield, Missouri. All the rooms of the home reflect a consideration for the environment and use of green principles in the design and selection of products.

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.

Staying Ahead of the Curve with Concrete Countertops

Curved concrete countertop with glass additive to create custom look.When Shawn Halverson, president of Surfacing Solutions Inc., agreed to create a few conference tables for First Team Real Estate in Newport Beach, Calif., he had no idea what the final product would look like — or what challenges he would endure along the way.

Concrete Business Specializes In Innovative Metallic Epoxies

red and grey checkered floor at auto shopFor a man who was an Eastern Airline employee for years and owned his own pest control company after that, he found working with his hands, LEDs and chemicals familiar territory. So when the economy began to tank, it wasn’t that far of a stretch when Clem Carrion founded Visual Artisan in December 2007, a concrete business that specializes in concrete countertops, innovative lighting and metallic epoxies, as well as faux wood and stone.

Countertop Pioneers Pushing the Boundaries of Kitchen Design

Concrete countertop in a kitchen with bananas on top.Concrete is starting to move toward commercial. We’ve been seeing a huge jump in commercial applications, as far as bars, nightclubs and restaurants being able to appreciate the product. And Reaching Quiet is capitalizing on this trend.

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