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Remodeling 101: Concrete Countertops

From rough hewn to refined, concrete countertops have moved beyond the drab slabs of the past. Advancements have catapulted concrete into the world of architectural-grade products, alongside popular stone and wood options. A serious contender for those seeking a customized material with a natural sensibility, it’s widely adaptable, but is definitely not for those who cherish perfection. Is it the right countertop material for you and your kitchen" Read on.

Above: A slender concrete counter with a delicate-looking edge detail by Concreteworks of Oakland, California, in a project by San Francisco architect John Maniscalco. Mark Rogero, principal of Concreteworks, explains that of late there’s been “a major shift in reinforcement technology?we use fiberglass reinforcement in surface concrete that has made it stronger, thinner, and more refined than the steel-reinforced concrete of the past.” Now concrete counters can be as thin as three-quarters of an inch. Photograph by Mariko Reed, courtesy of John Maniscalo Architecture.
Above: Not reserved for rustic or industrial settings, concrete counters are amazingly versatile. A custom concrete countertop fabricated by Lowinfo for a London architect is animated by a lime green Vola faucet.
1. What exactly is concrete"
Above: Concrete is a natural composite material made from an aggregate (typically rocks, sand, and fly ash) plus a cement binder (such as limestone and calcium sulfate) and water. (Fo...
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