Concrete that develops high compressive strength quickly is going to be harder than concrete that develops strength more slowly. For example, the predicted value of flexural strength for ordinary construction concrete that has a very high compressive strength of 12, 000 psi is only about 900 psi!

Steel reinforcing effectively boosts flexural strength values many times that of unreinforced concrete. Moisture evaporating from inside the concrete causes strong capillary suction forces in the cement paste that cause it to shrink. The underlying causes of this can be poor curing practices (allowing the concrete to dry out too soon before it’s strong enough to resist the suction forces), too much mix water, too much cement in the mix, or poor aggregate gradation that requires too much cement paste to achieve good workability.Curling can occur if one side of the slab remains wet and the other side is dry.

This helps reduce the root cause of cracking and curling: the suction forces in the cement paste.

We do believe that even if you choose to use a bagged mix in your business, you should fully understand how concrete really works, so that you are better able to troubleshoot or adjust for your climate and working conditions. However, high early (compressive) strength is important early on when you need to get the concrete out of the forms, flip it over and start grinding it as soon as possible to get it into your client’s home. This means that the cement paste between the hard sand grains and aggregate will be harder, and the concrete can be ground and polished sooner. If the shrinkage forces are high enough, the concrete cracks.

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Curling occurs when one face of a countertop shrinks more than the other side, and the result is that the countertop curls towards the side that shrank more.

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Quikrete to get a thicker consistency that we felt was needed. After drying, finishing and application of a sealer, our project came out very nice. The next two bags were lighter when the contractors mixed them up. Unfortunately, when the countertops started drying it became obvious that one countertop was gray and the other was white. All the bags were labeled identically, with the same numbers, and nothing to indicate what color of concrete was contained inside. Also note that the concrete does have some rocks in it and once you pour the concrete it will need to be sanded out then sealed to get a nice smooth finish. The contractors mixed up and poured the first two bags and they looked great. They said that different dye lots can have different color intensities and that the two separate countertops would most likely dry out and be the same color. Also, because it is concrete, expect some cracks to show up as the concrete cures.

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Suitable for both indoor and outdoor precast or cast-in-place projects. If used in conjunction with fiberglass netting, steel reinforcement bars and/or wire mesh are not needed. Fly ash affects reactivity and color development when acid staining and causes color variability in integrally colored countertops. Keep in mind that if the countertop has larger voids the surface should be slurried prior to sealing for best results. Each admix contains polymers, additives and chopped fibers required for a glass fiber reinforced countertop to help prevent cracking and shrinkage.

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The weights used in this countertop recipe will produce 1 cubic foot of concrete mix.

We start by adding the water in the bucket first, then add the other liquid ingredients and blend them together. Mix until all the ingredients are blended very well together, then empty the mixture into your forms. This is a high performance countertop recipe that can be used for just about any application. It doesn’t have the exact same ingredients but it’s a very high quality countertop mix that’s very similar to this recipe. So if you’re looking for a countertop mix where all you have to do is just add water, this is a great way to go.

Then add the cement while slowly mixing, once the cement is mixed with all the water add the sand/aggregate blend, then the other dry ingredients.

You can use this 7 gallon bucket to mix the ingredients in. Those are the basic ingredients for a concrete countertop mix.

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There doesn’t appear to be many off the shelf products for your average joe. Just make sure you keep it on each part for a good long while.

You do not need to use mould release oil when using melamine. It was a pain in the backside for a non-tradesman like me to get hold of though. If using a sealer like mine, you can leave the finish at 50 grit. Just sped the time making the form right, and make sure you are happy with the placement of the stones to form the letters as you glue/silicone. Sort out reinforcing as necessary – depending on if it’s a cantilever like mine or a beam.

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Use brick ladder, it’s perfectly suited and should be easy for you to get. Use either silicone caulk, or a spray adhesive to stick the aggregate you want placed to the bottom of the form. The sooner you start doing it, the less time and effort it’ll take.


If you try a full sized kitchen concrete countertop without any experience at mixing, placing, and finishing concrete, you may be very disappointed with the outcome. Protecting the floor, cabinets, and walls is a must because concrete can be messy when it is poured. Concrete is very heavy so pouring it in place means you don’t have to lift it, transport it, and install it after making it somewhere else. Mixing and pouring the concrete is easier with no cabinets to work around and no finished flooring to spill concrete on.

