Q. What are
my color choices with Concrete Countertops?
A. Like anything cement based, your options are endless. Cement comes in
either a white or grey base and can have color added into the mix as
well as to the surface of the hardened concrete. From white to black and
every configuration in-between.
Q. How durable are concrete countertops?
A. Once cured, concrete is extremely durable, but like any other
material the edges and corners are the most susceptible to damage or
chipping standard precautions should be taken when working with pots,
pans or other items.
Q. Can I cut food on the countertop surface?
A. It is usually recommended that a cutting board or protective surface
be used, if not for the countertop at least to protect your cutting
Some countertops are sealed and a cut could damage the finish as well.
Q. How much do
concrete countertops cost?
Countertops start at around fifty dollars per square foot for basic
slabs and standard colors. Because each piece is made to custom
specifications and each job is unique, there is no standard pricing.
Quoted prices will reflect the effort and resources necessary to execute
each individual design.
Q. What affects the price of a concrete countertop?
A. Size, Scope and Complexity of the countertop are the major factors
that determine the price. Specialty edges, custom insets, embedded
items, surface finish and other decorative elements that will require a
more talented and skilled installation. Shipment, delivery and
installation also play a role in the price.
Q. What are the advantages of Concrete over other materials like
laminate, granite, marble or Corian?
A. Concrete offers a unique hand crafted, custom finish that is not
possible with other materials. The colors, textures, and finish are
unique and each piece is an original. Concrete is also very durable,
heat resistant, timeless, and environmentally friendly.
Q. Are concrete countertop materials the same for interior and
A. Basically they can be. The only thing to consider with exterior
countertops is that they are subject to the elements. Rain, hail, snow,
freezing and sunlight. These factors should be put into consideration
when planning and building an exterior grade concrete countertop. Make
sure the finish will hold up and the concrete uses colorfast agents to
maintain its look.
Q. Do concrete countertops crack?
A. If designed and installed correctly no. Concrete inherently may show
surface lesions, but these are not considered cracks. These are expected
and desired in concrete as veining is in marble.
Q. How heavy are they?
A 1 1/2"
thick concrete countertop weighs about 18 pounds per square foot. A 2"
thick top weighs about 24 pounds per square foot. For comparison
purposes, 3 cm granite weighs about 16 - 17 pounds per square foot.
Q. What kind of sinks can be used with concrete countertops?
under-mount and drop-in sinks can be used. In addition, sinks
can be made an integral part of the countertop.
Q. How long do they take to make?
production process takes about 2 weeks from the time templates are made
to the time the counters are ready for installation. This timeframe
makes the assumption that any special pigments, aggregates or embedded
details are selected and on hand at the time of templating. All sinks
and faucets must also be available prior to starting production.
Q. Who would choose a concrete countertop?
A. To determine if concrete is right for you, think about whether you:
something that is personalized and unique to you
something that looks natural and has character
granite is too common
Appreciate high-quality, hand crafted items
synthetic solid surface materials look and feel like plastic
color or visual texture thatís not available with other countertop