FAQ's About Green Materials
Our standard proprietary formula is made with 35% recycled materials, and additional recycled content can be added. Our unique GFRC mix reduces consumption by providing unprecedented strength in thinner applications.
Because each countertop is custom crafted to meet exact project specifications, waste is near zero. Our countertops are also 100% recyclable, so if you ever decide to replace them they won’t end up in a landfill like other solid surfaces.
Contributions to LEED Certification:
Recycled content contributes to overall project Local fabrication contributes to your project’s use of regional materials, with 20% manufactured regionally. Use of zero VOC materials and sealers contributes to your project’s use of low-emitting materials.
Why choose concrete?
Every concrete surface is hand-crafted from organic materials to add beauty, durability and originality to your home or business. Our patented, lightweight formulas create one-of-a-kind custom surfaces that are strong, stylish and environmentally friendly.
What makes it different from regular concrete?
A patented mix virtually eliminates the inconsistencies common to regular concrete formulas, and ensures the highest standards of color fastness, reinforcement, overall weight and stability.
Are These Surfaces Stain & Scratch Resistant?
They have the highest compression strength of any concrete on the market and is backed by the latest technology in low VOC sealers. Every surface will remain beautiful for years – much longer than any other mix.
Are The Surfaces Environmentally Friendly?
Their unique formulas and fabrication methods are designed to help protect the environment and conserve natural resources. The use of recycled content in the patented mix reduces the quantity of material used by over fifty percent. Because each surface is custom made to the exact shape needed waste is virtually eliminated.
How strong is the material?
The surfaces reach a compressive strength of 10,567 PSI and flexural strength of 1,464 PSI. Our GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) mixes are nearly three times stronger than normal concrete.
Are The surfaces "Green"?
Surfaces contain a minimum of 35% recycled material. Each surface is made exactly to fit the project, reducing waste to near zero. The sealer is water based with no harmful impact on the environment. Plus, when you decide to remodel, the material can be recycled rather than sent to a landfill. The use of these surfaces helps qualify for several LEED Point categories.
Are the surfaces safe for food preparation?
Yes. All surfaces are finished with a water based sealer to produce a non-porous surface that is safe for food. As on any countertop surface, you should use cutting boards and other measures to minimize damage to the surface and to protect your knives from dulling.
Will my surface crack?
The surfaces are made with high strength GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) mixes that virtually eliminate all cracks and other defects that others try to call "normal features" in their surfaces. The extremely high compression and flex strength of surfaces gives you additional assurance against movement that can result in cracks.
How do I clean the surface?
Clean your surface with mild soap and water. You may also use common mild kitchen cleaners, but avoid using any abrasive cleaners as they may reduce the service life of the sealer. For some surfaces you may consider adding our wax-based finish for increased durability. Never spill oven cleaner, liquid pipe clog solution or other such caustic chemicals on the surface.
Can I put a hot pot directly on the surface?
Yes and no. It is rare that typical home cooking will result in a pot hot enough to damage the surface or sealer. However, we recommend that you use trivets and other measures to reduce the danger of scorching the sealer. Narrow surface areas are more susceptible to thermal shock, so reasonable care should be used in front of sinks and other such locations. Crock pots and similar appliances should not be placed directly on the surface.
Are surfaces expensive?
Concrete surfaces mimic the beauty of concrete countertops without the expensive cost structure and inherent concrete issues. They start at a very reasonable unit cost. Because each piece is made to exactly fit the project there is virtually no waste. There are no slab fees - you pay only for what is actually installed. Don't look at just the unit cost when comparing to other solid surface and granite options. Have the entire project quoted, and then you will likely agree that these surfaces are not expensive.
Does concrete stain?
The surfaces are finished with a food safe, low voc sealer to produce a non-porous surface that virtually eliminates staining. As with any surface, any spills should be cleaned up promptly. For some surfaces you may consider adding our wax-based finish for increased durability.
How are the surfaces made?
Each surface is hand crafted exactly to fit the project and customized to your personal selections. Your certified fabricator will measure and template your project then return with the finished pieces. All the mess is kept at the shop. For remodel projects a little planning and coordination can keep the area down-time to as little as one day.
Can I use the surface outside?
Yes! All colors are UV stable and will retain their beauty in direct and indirect sun exposure. Surfaces are perfect solutions for outdoor installations. Unlike all other solid surface alternatives and most granites (which are resin impregnated), surfaces will not fade or fall apart when used outside.
Will the product be covered by warranty?
Surfaces include a warranty that covers both the material and fabrication. Ask for a copy of our complete warranty and care documentation.
Will the color be what I expect?
Color selections for surfaces may be made from samples and charts. Our color system produces reliable and repeatable integral and stain colors. Because each piece is hand crafted slight variations in color and hue should be expected.
Will the color fade?
All colors are UV stable and will retain their beauty in direct and indirect sun exposure. Surfaces are perfect solutions for outdoor installations. Unlike all other solid surface alternatives and most granites (which are resin impregnated), surfaces will not fade or fall apart when used outside or inside in front of windows.
Will the installation be messy?
The surfaces are made at our fabrication shop, not on site. We will measure and template your project then return with the finished pieces. Unlike conventional concrete countertop creation, all the dust and mess is kept away from the project area.
Can I customize the look?
The surfaces offer a wide range of standard and premium base colors and stains, edge profiles, textures and other attributes. The only limit to what can be created is your imagination! Custom hand crafted