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Transporting the countertop and installing it are usually the biggest obstacles to precasting diy concrete countertops. After all the planning and forming, now it seems like you are getting somewhere. The first layer is carefully pressed into place by hand, filling about one-half of the form. If you are precasting your diy concrete countertop, then troweling the top of the concrete or polishing the bottom of the concrete in the mold is the best way to finish the countertop. Some will give you a matte finish, others will give you a gloss finish. This guide will walk you through each step from planning to sealing your diy concrete countertop. Pouring a concrete countertop in your kitchen or bathroom requires extensive preparation. The kitchen or bathroom area will also be out of use for up to a week before it is done. Having a controlled environment where no other people are working means less chance of having an accident. If you want a polished surface, doing this off site is also much easier. The template will ensure you have the exact dimensions if you are making a precast countertop and using the right forming materials will give you a smooth surface to apply the finish.The concrete countertop reinforcement is now set into place, then the remaining half of the concrete is poured to fill in the rest of the form. This does require some skill troweling concrete for a flawless finish. There are many types of sealers out there, each with their pros and cons.

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Each of our products is unique, as is each pour, so we see our products as working art rather than only functional items. All products are treated with sealer and wax to assist in cleaning and maintenance.

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It is water resistant and durable as it is made for use on traffic floors, stairs, walls, surfaces and pre-made panels. It can be stenciled for graphic effects, can be applied smooth or built up to create a textured/rough surface. Applying the material is a creative process as the method of application determines the final appearance of the surface, each application is unique like a painting. Polished concrete provides a beautiful contemporary alternative material for architectural products and surfaces.

We aim to create highly individual surfaces and products built to our clients specification. Surfaces can be ground to expose decorative aggregate or have variable degrees of grinding. It can be sealed in mat or satin finish or polished with wax depending on the use. It is possible to make the material look very similar to burnished concrete (see images on left).

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This project is a simple, 2′ x 6′, 2″ thick countertop island with a smooth surface and a cutout for a square cooktop. To determine the size of your countertop, measure the base cabinets or your existing countertop. Start with a 4′ x 6′ piece of 1″ thick melamine particleboard. Measure and mark the exact dimensions on the mold base, then cut using a circular saw (image 2).Use a square to check corners, and the outer mold is complete. Then insert a jigsaw into the holes and cut from hole to hole along the edge marks. Run a small uniform bead of 100-percent silicone caulk in all the inside corners and seams of the mold.

You can also use the tip of your finger to smooth out the caulk. The concrete you’ll be pouring is heavy – about 10 to 15 pounds per-square foot and you don’t want the edges of the mold to bend with the weight. Lay three boards underneath the mold – lengthwise, each a bit longer than the actual mold. The frame should be tight against the mold, to prevent the heavy concrete from pushing the mold out of shape. Rather, the 2x4s the frame should be attached to each other and the mold should lie within the frame. This will be added to the concrete during the pour to add strength and prevent cracking. If you want to add color to the countertop, now’s the time to add pigment to the mix. Liquid pigments are easy to measure and mix, especially with small concrete batches like this one. Controlling the amount of water added to the concrete mix is critical to producing consistent color. Mixing the concrete correctly is critical to its strength and durability. Remember that the concrete at the bottom of mold will become the top of the concrete slab. Set the galvanized wire into the concrete, taking care that it does not touch the edges of the mold. Continue to fill the mold on top of the wire, tamping the concrete with a trowel, as you go along to ensure it is well-packed. The level of concrete will drop slightly in the mold as it settles. The vibrations will help bring air bubbles in the concrete up to the surface. Let the concrete cure at least a week—the more it cures, the stronger it gets.

