Making Concrete Countertops

Written by Adam Blau
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The durability and the warm, natural beauty of concrete countertops have made them a hit both among designers and homeowners. Concrete countertops are unique in that much of the time, they are fabricated for individual clients (rather than sold prefabricated). The method of countertop construction can vary, depending on the needs of the client and the facilities of the contractor.

Building a Concrete Countertop in the Shop or at Home

There are two main methods that contractors use to manufacture concrete countertops. Countertops are either pre-cast in the contractor's shop, or created on the site of the counter's destination. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, as well as its own specific costs and potential obstacles.

Some contractors prefer to pre-cast their countertops in a shop. This gives the contractor extremely controlled conditions under which he or she can operate. The countertop can be poured, cured and sealed under conditions the contractor knows to be adequate and safe. Rather than work in an unfamiliar environment, these contractors will work off-site and then ship the product to its final destination once it is ready. Such a method can also come in quite handy if other construction is being done on the site simultaneously.

Other contractors will work quite readily on-site. Such a situation is often necessary for uniquely-shaped countertops or for shipping concerns. If a client desires an oddly-shaped curve in the countertop, for example, it might make more sense for the contractor to mold the product to its exact shape in the proposed space. Clearly, on-site production eliminates the need to transport the product to its final destination.

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