Concrete

Concrete history

Concrete has been used in construction for already more than 2,000 years and the pioneers in this field were the Romans. Concrete was widely used during the Roman times – for example it was used to build nearly 8,500 kilometres of roads and hundreds of kilometres of aqueducts. Romans used a relatively primitive mixture for making concrete – the mortar consisted of fine gravel and coarse sand, which was mixed with hot lime powder and water. They reduced the contraction of concrete during drying by adding different additives to the mortar. One such additive was horse hair, the contemporary...

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Why choose concrete?

Concrete is an extraordinary construction material, which allows you to realise many creative dreams in both the interior and exterior! Concrete is an ideal material, which beautifully combines art, architecture and handicraft. It is something powerful, as there are not many materials which could embody both emotionality, practicality as well as expressiveness and aesthetics. What makes it even more exciting is that concrete has all these qualities at the same time. Concrete is an excellent constructional material, which can be altered according to your expectations for the final results....

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About the product itself

About the product itself A concrete worktop is a relatively pretentious choice. It is a 100% design product, which is hand-made for a specific project and there is no mass production – it could be said that there are basically no two worktops that would be exactly alike. One thing that is important to be kept in mind is that concrete is certainly not a “cheap” copy to replace granite or marble surfaces or other surfaces made of natural stone. It has to be considered as a separate and unique material. This is also the reason why concrete is most expressive end outstanding only in its original...

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Typical problems – quality norms

What are its most typical problems – weight, cracks, holes. Quality norms and limits. Weight The main problem that sets restrictions on the form is weight. Similarly to other stones, the density of concrete is 2-2.2 kg/l and, for example, a square meter of worktop with a thickness of 4 cm weighs approximately 82-88 kg (40 liters) or, for example, a worktop with a length of 2500 mm and width of 600 mm, which are relatively standard measurements, weighs around 120 kg (without cut-outs for the stove or sink). This causes many different problems. Firstly, with such weights one has to consider...

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Cretemolds®-Molds

We use high-quality molds made by Cretemolds®. We provide the option of casting different bathroom sinks on the Cretemolds® molds. The sinks can be both countertop and sunk into the furniture. The molds can be seen here -  www.cretemolds.com/Bath-Sink-Molds-s/35.htm You simply select the mold and provide us with a drawing on what kind of bathroom sink you would like – we will do the rest. You will pay just the price of the mold (“Our Price”) and if you order casting for two or more molds, we will pay for the transportation of the molds. With one mold, a transport fee of approximately...

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Standard products

Standard products and product models We mainly focus on the so-called pure concrete and what we want to offer is concrete in its original form – with its pros and cons. As standard products, we offer two colors of concrete – ordinary gray and light gray. We would argue that concrete worktops are the most eye-catching in their original form. The gray hues of the product play on the corners and the surface, creating an interesting harmony. The color of concrete can be altered with different pigments, but unfortunately, it is not possible to guarantee an exact shade and the concrete...

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Covering concrete surfaces and selection of surface coatings – cleaning the surface

Covering concrete surfaces and selection of surface coatings – cleaning the surface Covering concrete surface is one of the most complex stages that also creates the most questions as the aim is rock-solid protection against all liquids and also maximum physical resistance to all kinds of usage. At the same time, the surface of the concrete must not look like it has been covered and the original feel of the surface cannot be spoiled by the coating!!! Basically, coatings are divided into two – those that are absorbed into the surface and superficial coatings. Materials that are absorbed...

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How to take measurements

How to take measurements – designing a worktop Designing a worktop – the maximum length of a worktop we currently cast is 2.7 meters. Longer worktops should be halved by stove or sink openings in such a way that the cut-out for the stove or sink would be at one end of the worktop. A worktop with a cut-out in the centre is the most impractical as in this a case there are heavy weights (about 60-80 kg) on both sides of the cut-out, which affect the “thin” edges of the cut-out and pose a threat to the integrity of the worktop during transport and installation! The “thinnest” edge should...

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Installing the product

Firstly, the product is heavy – it is one of the main concerns when installing concrete and other natural stones. The simplest way to understand the weight of the product is to calculate the volume of the product in liters (multiply the length, width and thickness of the plate in meters and convert the result into liters by multiplying it X 1000) and to multiply the results with the average material density coefficient, which is 2.1 kg/l. For example, the weight of a plate that is 2.5 m long, 62 cm wide and 4 cm thick is about 130 kg (2.5 m x 0.62 m x 0.04 m = 0.062 m3 x 1000 = 62 l x 2.1 = 130.2...

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Navigation on the homepage

Navigation on the homepage – image numbers A few guidelines on how to view the images. The images are numbered with a four-digit number; the numbers are in the format IMG_1574… If you are asking about or referring to a specific number, it makes it easiest for us to understand which shade or surface form you have in mind. In addition If you want to specify something, let us know about your interests. We are certainly able to send you photos of similar products with a larger resolution than available on the homepage. NB: the hues on the photos may sometimes differ from the original...

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