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Experts Reveal a Wide Range of Countertop Sealer Practices

Fabricators' approaches to sealing countertops are as varied as their creative countertop designs.Fabricators' approaches to sealing countertops are as varied as their creative countertop designs. Here are some observations from manufacturers and artisans about how they protect the work.

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.

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.

A Look at Chris Becker of Becker Architectural Concrete

Concrete contractors screeding a cast concrete table that is shaped like a surfboard.Along with his focus on quality work, Chris Becker makes education a priority — for homeowners, builders, architects and landscape designers.

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.

Old World-Style Concrete Countertops That Look Like Italian Granite

Concrete Countertop Using products purchased through StoneCrete's Ashby System, Excalibur delivered 52 square feet and 1,660 pounds of beautiful 2-inch-thick countertops in three sections that look as if they were hewn from a cliff.In 2015, homeowners who had traveled throughout Italy contacted Darryl Bates of Excalibur Surfaces in Simi Valley, California, about wanting Old World-style concrete countertops that looked like the Italian granite they had admired on their trip.

Pouring a Concrete Countertop in Place at a College Bar

hand made concrete tool for a concrete countertop drink railThe 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.

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.

The Wondrous World of Concrete Wall Panels

Imagine homeowners having the choice of covering their walls with paint, wallpaper, tile - or concrete panels 1/4 inch thin.Imagine homeowners having the choice of covering their walls with paint, wallpaper, tile - or concrete panels 1/4 inch thin. Or new homes built with precast modular exterior walls up to 20 feet high that can be manufactured off-site and snapped in place in a few hours.

Cast, Broken-Edge Table Adds Casual-Cool Vibe to Beach House

Broken-edge coffee table shows cool vibe.Scott Cohen’s company, The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools, is a premier outdoor living construction firm in the Los Angeles area, specializing in resort-style swimming pools and spas, fireplaces, fire pits and outdoor kitchens.

Tip-Top Concrete Tables and Counters

Concrete table with an artistic crack down the center. concrete countertopConcrete Decor salutes artisans nationwide for their ingenuity and creativity in designing tables and countertops. Here are 10 of our discoveries.

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.

Wood, Water and Concrete in a Modern Bathroom

Concrete shower with a wood drain board to stand on to dry off.Mike Moncrieff and his Bellingham, Wash., company, New Edge Design, submitted these photos of a concrete shower to our most recent Concrete Countertop Design Competition. We reluctantly decided shower installs couldn't compete in a countertop contest. In all other respects, this is top-notch work.

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.

Make an outdoor fish prepping concrete countertop

Integrally colored concrete fish prepping table featuring an Oregon caught ling cod. This concrete fish prepping table top was made by Michael Dahl, who precast it in a foam mold and used small mixes of different integral colors to create the mottled effect. The top of the sink is ground to expose the aggregate within the concrete.

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.

Wood Look Concrete Countertops in the Kitchen

Concrete countertops that take the wood look straight from the forest.Jeff Kudrick, product manager at J&M Lifestyles LLC, is always looking for innovative illusions to create in concrete. His latest endeavor was coming up with more traditional designs for vanities and countertops, as those make up the bulk of J&M’s sales. One solution? Concrete that looks nearly identical to wood.

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.

How a Sealer Gets New Life in the Decorative Concrete Industry

A concrete sealer has been discovered by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.Southwestern Paint and Supply’s Hydro Guard, a sealer designed 22 years ago for secondary containment of chemicals and for sealing exterior stucco, has been discovered in recent years by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.

Collaborating on Great Countertop Design

Countertop design with a built in sink and figs sitting on the drainboard.Great concrete countertop design exists first in the designer’s creative mind. It comes to life through the work of many contractors, fabricators and artisans. The process can be synergistic, with all concerned adding their own expertises, making the final result better than the original thought that existed in the designer’s mind.

Maximizing the Benefits of White Portland Cement

Three piles of Portland White Cement on a blue background.Portland Cement Association, white portland cement has essentially the same properties as gray cement, except for when it comes to color.

Precast Concrete with Curiosity, Artistry and Innovation

Green precast concrete fireplace mantle in a beautiful living room with light woodwork.Curiosity: Stay eternally curious about better methods, collaborative opportunities and advances in sustainability.
Artistry: Remember that concrete is an artisan’s canvas.
Innovation: Employ state-of-the-art techniques to achieve a very dense and reliable concrete product.

Concrete Range Hood Takes on Kitchen Style

A kitchen range hood that mimics granite.Concrete hoods are an easy sell for customers who are already buying countertops, but this hood - Concrete Jungle’s first - was purchased by a homeowner with a kitchen in mid-renovation who had already committed to granite countertops.

Creating a Self-Consolidating Concrete Countertop Mix

Gray 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.

Give Your Home a Concrete Countertop Face Lift

Concrete countretop with reds and oranges and a ribbon of aggregate.With the economy in doldrums, it is commonly accepted that homeowners are looking to stay in their homes longer rather than sell. Therefore, the renovations they are undertaking are seen as representing their tastes rather than what they hope a buyer may like.

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