Concrete may be utilized as a countertop
material in one of several forms: cast-in-place, custom precast
( in which the fabricator creates the countertop offsite in
a production facility), and pre-manufactured slabs.
A variety of colour and pattern options are
available depending on the application. Decorate concrete
counters often use a mix of colours to achieve a certain look.
Concrete counters are quite heavy. A standard
1.5 thick concrete countertop has an approximate weight
of 18.75 pounds per square foot.
Concrete is a very durable material. Like
all other materials though it can have issues. Hairline cracks
often develop as a result of natural shrinkage or improper
installation. Depending on the finish, certian liquids can
stain the surface and it can be scratched if hit hard enough.
Concrete will vary in price depending on
the thickness and detail work. They can range anywhere from
$60 - $150 per square foot.
Maintenance varies depending on the specific
application. Some fabricators will recommend routine maintenance
to include reapplying a sealer to the surface every month.
Concrete itself is not a very green material.
The raw materials required to produce concrete are taken from
the earth through quarrying and are not renewable. It also
uses high amounts of energy throughout the entire production
process. There are some newer concrete products entering the
market that claim to be more environmentally friendly.
Like granite there are no specific concrete
countertop brands in the marketplace. It is fabricated and
isntalled by local companies. It can be readily found in Toronto,
Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Concrete countertops are sometimes difficult to find in smaller
Canadian cities as many lack a local fabricator.
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