Changing Colors: The Face of the New Concrete Countertop

JM Lifestyles Concrete Countertop Design

JM Lifestyles Concrete Countertop Design

Are you thinking of remodeling your kitchen? One area many people wish to change about their kitchen is the countertops. Gone are the days of boring old Formica countertops. The homeowners of today have more materials, colors and styles of countertops to choose from than ever before. If you’ve never considered using a concrete countertop for your kitchen remodel, be prepared to change your mind!

Concrete, Really?

Yes, hearing the words “concrete countertop” probably conjures up all kinds of interesting thoughts in your head. Put these pictures right out of your mind! Many people think concrete is dull, cold, and industrial, but nowadays, things couldn’t be more different. Because just about any pigment can be added to concrete, the color choices you have are endless.

In addition to being available in a wide array of color choices, the countertops can be poured to be any shape, troweled to any texture and given any type of look you want. Because each countertop is handcrafted to your specifications and preferences, you’re not going to have a typical cookie-cutter look to your kitchen.

Each installer will have their own colors and it will be different from other contractors, because each has their own recipe for countertops. With all the different pigments, stains and aggregate colors available, countertops made of concrete are guaranteed to be unique and won’t look like any of the typical ones you might see in a hardware or home improvement warehouse store.

If plain old white, brown, gray or black countertops aren’t appealing to you, then maybe it’s time you opened your mind to what’s available in concrete. As we mentioned, when you choose to use concrete for your countertops, the color choices are endless. Whether you are seeking to add some flair and drama to your kitchen or you want a countertop to compliment your cabinetry, it can be done. Even if you want your countertops to be the focal point of your entire kitchen, it can be done using a wild pattern or a mixture of vibrant hues.

When you are interested remodeling your kitchen and want to change your countertops, a concrete countertop is the way to go! Before you commit to anything, remember to pick a color that you won’t tire of easily and try pairing the colors you like with other objects in the room for contrast.

Once you’ve decided to install a new countertop in your kitchen and decided to use concrete, you can contact a local New Jersey concrete countertop installer to come out to your home and show you all the options available.

SureCrete Concrete Countertop Products

Commercial Concrete Countertops Increase the Aesthetics

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Business owners are always looking for ways that they can set themselves apart from their competition. They want to do better, and they want to look better. This is where design can really help companies make a difference so they stand out from the crowd. Using creative design elements such as concrete countertops in commercial businesses can offer a wealth of different advantages that Designers and Architects can explain to their clients.

What Are the Best Reasons to Use Concrete Countertops?

Designers can talk with business owners about all of the great benefits that come from using concrete for their countertops. For starters, it is highly durable, and that means it will last a long time with proper care. Companies will not have to worry about replacing their counters every couple of years.

Additionally, the number of choices is nearly limitless with concrete. It’s possible to cast it in many different shapes and a wide assortment of colors that will work perfectly for any type of company.

Another one of the great benefits of concrete is the cost. It’s a far more cost effective solution for a countertop than using natural stone, but it can look just as great. This means businesses can get the type of look they want without spending a fortune and that is sweet music to any business owner’s ears.

Some commercial companies out there may even want to work with precast concrete and take the DIY approach. This makes it easy to work with concrete since the mix is ready to go and pre-blended. Of course, working with professionals for installation can make things even faster and easier, and could be the route that many commercial businesses out there want to go.

What Types of Businesses Could Benefit from Using Concrete?

Many different types of business can benefit from using a concrete countertop, and when designers are marketing, they should really think outside the box. Concrete countertops would look great in coffees shops, bakeries, cafés, bars, juice bars, and more. However, think about how they would look in a doctor’s office or a dentist’s office instead of the usual bland countertop at the front desk area.

It’s true that these counters can work well for many different types of commercial businesses and offices because of the limitless potential of the look, design and longevity possible.

Z Counterform Concrete Edge Forms

Concrete Countertop Edge Forms Provide Designer Looks

Are you the “DIY” type? If so, have you ever considered making your own concrete countertops? If not, does it seem like a totally unrealistic project? After all, you have to use the right sort of concrete, somehow manage to pour it into a countertop shape, and then finish it in a way that makes it look like more than a slab of concrete. Continue reading

Encounter concrete countertop mix.

Concrete Countertops a Continuing Trend

You hear the phrase “decorative concrete” and you might think of figures and fountains of elaborate design, but the modern definition for the term tends to apply to more subtle forms and applications. For example, decorative concrete is found in many homes as flooring and as countertops. A lot of homeowners also use concrete stain in places like concrete countertops, and patios to give their homes a more decorative look.

