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Which Concrete Countertop Casting Method is Best for the Job?

Casting concrete countertopsConcrete is a fantastic material with which to work and design. It is one of the few building materials we can create and control to suit our wants and needs. Mix design, reinforcing technique and casting method are interrelated and influence everything from performance, cost and ease of fabrication to aesthetics and transportability.

Concrete Making its Way to More Places Than Just the Garage

A look at a big basin of a sink built into concrete countertops.No one's more passionate about their art than the hard-working members of your typical undiscovered garage band. They can put in a full day at work before jamming all night whether or not there's a remote possibility of a paycheck.

TechFab/C-Grid Contest Inspires Concrete Craftsmen

A multilayered bathroom vanity concrete countertop wins C-Grid / TechFab award for its one of a kind look.Check out the beautiful countertops made using Tech Fab’s C-Grid reinforcement.

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.

NeoMix D-FRC from Cheng Concrete

NeoMix D-FRC empowers the artisan or contractor to expand their opportunities for businessBorn 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.

Predicting the Performance of a Concrete Countertop Sealer

Which concrete countertop sealer is the best for a kitchen.Concrete has many faces, and there are many preconceived and misconceived ideas about it. You should not navigate what people think concrete is — instead, explain to them what it actually is. This includes your concrete, its finish and all of its attributes.

How to Fabricate Molds for Concrete

Using a sprayer to prep the inside of a GFRC countertop.Forms serve many functions beyond simply containing the concrete. The formwork defines the precision and, to some extent, the quality of the casting. Well-made forms create straight lines, fair curves and right angles and lead to easy, effortless installation.

The Top 7 Mistakes that Can Make or Break Your Concrete Countertop Business

concrete countertop at catch kitchen and barAvoiding certain pitfalls can mean the difference between a struggling hobby and a thriving business. When it comes to countertops, here are a few of the most common mistakes we at the Concrete Countertop Institute think are the biggest stumbling blocks for aspiring concrete countertop contractors.

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.

New Planetary Grinders Offer More Choices to Countertop Fabricators

One of the biggest innovations in the concrete countertop grinding and polishing industry has been planetary technologyOne of the biggest innovations in the concrete countertop grinding and polishing industry has been planetary technology - machines that have multiple grinding heads, allowing fabricators to cover a large radius of material at a time and achieve an extra-flat result.

Two Concrete Artisans Take Four Awards at 2013 ARDAs

Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.

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.

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.

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.

Get That Edge! How Edge Forms Can Transform a Concrete Countertop

Concrete Countertop edge form help create this one of a kind sloping square bathroom concrete sink.Many concrete countertops are plain slabs with square corners. This solid farmhouse look is simple to achieve by pouring a concrete countertop mix into a simple form. Wood forms lend themselves to shaping square corners, but it is difficult to use wood to achieve rounded corners and curved edges.

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.

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.

Decorative Concrete Tips: Marbleizing Cast-in-Place Concrete Countertops

How to make concrete look like marble, beautiful marble look concrete countertopThe trick is to let the material set with an open (mag trowelled) surface for about one hour for a standard one and one half inch thick top (Temp. dependent), this allows the Polymer to tighten up and lose some of its stickiness.

Cheng Design's NeoMix for Concrete Countertops

Cheng's NeoMix was used to make this display for an upscale shoe boutiqueThe NeoMix system, from Cheng Design, makes it easy to create beautiful countertops. The system includes admixtures, custom-developed pigments, water reducers, semi-precious aggregates, sealer, wax, and finishing pads and tools.

Photo courtesy of Cheng Desgin

Concrete Countertops Elevate Design Style

Glossy Red concrete Countertop in a bright kitchen. Stained concrete floors vibrant colors.What type of hard surface can give off a mixture of colors, patterns and sheens? Not marble or slate. Nope, it’s concrete, one of the trendiest materials used for decorative countertops.

2009 Concrete Countertop Design Competition Award Winners

An indoor/outdoor concrete countertop.Take a closer look a the winning designs of the 2009 Concrete Counterop Design Competiton.

A big thank you to our sponsors, Preitech, Concrete Countertop Institute, Cimarron and Alpha Professional Tools.

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

Six Steps to the Perfect Concrete Countertop Workshop

Clean workspaces make it easier to get the job done effectively and efficiently.Countertop artisans have many considerations to weigh while setting up their fabrication shops - location, size, work flow and equipment, to name a few. And they all have the same goals in mind: to create quality products and run a successful business. Experts from across the country have plenty of advice on how to achieve these goals.

7 Tips to Take Your Concrete Countertops to the Next Level

Decorative concrete countertops - Clay caulk from an extruder will bring your edges to the next level. With silicone caulk, the clock starts ticking as soon as the caulk hits the open air.Turn your little concrete countertop shop into a that big business by getting your projects out the door sooner.

Marketing and Selling Concrete Countertops

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

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