Concrete Facts

WHAT IS CONCRETE?

Because of the versatility of concrete it can be customized to meet your requirements of color shape, texture and thickness. Concrete products such as kitchen and bathroom countertops are an increasingly popular trend. Limitless techniques make the possibilities of what can be done with concrete endless and only limited by one’s imagination. The ordinary can be transformed to the extraordinary with fabricated stone. Our products are all handcrafted by artisans using pioneering eco-friendly techniques.

 

WHERE CAN I USE CONCRETE?

  • Wall panels, custom tiles, pillars, columns, vanities, table tops, fire pits, countertops, surrounds, sills, corbels — anywhere you need a solid surface!

  • In residential applications, concrete countertops are great for kitchens, bathrooms, fireplace mantles, tables, desks, and anywhere else countertops are required.

  • In commercial applications, concrete countertops are frequently used in restaurant bartops, bathrooms, retail counters, reception desks and break rooms.
  • Concrete can also be used in vertical applications such as walls, backsplashes, shower surrounds and fireplace surrounds.
  • Integrated or vessel sinks can be made, as well as stove hoods.
  • Concrete products can be used both indoors and outdoors, and all products are sealed according to their application. Food-grade sealer is used for countertops and sinks.

SAFETY, CLEANABILITY & MAINTENANCE

  • Contrary to popular belief, concrete countertops do not need to be stain-prone and difficult to maintain. In the past few years concrete sealer technology has progressed by leaps and bounds, and sealer manufacturers are recognizing that concrete countertops have unique and stringent performance requirements with regards to staining, heat and scratching. Concrete is very similar to granite in that it is also porous and has to be sealed and maintained.
  • Many factors are involved that affect how cleanable (and therefore sanitary) a countertop surface is, and these factors apply to all surfaces. The smoothness, lack of surface voids or pits and the porosity all have a profound influence on how easy or difficult it is to clean a surface. Surfaces that are rough or that have pinholes can trap dirt, grease or food residue, which are essentially food banks for bacteria. Porous surfaces, like wood, tile grout, unsealed stone or unsealed concrete absorb contaminants into the surface and also absorb moisture. Bacteria needs moisture to survive, and surfaces that act as moisture reservoirs allow bacterial growth.
  • Properly finished and sealed concrete can be virtually impervious to fluids, especially water. Our high quality concrete countertops will not have pinholes in the surface that can trap food and dirt. The use of hardeners or densifiers can reduce the porosity of concrete to the point where water doesn’t penetrate. And impervious coatings that are properly applied can provide waterproof barriers that seal the concrete and prevent contaminants from actually getting to the concrete.
  •  To clean your concrete, we recommend using warm water and soap or a non-abrasive cleaner. Remember, any countertop that isn’t kept clean will harbor bacteria. Just like frequently washing your hands, simple preventative steps can eliminate many serious problems down the road.

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