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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. I have decided on concrete countertops for my kitchen, what is the process?

2. What sort of routine maintenance is required to protect the finish?

3. Can I put a hot pot directly onto a cast concrete countertop?

4. Can concrete be used as a cutting surface?

5. Does concrete stain?

6. How do I clean concrete countertops?

7. Will my concrete change colors, or crack?

8. How much does concrete weigh and do I have to reinforce my cabinets?

9. How much do concrete countertops cost?

10. What makes concrete countertops so special?

11. Why concrete countertops over granite, quartz, corian and other solid surfaces counter top?

12. What is the service area for countertops?

 

1. I have decided on concrete countertops for my kitchen, what is the process?

Step 1: Your first step was just completed. Research the material.

Step 2: Call us and we will come to show you some samples and standard colors. We will look at your project or plans and can assist you with design, colors, features and options to maximize your space. If you contact us early enough in your remodel project we can show you how to possibly get 20% or more work space on your countertop without new cabinets.

Step 3: We will provide you with a written quote detailing the project.

Step 4: Once approved, the deposit is made and we will come make a template for your countertop. Templating the countertop usually takes about an hour. (If there is an existing countertop it must be removed in order to make a precise template. The countertop can be placed back after your template is complete, and used until your new countertop is installed.)

Step 5: Molds are made to fit templates precisely. Concrete is poured and allowed to cure before being removed from the molds. Depending on your desired finish, the countertops are then polished and slurried several times. Sealer is then applied as well as a coat of wax to protect and beautify. Completion is typically 2-4 weeks.

Step 6: We will schedule an installation time to complete your project.

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2. What sort of routine maintenance is required to protect the finish?

Projects that leave the shop have been sealed with numerous layers of a penetrating sealer. A light buff with wax every periodically will even out the surface by getting rid of fingerprints and will put a little kick back into the luster.

3. Can I put a hot pot directly onto a cast concrete countertop?

Concrete is heat resistant but can be subject to thermal shock if a RED HOT object is placed directly upon it. Like granite, the exposed area may flake or chip away if too much heat is applied. We recommend using trivets for hot cookware. Cast-in brass or stainless rails can be a nice design element that can add to the functionality of the countertop.

4. Can concrete be used as a cutting surface?

Cast concrete is not a substitute for a cutting board as it will dull your knives. If you are interested in introducing a cutting surface into the kitchen design we recommend a custom recess incorporated into the countertop. A custom cutting board built in next to the sink over a drain board is a great feature that can ease food preparation and clean up.

5. Does concrete stain?

A well cared for concrete countertop will resist stains. As with most porous surfaces, concrete will stain if not cared for. Concrete has approximately the same porosity as marble. Acids can etch the surface especially red wine, lemon juice, and vinegar. However, like aged butcher block or marble, a patina on a cast concrete product can actually enhance the character of the surface. Our non-toxic penetrating sealer and wax will help to resist stains, but are not acid proof. Promptly cleanup after spills is the best way to minimize staining and etching.

6. How do I clean concrete countertops?

Infistone recommends cleaning your countertops regularly with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner (409 Stone and Granite) and a soft micro-fiber cloth or paper towel. Avoid abraisive cleaners, such as Soft Scrub or Comet cleanser. Also avoid using abrasive sponges and steel wool.

7. Will my concrete change colors, or crack?

Unlike synthetic materials and laminates, concrete is a natural product. Subtle changes in color, small hairline cracks, patina and other changes to your surface add to its beauty and uniqueness. If such changes should happen to your countertops it's a good thing, and part of what makes concrete the desired surface that it is. As with other stone products, corners and edges can chip if struck by a hard object. Hairline cracks can also develop. These are not structural failures, but are an inherent property of the material.

8. How much does concrete weigh and do I have to reinforce my cabinets?

1.5" concrete weighs 18.75lbs per square ft. Granite is 18lbs per square ft. New GFRC concrete countertops can weigh as little as 12lbs per square foot. Older/original cabinets will have to be inspected by the fabricator to determine if additional support is needed.

9. How much do concrete countertops cost?

Concrete countertops are a custom-crafted material and made by the designer and craftsman. There are several labor intensive steps to fabricating your new kitchen countertops from concrete. Different factors are used to price concrete countertops. Options such as thickness, irregular or curved shapes, cutting boards and drainboards, inlays, custom edges and back splashes affect the overall cost. Concrete is competitive in price with high end granite countertops and other engineered countertop materials. Infistone can work with you and help you with options to fit your budget.

10. What makes concrete countertops so special?

The biggest advantage of concrete is that it is so completely customizable; you can sculpt, mold, and texturize it to your own desire. People want to have something exclusive that their friends or neighbors don't have, unlike run of the mill granite countertops. In most new homes and kitchen remodels, granite is expected and has lost most of its value and appeal. In addition to the flexibility, concrete is organic, it has a special feel to it. From the first time people see it, they are surprised that concrete can look so good, they touch and feel the texture.

11. Why concrete countertops over granite, quartz, corian and other solid surfaces counter top?

Many of the surfaces available to granite and other countertop shops is that they are flat slabs of material. Concrete counter tops are custom formed for each project. The options for concrete are infinite, different colors, edges, inlays, aggregates, thicknesses, drain boards, trivets, recycled glass, personal momentos inlayed, textures, cutting boards and even fiber optic lights! You can make this piece to fit all your needs for the chef in the house or the talk of the neighborhood.