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Concrete Counters
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.

Durability
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.

Price
Concrete will vary in price depending on the thickness and detail work. They can range anywhere from $60 - $150 per square foot.

Maintenance
Maintenance varies depending on the specific application. Some fabricators will recommend routine maintenance to include reapplying a sealer to the surface every month.

Green
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.

Manufacturers
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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