Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- Does the concrete ever crack?
- Does the concrete stain or is it waterproof?
- Does the color ever vary?
- What is the maximum size a pre-cast slab can be?
- Can I put hot pans on the counter?
- Can I cut directly on the counter?
- How much can it cantilever without being supported?
- Who should install the counter?
- Can I use it outdoors?
- How do I clean it?
- How do I maintain the finish?
- Do I have a choice of finishes?
» Yes, hairline cracking may occur. However, this does not affect the structural integrity of the concrete.
It can be patched or left visible, thus adding character to the look of the concrete.
» The concrete must be sealed, making it water and stain resistant. It is best to clean up spills as soon as possible, especially oils and acidic liquids. Regular application of Buddy Rhodes Beeswax protects concrete and gives a little extra time to clean up spills.
» Yes, since our product is hand made, color and texture may vary. This is part of the uniqueness of concrete.
» Typically we keep them to 7' x 3', they have a tendency to become too heavy to work with, seaming may be required. Larger sizes can be be achieved, call us to discuss your project.
» No, it is best to use hot pads or a trivet to avoid scorching the sealer.
» No, use a cutting board instead. Knife marks can mar the sealed surface and set up areas for stains to form.
» No more than 10" with a 1.5" thick countertop.
» Anyone who has marble or granite installation experience.
» Yes, it is a great product for outdoor use.
» Use plain soap and water or any natural non-abrasive cleaner such as diluted Simple Green.
» Regular maintenance will insure the long life of the concrete. Waxing with beeswax every couple of months will provide a level of protection and add patina to the surface.
» Yes, we produce three different finishes. The first is a “hard trowelled” finish, the second is a “pressed” finish, the third is a “ground” finish. The hard trowelled look is all one color with variations in the finish caused by the trowel. The pressed look is a veined finish that may have one or more colors in the infill. The ground look is achieved by grinding the trowelled surface and exposing the aggregate.