Is it complicated to do? Actually, it is such a hot trend that websites like the popular TV shows have done extensive coverage on the “how-to’s” of decorative concrete and concrete stain projects.

Taking a look at them can be a bit overwhelming because it seems like there is a lot of work involved. Essentially, you need to read through any DIY instructions to realize that success boils down to two fundamental steps:

  1. Preparing the site properly
  2. Following the manufacturer’s instructions

Yes, that is really all there is to it. Naturally, just like any type of products, there are good and then there are better products. The outcome of a decorative concrete treatment does also depend on the quality of the materials used.

For example, if you want consistent concrete colors, it means using a product that dispenses the powders or compounds in precise measurements. This is the only way to get the same hues from batch to batch. The enCounter name is one concrete countertop product that is known for its consistency and top quality results. Those who are considering some decorative treatments for the concrete in their homes or properties will want to explore their options.

As a prime example, if you were using decorative colors and an acid stain on a concrete countertop, you would have to work in one or two batches. If the products did not dispense in precise amounts, and guess work or room for errors existed, you might end up with a job that looks very amateur.

Fortunately, you don’t have to risk that when you choose a trusted brand. Of course, in the end, if you are not using the materials properly you won’t get the best outcome either. This might be the time to look for some training materials prior to the project.

While websites with step-by-step instructions are ideal for learning how to prepare the sites you will treat with acid stains or concrete colors, nothing compares to proper manufacturer’s training materials. Make that your first step and you’ll enjoy DIY concrete success.

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Acid Stained Countertops a Winning Combination

You’ve heard the phrase, “The difference between night and day,” and it is a pretty clear description of two contrasting things, and generally used to describe the impact created by changes. It can apply to people, places, and things, and the phrase is remarkably accurate when it is used to describe the differences between plain concrete and concrete with an acid stain. Continue reading

DIY Concrete Countertop

Can a Concrete Countertop be a Do-It-Yourself Project?

You’ve seen them on home improvement shows, and maybe you’ve even seen them in your neighbor’s house, and you’ve probably asked yourself the question, “Why can’t I have a concrete countertop in my home?” And, if you’re the do-it-yourself kind of homeowner, you’ve likely followed up that question by asking, “Can I install a concrete countertop in my home by myself?” Continue reading

White Concrete Countertop Finishes.

Concrete Countertop Finishes

 

Concrete continues to be an extremely popular material for constructing countertops, and why shouldn’t it? After all, concrete is durable, practical, and affordable as well as being highly versatile. Concrete artisans can create beautiful effects by sanding, polishing, grinding or stamping the surface, and they can even embed objects in the concrete for increased visual appeal. There’s no need for plain countertops when there are so many possibilities in concrete countertop finishes.

Monochromatic Finish

This is simply an “unground” finish. Once the countertop has been released from the mold, no grinding is needed. However, if decorative aggregates have been included, grinding can be done to expose them on the surface of the concrete.

Polished Finish

To achieve a polished finish, countertop makers use diamond polishing pads. A 5-grit pad is used to expose aggregate, whereas an 800 to 1500 grit pad would be needed to create a high-gloss polish.

Veined or Pressed Finish

This is a technique that is best employed by skilled fabricators, and involves hand-packing a stiff mix of wet concrete into the mold, and then avoiding vibrating the mixture and slurry. This creates a void that can result in a pressed or veined appearance.

Protecting the Surface

Whatever finish you choose, make sure to protect it using the proper sealant. It’s essential in order to ensure that the concrete will repel spills and stains before they have the chance to penetrate into the countertop. Of course, even with proper sealing and waxing, concrete countertops will begin to develop a patina as they age. This frequently adds depth and character to the countertop, so it shouldn’t be considered a bad thing.

New Products at Concrete Countertop Solutions

Product Manufacturer, Concrete Countertop Solutions, has just begun offering Z Terra-Tint, which is their own line of dry internal pigments. It’s their first integral coloring system, and it comes in 3 lb. buckets with a 2 oz. scooper that makes it easy to keep each mix consistent.

They are also offering a brand new white countertop mix.
Z Counterform Countertop Mix pre-blended, all-in-one high-strength white concrete.  ”We think it’s one of the nicest mixes we’ve ever worked with. It’s perfect for cast-in-place, and it mixes, pours, flows and fills better than anything else ever tried.” says Ed Baldoni of Concrete Countertop Solutions.  ”We’re very proud of these additions to our product line, and we’ve already had wonderfully positive responses to them.”

You can visit the Z-Counterform website to learn more and find out how to incorporate these products into your next project.