Frequently Asked ?'s

By far, the most common question that we receive is "Do you pour driveways or patios?". The answer is "No, we leave that to professional concrete contractors. Instead, we beautify existing concrete." Below are some commonly asked questions about acid-stained concrete floors and concrete countertops.

ACID-STAINED CONCRETE FLOORS

Are acid-stains dangerous?
Finished acid-stained floors are perfectly safe. The acid in the stains is used to open the pores of the concrete to help it accept the color more readily. Once this reaction happens, we neutralize the acid, rendering it harmless. Then we clean the floor thoroughly and seal it. Neither you nor your possessions ever come in contact with the stain.

What do acid-stained concrete floors look like?
This is really a tough question to answer forthright because no two acid-stained floors look the same. Since the stains are transparent, all aspects of a concrete slab’s appearance (such as color variations, cracks, imperfections, trowel marks, etc.) show through. These characteristics of a concrete floor give it its personality when stained, making it unique and beautiful. Often, the finished floors tend to resemble marble, slate or other natural stone surfaces.

Adding to the beauty achieved through staining, we engrave or score designs into the floor. Our most common designs are tile patterns and borders. But we are not limited to those. We can put designs of all layers of complexity into your floor, from simple shapes and patterns to intricate artwork.

What kind of floors do you stain?
We stain any existing concrete flooring, interior or exterior, new or old. Our process is a great dressing for interior concrete floors, garages, patios, driveways, pool decks, or walkways.

What colors are available?
Acid-stains are manufactured by a variety of companies. Each company has a different color chart, but a good representation of the colors available can be found here.

How much does it cost?
We quote each floor on a per job basis. However, our prices are generally in the $3 - $5 per square foot range depending on the intricacy of the design and the amount of cleaning of the concrete required before staining.

CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS

What do concrete countertops look like?
Concrete countertops are warm and natural looking and tend to go well with natural materials like wood, stone, and brick. Concrete countertops will exhibit subtle variations in color and texture, which most people feel contributes to its beauty. Each slab is hand cast so no two will be identical. Coloring pigments, various aggregates, grinding and polishing techniques, and sealers can give concrete the look, texture, and feel of quarried stone such as marble, granite, and limestone.


How do concrete countertops differ from other countertop surfaces?
Concrete countertops are the most unique, personal countertop option because they are made from scratch for each client. Often people think that granite is too shiny, too formal, too common. Synthetic solid surface materials look and feel like plastic. Concrete countertops, on the other hand,
look natural and have character. This high-quality and hand-crafted solid surface option offers a color or visual texture that’s not available with other countertop materials.

What colors are available for concrete countertops?
We can construct countertops in just about any color. We do not buy pre-mixed colored concrete. We mix each batch of concrete ourselves, adding just the right amount of color to achieve the desired hue. This allows us to create virtually any color to complement your décor.

Do concrete countertops crack?
Not always, but concrete countertops can develop hairline cracks. These cracks are non-structural and result from the natural shrinkage of the concrete.

We reinforce our countertops with a high-tech carbon fiber grid developed specifically for concrete countertops. We reinforce all overhangs and any sink or cooktop cutouts with steel rebar. These reinforcements ensure that no structural damage will occur to the countertops. Further we use fiber and special additives in our concrete mix to ensure that any hairline crack that develops will remain only a hairline crack.


How much do concrete countertops weigh?
A 1.5" thick standard concrete countertop has an approximate weight of 18 pounds per square foot. (same as granite). One commonly requested upgrade is a 2” slab which weighs approximately 25 pounds per square foot. Standard cabinetry will easily support these concrete slabs as the weight of the countertops is distributed over a large area.

Do you pour the concrete in my house?
We build our countertops in our shop, where we can control the conditions, and keep the countertops in our possession while it is curing and until it is adequately sealed.


How much do concrete countertops costs?
Concrete countertops are a custom crafted material for high end and are often specified by designers or architects.

We quote each countertop on a per job basis. Our prices are generally in the $50 per square foot range. This price is considerably less than what most concrete countertop manufacturers charge. Contact us for a free quote.

Will concrete countertops stain?
We seal all of our countertops to ensure water and stain resistance. But this does not mean that they are totally stain proof. Acidic substances such as lemon juice, vinegar, or red wine should not be left on the countertop for more than several hours if spilled to avoid staining. Cutting directly on the countertops or placing extremely hot pots on the countertops may compromise the sealer allowing liquids to seep in and stain the concrete.

Can you cut on concrete countertops?
No, you should not. Cutting on the concrete countertop won’t hurt the concrete, but will damage the sealer, which can affect the sealers ability to keep out water and stains. Cutting boards should always be used when chopping or preparing foods.

Can you put Hot pans on concrete countertops?
Placing hot pans on the concrete countertops should be avoided. Concrete is very heat resistant, but the concern (like with cutting on concrete countertops) is damaging and or discoloring the sealer. We can build in trivets of stainless steel, brass, or copper. This common upgrade is both functional and great looking. Otherwise, you should use hot plates or a hot pad.

How should I clean concrete countertops?
We suggest using some mild non-abrasive, non-ammoniated soap and warm water for daily cleaning. Avoid abrasive soaps, cleansers and abrasive pads.