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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 form and colour. Although concrete can be toned with different pigments, its structure remains the same and as coloured, its accent in the interior might not stand out.

The aim of concrete is to bring a stylized technical outlook into interiors. It is a construction material that had a completely different concept in the past and has now been turned into an unusual material in interior design.

As said above, concrete is best exhibited in its original colors – its gray tones ideally harmonize with metal and white hues. However, the “inertness” of the gray color allows it to be combined with other kinds of interior color palettes as well.

How does it feel to touch?

The surface is smooth – the result of both water polishing1 and dry polishing2 is a smooth and even surface. The smoothness of the surface is equal to that of polished granite (it is easy to write on a piece of paper placed on it – we have been asked about that). The edges of the worktop are fully squared and/or slightly chamfered.

The surface is pleasantly cool to the touch, but significantly warmer than granite or marble surfaces. Concrete does not conduct sound and so the surface works as a muffler that makes using dishes, plates, glasses a lot more soundless.

Worktops are heavy and therefore there is practically no vibration or movement in the worktop. It stands completely still.


 

Water polishing1 is a method during which a relatively thick 2-4 mm layer is removed from the surface to bring out stones (sand) or other decorative material (glass) in the mixture, which results in the so-called terrazzo coating. If the aim is to bring out the grains of sand in the mixture, this is called pepper polishing.

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Dry polishing2 involves treatment with a stone material in the course of which only a thin surface layer is removed. This is a white crystal-like layer that occurs on the surface of the concrete as it sets (<0.3 mm).

Dry polishing reveals the original surface of the concrete, but the sand grains in the mixture are not yet revealed.

Structure

If the aim is to highlight the uniqueness of concrete, there are two main possibilities – one of which is aiming at a surface with as homogenous a finishing as possible, and the second is intentionally making the surface appear robust and technical.

Worktops tend to be more homogenous as their purpose requires a smooth and even surface. The other approach is suitable for different wall panels as well as sinks, where technical robustness creates a particular aesthetic value.

Often, an interesting solution can be found by combining these styles.

Although the product has its prevalent qualities, yet – as is common with handicraft – the end result will always have a small and often unique touch.

Becoming dirty

Concrete is a liquid absorbent material, but there is no reason to fear this quality too much as the mixture includes additives that inhibit the movement of liquids and do not allow liquids to seep into deeper layers. In addition, the surface of the product is impregnated with different liquid-repellent materials, which have been discussed in more detail in the article (Covering concrete surfaces and selection of surface coatings).

Concrete floors (some coated and some not) provide a good example here, as they usually have to withstand heavy usage (warehouses, garages), but can still be cleaned.

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