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Concrete is an extraordinary material, which is practical, expressive and aesthetical – all at the same time. In its essence, concrete is a “primitive shapeless mass”, which can be formed and shaped in any way you like. Technical possibilities and creative expression are limitless and this is what makes concrete a very exciting and inspiring finishing material! It can be polished until it is as smooth as a mirror or the robustness of the stone may be retained – its colour or surface structure can be what you wish and you can combine it with other stones, metals or even glass.

The greatest advantage of concrete over natural stones such as marble or granite is that concrete can be fully adapted to your needs – you can form and tone it and change its structure as you wish. Also, concrete requires less maintenance than natural stones and its compressive strength exceeds that of many natural stones. As a bonus, concrete is often cheaper than natural stones.

Style and design are inseparable parts of every home and this is why we are especially happy that concrete can be adapted to interiors with any appearance and character! The advantage of concrete is also that it always feels “warmer” than other natural stones. Detailed and decorative finishing helps concrete blend into any environment, be it a kitchen, bathroom or hallway.

On our planet, concrete is probably the most common construction material used in outdoor conditions. Yet, in case of polished and pigmented concrete surfaces, attention has to be paid to the combined impact of freezing and melting, which may break the polished surface. We recommend covering polished and finished concrete surfaces for winter to avoid damage to surfaces.
Sunlight and UV rays may affect certain types of concrete pigments, primarily “organic pigments”, but our products use only UV resistant mineral pigments based on iron salts, thanks to which our products sustain UV radiation well.

Just as with marble or granite, we do not recommend cutting and chopping things directly on the concrete worktop as this may scratch the finishing. In addition to scratching the concrete surface, cutting things directly on concrete may also damage your knife. Also, long-term acid contact (vinegar or lemon) with the worktop is not recommended.

Although concrete in general is a heat-resistant material, we recommend using trivets and other kitchen devices to avoid surface shards created due to a thermal shock. A strong thermal shock may occur e.g. when a smouldering surface (>600 ºC) is placed directly on the concrete. In addition, there is the risk that the heat damages the top furnish and wax. Therefore, if you want to keep the appearance of the concrete worktop longer, we recommend using trivets.

As with natural stone, so with concrete there is also the risk that a strong blow to the edge may cause shards to break from the worktop. Concrete is better because the compressive strength and elasticity of concrete used for worktops is significantly higher than that of natural stone (compressive strength class C45/50). As a result, it is nearly impossible to break shards from a concrete worktop in ordinary use.

Properly treated concrete should not become dirty, but untreated concrete has the same porosity as limestone and marble. Similarly to natural stones, concrete is also sensitive to different acids (especially red wine, lemon juice and vinegar, for example), which may damage the finishing. In order to minimise damages, the concrete surface has to be cleaned of the stains as quickly as possible.

Covering materials of concrete surfaces may be divided into three groups: covering materials that seep into the structure, hybrid materials and surface covering materials.

Penetrating materials i.e. materials that seep into the structure of the surface make concrete water-resistant, but change the visible surface minimally. Such materials are different mineral oils, e.g. Tung oil (Vernicia fordii) – Chinese tree oil. Customers preferring this method wish to exhibit the concrete surface in all its glory.

Surface covering materials are primarily different polyurethane covers and epoxy covers that cover the surface with a plastic-like layer. Unfortunately, such layers are extremely sensitive to scratches and other mechanical influences.

Hybrid covers penetrate deep into the concrete, providing also micro-layer protection to the visible surface of the concrete. This micro-thin layer fully covers the surface, without influencing the beauty and warmth of the concrete, while effectively protecting concrete from different acids, stains and cleaning agents.