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Experts Reveal a Wide Range of Countertop Sealer Practices

Fabricators' approaches to sealing countertops are as varied as their creative countertop designs.Fabricators' approaches to sealing countertops are as varied as their creative countertop designs. Here are some observations from manufacturers and artisans about how they protect the work.

Countertop Pioneers Pushing the Boundaries of Kitchen Design

Concrete countertop in a kitchen with bananas on top.Concrete is starting to move toward commercial. We’ve been seeing a huge jump in commercial applications, as far as bars, nightclubs and restaurants being able to appreciate the product. And Reaching Quiet is capitalizing on this trend.

Concrete Countertop Solutions Names Winners of Photo Contest

Concrete Countertop Solutions, headquartered in Scott Township, Pennsylvania, received more than 400 images in its recent photo contest that commended quality craftsmanship and creativity in projects that featured various Z-form components and products.

From the Ground Up: Building a Concrete Home

A compass placed on the concrete floor in this kitchen.In this house, concrete is everywhere, from the floors to the walls to the tabletops. And it doesn't stop there, the entire home was consructed using concrete and insulated concrete forms.

The Rising Popularity of Custom Concrete Pool Decks

Infinity pool that is surrounded by a concrete courtyard with landscape accents.When offered the chance to help customers relax with cool pool designs, these veteran design crews dove right in.

New Countertop Sealers Do More Than Just Protect

Different items lined up to test against the sealers strength.More demand means better ingredients — but are they really all that different from floor sealers?

The ideal concrete countertop sealer is a product that provides protection from stains, looks and feels like bare concrete and is safe to use.

Concrete Clad Bar Looks Like Upholstered Leather Sofa

upholstered bar sofa designAt first glance, you’d think you were looking at a distinguished upholstered bar done in a style that many attribute to a sofa designed for the fourth earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope (1694-1773), that featured the now iconic buttoned leather look.

The Importance of Polymer Content in Trustworthy GFRC Mix Designs

GFRC mix designsGlass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is a highly specialized form of concrete distinguished by a cement-rich mortar containing a very high load of alkali-resistant glass fibers. The fibers are the main ingredient responsible for producing high flexural (or bending) strengths in GFRC.

Cheng Concrete Design Award Winners

Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.

Stylish Concrete Artisan Takes Industry By Storm with Unique Personality

A concrete countertop that has been designed with a small crack to be filled with river stones.A closer look at one of the country’s most stylish countertop fabricators - and one of the industry’s most charismatic characters.

A Concrete Vanity Lit From Within

A bathroom vanity that has lights within to create a glow.The project was a powder-room vanity top. It was a follow-up to a feature fireplace we did a few months earlier for the same clients. As we had won their confidence with the fireplace project and they gave me free reign on the design.

How a Sealer Gets New Life in the Decorative Concrete Industry

A concrete sealer has been discovered by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.Southwestern Paint and Supply’s Hydro Guard, a sealer designed 22 years ago for secondary containment of chemicals and for sealing exterior stucco, has been discovered in recent years by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.

Special Considerations for Outdoor Cast Concrete

Outdoor kitchen with a lush green background.Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular, and special considerations must be made in order to ensure concrete's durability, longevity and aesthetics in these applications.

Cheng Concrete announces winners of Kitchen and Bath Concrete Maker Challenge
Photoluminescent Aggregate that Sparkles and Shines

Glow in the dark concrete aggregate in bathroom concrete countertop.The oldest methods of adding glitter to concrete are shiny aggregates - mica, glass, bits of mirror and so forth. More recent additives include silica carbide, spar, and "pixie dust" made of small glass beads.

Giving Back to Veterans One Concrete Table at a Time

After serving in Vietnam during 1967 and 1968, Rick Ogden lost contact with nearly all of his fellow soldiers.“It’s nice … to reacquaint with and meet guys I didn’t know that had an equal or similar experience,” he says. “It has been a soul-fulfilling deal for me. In taking these tables to these very real combat heroes."

How Polymer Additives Became a Part of GFRC

glass fiber up closeGlass-fiber reinforced concrete became a commercially viable material in the early 1970s. But it would take another decade or two before it became an economically attractive and faster alternative to the heavy and expensive materials traditionally used in commercial buildings.

Bathroom Vanity Gets Industrial-Look Concrete Countertop

Unique concrete countertop with gauges to create a "pit stop" look.Although Shelley and Guy Chomistek of Rafter C Precast Concrete are no strangers to custom concrete countertops, this recent bathroom project held some unique creative challenges.

How to Eliminate White Specks in Colored Concrete

Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects (see Concrete Decor's Feb./March issue). What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects. What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.

The Right Rubber Material for Your Custom Molds

Lines of rubber tires along the fence line and green grass.Science has continued to perfect specialty compounds for mold-making. These compounds are designed to address the very specific challenges associated with very different mold applications, including architectural and decorative precasting.

Concrete Kitchen with a Granite Island

Kitchen remodel with concrete and granite blending together harmoniously.Right at the start, we decided that the focal point of the kitchen would be the island. At that time we were unsure about what material we would use for the island top, so we went on a quest. We spent several days visiting virtually all of the natural stone distributors in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Casting Thin Concrete Furniture with GFRC

Casting Thin Concrete Furniture with GFRCThe acceptance of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) has inspired a current trend toward light, thin and delicate concrete furniture.

To illustrate what GFRC can do in furniture form, Jeffrey Girard of The Concrete Countertop Institute describes three projects — a table, a lounge chair and an S chair — that show off the strengths of the material.

How Two Fabricators Avoid Alkali-Silica Reaction in their Concrete Countertops

Cohen, who specializes in creating resort-style outdoor rooms, says he's been successfully using recycled glass, including slumped wine bottles, in his countertops for the past 15 years.Neither Scott Cohen, who owns The Green Scene in Northridge, Calif., nor Allen Miller, CEO and president of Concrete Revolution in Denver, Colo., have ever had a problem with alkali-silica reaction in their glass and concrete countertops.

Cheng Design Awards

Fu Tung Cheng announces the winners of the Cheng awards at World of Concrete in front of a large crowd.Cheng Concrete announced the winners of its fourth annual Members’ Circle of Distinction Design Challenge at the 2008 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas last January. More than 100 entries were received for the contest from 25 states as well as Canada, Mexico, and England.

Cheng Concrete announces 2013 winners of kitchen and bath sink contest

Cheng Concrete has reinvented its annual concrete design challenge with the first contest of a new series -- the Kitchen & Bath Concrete Maker Challenge. The company announced the 2013 winners in November.Cheng Concrete has reinvented its annual concrete design challenge with the first contest of a new series — the Kitchen & Bath Concrete Maker Challenge. The company announced the 2013 winners in November.

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