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Carefully drill two 2-inch screws equal distance apart, halfway into each of the melamine sides. The weight of the slab usually makes removing the melamine base an easier task. You’ll need to work progressively from 100-grit sandpaper, finishing with 220-grit. When the slab comes out of the mold, it’s going to have imperfections. Keep one hand on the top of the sander as you polish the edges. Keep sanding and testing until each edge and surface feels smooth to the touch. Prepare the surface for finishing by etching it with a solution made from 1 ounce of muriatic acid mixed in 1 gallon of water. Rinse the slab with fresh water to remove the acid mixture, and let it dry completely. Keep applying coats until the concrete won’t absorb any more. Bring the countertop in, set it in place, and press down gently to seal the caulk. Plan for basic color treatments and plain edges, and also plan to spend a few weekends on the project. If measuring the base cabinets, add an extra 3/4″ for an overhang. The key to a great countertop is a well-built mold to pour the concrete into. Then attach the sides by drilling 2-inch pilot holes every 6 inches. Trim the ends strips and attach them in the same way to the remaining sides of the mold. Smooth the bead with a caulk tool or your finger and let dry thoroughly for 24 hours. To start the cut, drill pilot holes on the inside corners of the portion that will be removed. Then measure and cut the sides for the cutout, attaching them by butting them against the edges of the base inside the cutout. The bottom of the mold will be the top of the countertop, so it’s important the concrete sets on a debris-free surface. Smooth the bead with a caulk tool and let dry thoroughly for 24 hours. The silicone will seal the joints of the mold and prevent the wet concrete from leaking. Once the outer mold is done, you’ll need to build a support frame to surround it. Measure the mold and cut a series of 2x4s for a support frame around it. Then add the remaining two side pieces and attach them to the first two, completing the frame. The last step in preparing the mold for the concrete is to cut a section of galvanized structural stucco wire. Use metal snips to cut the wire to the shape of the mold so that it comes about 1 inch off the edges all around.Once cut, set the wire aside until you’re ready to pour the concrete. Add water to the concrete and mix with a shovel per the manufacturer’s instructions. When it achieves the texture of peanut butter it’s time to add it to the mold. Using a small spade or bucket, pour the concrete into the mold, pressing and compacting it as you fill the mold to a depth of about 1 inch or halfway full. The wire will keep the concrete from cracking as it dries and it will also add strength. To settle the concrete, use an orbital sander without sandpaper against the sides of the mold. When finished, gently cover the countertop with a sheet of plastic or damp burlap to protect it from dust and dirt. Remove the 2×4 support frame from the sides and ends of the mold. Be careful not to drill all the way through – you don’t want to disturb the mold edge. Then use a hammer and the new screws to pry each side away from the concrete slab.

You don’t want a misstep that will cause a chip or any breakage. Use an orbital sander to remove any imperfections along the surface and edges.

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Be prepared; you’ll go through plenty of sandpaper and this is a dusty process. When done, wipe the slab with a damp rag to remove any loose grit and concrete dust. Wipe the surface thoroughly with a sponge dipped in the acid solution. If you’re working inside, open doors and windows for better ventilation. Let the sealer dry then apply a second coat, working at right angles to the first. Prepare the installation by running a thick bead of silicone caulk around the upper edge of the cabinet.

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Aesthetically, what is the difference between concrete and cement?

The options you propose look like they’re worth investigating, thanks for the advice.

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Once the concrete has reached sufficient strength to be self-supporting the forms may be removed. For example, if the countertop depth supported by the cabinets is 24″ you could cantilever 12″ out. To learn more about concrete countertop colouring techniques plus advanced creative effects for countertops, enrol in an intensive hands-on countertop class with us.

We produce a professional grade mix that includes limestone rock and well graded aggregates that make for easy finishing, minimal shrinkage and exceptional strength (excess of 8, 000 psi at 28 days). The longer the distance the more important it is that the concrete cure and gain strength. A rule of thumb is that you may cantilever half the supported distance. When it comes to sealing concrete countertops contractors have more options than traditional flat work. Polishing and food grade beeswax offers durability as well as the natural look of polished stone.

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From countertops to fireplace surrounds, decorative contractors continue to push the limits of concrete.By using a bag mix, contractors are able to focus on creating the product. A contractor shouldn’t be dealing with the chemistry behind the product. While bag mixtures will include several admixtures, if making a mix from scratch it is essential to include pozzolans. Another essential admixture is a super plasticizer used to eliminate water. The aggregate size plays an important role in concrete, and it will require smaller aggregate for precast projects, such as countertops. Whether choosing to make their own mix or using a bag mix, in the end it comes down to the style that the contractor is most comfortable working with. Adding too much water to a mix will result in a stiff, unworkable mix.As a result, it is important for contractors to inform their clients of concretes ability to pick up spills. A made-from-scratch mix requires contractors to have a mix recipe. When making a mix from scratch, contractors will purchase the ingredients individually. Girard warns contractors that decorative concrete mixes aren’t like the standard concrete. Heidebrink encourages contractors to work with 3/8-inch aggregate and smaller for a base of the wet cast concrete and avoid mixtures with more sand. To avoid this, use a super plasticizer, an admixture that gives the mix extra workability.

By having no gaps in the gradation, contractors will have a well-graded mix where the particles are packed close together reducing the need for paste and strengthening the end product. When curing, concrete needs to be kept wet long enough for it to achieve its strength. Caution: adding more cement means adding more water!

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I told him not to worry, we’d make that orange sofa work in his apartment. He has intention to do something more to the front but it has not been a priority. They changed the trim color on the home and it made such a huge impact. I would have never done the ceiling in the dark color but it’s very striking.

He loved it and just bought cause he liked it but then was regretting the decision because everyone told him he should have bought neutral. I noticed big changes going on at this home a couple of years ago.

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