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From kitchen redesigns that look to replace dated tile or laminate to modern industrial retrofits, concrete countertops can be found in a variety of spaces. This trend is popping up in residential and commercial spaces all over and becoming a statement piece for many interior designs.
The most important step to a great countertop is understanding concrete countertop mix and how to use it correctly. This can help you expand your service offerings and give you an edge on the competition for the next project.
Tips to prepare for a successful concrete countertop project
Before installing concrete countertops, you’ll need to remove old countertops and build a mold for the concrete. It is important at this stage to be sure that the top of the cabinets are completely covered with plywood and that the base cabinets or forms can support the weight of the concrete countertops.
Measure the base cabinets and add an extra ¾-inch for overhang when building a mold. Using melamine-coated particle board, you can create a mold to conform your countertops to the desired shape. The plastic coating makes for an ideal casting surface. Join your base and side using wood screws and use a level to check your mold. Make any cutouts for a sink or cooktop needed and add sides to the mold. Depending on the weight of the sink of cooktop, additional reinforcement such as rebar may be needed.
Sakrete Concrete Countertop Mix or Sakrete 5000 Plus High Strength Concrete Mix can be used to create a pre-cast or cast-in-place concrete countertop. If you plan on doing a cast-in-place job, remove items for the cabinets to avoid damage.
How to apply concrete countertops
Sakrete Concrete Countertop Mix has a high-flow formula making it easier to pour, and forms can be stripped 24 hours after pouring. Exceeding 6,000 psi compression strength at 28 days, the mix produces a very durable surface. By blending your dry ingredients with the appropriate amount of water, you can create the consistency desired. It’s important not to overwater the countertop mix, or scaling and soft concrete could be the end result.
Next, pour the Sakrete Concrete Countertop Mix into the mold and wait 24 hours. (Note: If Sakrete Concrete Countertop Mix is not available in your area, you can accomplish a similar look using Sakrete 5000 Plus High Strength Concrete Mix.) Then, demold the countertop. This product can be finished and polished to create the right aesthetic for your design. Be sure to check with the polishing equipment manufacturer for recommended cure times for proper surface hardness before polishing.
How to color concrete countertops
By using Sakrete Cement Color, the color desired to match a client’s design and décor can be achieved. In addition to coloring, decorative touches such as confetti, glass or stones can be added to create varying looks and depth.
Sealing concrete countertops
Sealing is especially important for kitchen countertops. Acidic foods will etch the surface of concrete and the surface will stain easily if not sealed. Concrete countertops should be sealed using a sealant approved by the FDA and NSF for use in areas exposed to food to ensure toxic materials aren’t introduced. The countertop should be resealed periodically using the sealant manufacturer’s recommendations to create a durable surface.
How often you apply coating sealer depends on how much use the counter receives or the level of protection desired. Be sure to follow the sealant manufacturer’s recommendations for how often to reseal you countertop. You can also look for a lack of liquid repellency or worn spots to see if it’s time to apply another coat.
The benefits of concrete countertops
Concrete is extremely durable and will stand up to the wear and tear of an active family. It won’t scratch like some stone countertop materials, and unlike laminates it is very heat resistant, which is perfect for a busy kitchen. This is essential in kitchens and bathrooms where sharp objects and hot items are common.
Other uses for countertop mix
Not only can you use Sakrete Concrete Countertop Mix and Sakrete 5000 Plus High Strength Concrete Mix to cast countertops, but to expand your offerings with in-demand creative work. The industry is moving in a direction where 3D designs and textures are constantly being requested, and a local home improvement store has everything you need. Cast on a laminated wood panel to create a wood grain concrete panel, or use a textured ceiling tile to create a contemporary concrete tile.
All you need is Sakrete Concrete Countertop Mix or Sakrete 5000+ High Strength Concrete Mix, a frame and whatever you choose to cast onto. As design trends are leaning toward concrete, designers look for unconservative ways to incorporate this medium into their designs. Simple, everyday items can become inspiration for profit driving products for your business.