FAQ – Concrete Countertops
Q: I am remodeling and would like concrete countertops, how early should I order them?
A: For concrete countertops we make sure that every job is properly cured, thus providing the most durable surface possible. Since each order is custom made we ask that the customers should allow 3 – 6 weeks for delivery and installation once a contract is signed.
Q: What kind of cost is involved in having a concrete countertop made and installed?
A: Due to each concrete countertops differences each homeowner/business owner each piece is individually quoted. Adding different elements such as custom inlays, sinks, textures and other options can raise the price. A custom concrete countertop can be priced similar to that of moderate to high-end granite countertops with similar features.
Q: Why should I go with concrete countertops instead of granite for example?
A: There are many reasons why concrete countertops are a better choice then granite. Concrete allows you to design your countertops exactly the way you want. You can choose shape, colors, and textures. Concrete surfaces are very durable, but NOT indestructible. They do require care similar to granite and marble.
Q: Can I use concrete for eating surfaces?
A: Yes, our sealer is food safe upon curing and meets the most stringent of VOC regulations. Concrete does not make a home for dust, dust mites, mold nor other allergens.
Q: Will my concrete countertop chip or crack?
A: Concrete countertops are durable, but NOT indestructible. If struck by a heavy object the surface may crack or chip. Concrete can experience small hairline cracks, but this does not affect durability nor strength. (Cracks similar to that found on porcelain surfaces.) Unlike granite or marble, concrete can be repaired. Like any type of stone concrete will need to be taken care of, but it will provide a lasting and durable site for your family to enjoy their evening together.
Q: Can I cut vegetables on my concrete countertops?
A: We do not recommend cutting vegetables on the concrete. It is possible that the knife could cause small scratches. Always use a cutting board to ensure your concrete countertops safety.
Q: Can I put hot plates or pots on the concrete countertops?
A: We highly recommend that you DO NOT place hot items on the concrete surface. The sealant we use can withstand 300 degrees Farenheit. Even though concrete is heat resistant the sealer could become discolored. We ask that you use trivets or hot pads to protect the concrete.
Q: How much care do concrete countertops require?
A: Once sealed, in the final process of making the countertop, there is no need to reseal. The sealant we use has a high performance durability against scratching, abrasion, chemical, household staining, UV damage and can take heat up to 300 degrees Farenheit. Regardless you will want to make sure that you clean up spills promptly, like from acids such as wine or citrus. We recommend that you do not use abrasive cleaners, ex. Scotchbrite pads. Do not use vinegar, nor products using acids. These products could scratch or dull the countertops shine. Mild soapy water or a spray and wipe product will keep the concrete countertop looking new. Concrete countertops are just as easy to take care of as any other type of countertop.
Q: What is an “Artistic License”?
A: This simply means that we at DCM reserve the right to use our artistic ability to come up with a design that will be pleasing to the space. Just like all tree grain is different, all pieces will have different grains and textures. Clients who appreciate original pieces of art will be pleased with the work we do here at DCM. But if a client is not comfortable with this concept, we would not recommend concrete pieces in their home.