Why Concrete?

Who would want concrete countertops?
Concrete countertops are the most unique, personal countertop option because they are made from scratch for each client. To determine whether concrete is right for you, think about whether you believe that:

  • you want something unique and personalized
  • you want something that looks natural and has character
  • you appreciate high-quality, hand-crafted items
  • you think granite is too shiny, too formal, too common
  • you think synthetic solid surface materials look and feel like plastic
  • you need a color or visual texture that’s not available with other countertop materials

If so, concrete countertops may be right for you.

Concrete is not just for sidewalks anymore.
In fact try not to think of concrete countertops the same way you do sidewalks. The only ingredient that makes them both relatives is water and cement. Concrete countertops are hand crafted with special admixtures like pozzolans, glass fibers, and others to make it a strong, dense, and very durable piece unlike any old sidewalk.When it comes to concrete counter tops the possibilities for creative expression are endless. You can grind, polish, stamp, or stain it. You can embed meaningful objects within it. The customizations are astounding.

Each of our concrete products are made 100% by the hands of an American craftsman. Since concrete is a mix of many different ingredients, slight variations in color, shade, texture and overall appearance should be expected. This is what makes each piece, custom, and one of a kind. This is where your concrete has character.

Concrete can also be an expression between you and your home. Concrete can be built, shaped, and personalized, to make a statement about you, your family and your lifestyle. Concrete countertops are the most unique, personal countertop option because they are made from scratch for each customer. Concrete is also a great option for bathroom sinks because of its ability to be integrated into the countertop or be a simple vessel sink option.

Some Frequently Asked Questions.

Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages of concrete compared to other countertop materials?
Advantages:
Custom: Concrete’s biggest advantage is that it is completely custom. Your countertop will be unique to you and highly personalized.
Versatile: Concrete is extremely versatile. It can enhance any style, from French Country to Contemporary. From Arts and Crafts to Industrial. From Traditional to Modern.  The possibilities are endless.
Practical: Pearidge Concretes’ proprietary sealer provides a surface that is extremely stain-resistant and low-maintenance. Common food items will not stain it. The sealer does not degrade, and therefore does not need to be reapplied every year like many other sealers. The sealer also exhibits great heat resistance. You can put hot pots on the countertop without trivets.
Imperfections: We believe that this is an advantage. Concrete countertops are hand made and hand finished. Since concrete is a heterogeneous mixture of many different ingredients, subtle variations in color, shade, texture and overall appearance should be expected. All concrete is susceptible to harmless hairline cracks. They will sometimes appear months or years after installation, and are generally a result of seasonal movement of the cabinets and the house itself. These should be considered part of the aesthetic charm of concrete, and not a defect. Concrete exhibits natural beauty rather than plastic perfection.

Disadvantages:
Staining: Concrete countertops actually behave similar to granite in this regard. Granite countertops are also porous and have to be sealed and maintained. Most people don’t realize this, because granite is usually too dark and patterned to show stains. Food, acids and oil will not stain your countertop if wiped up immediately, and if left on for a longer period of time, they will cause only a light spot whose appearance can be minimized with a touch-up kit.
Scratching: While the sealer is very durable, it is possible to scratch it. For example, in kitchens, you should use cutting boards on concrete countertops.
Lead time: Concrete countertops are a long lead time item. They take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to fabricate.

Q. When you say Concrete Counter tops, is this the bag stuff sold at Lowes or Home Depot?
A. Definitely not! We use our own mix design with special ingredients making it really dense. We also add glass fibers and polymers to increase flexural and tensile strength.
A common misconception is that concrete counter tops are easy to produce, and that anyone can do it in a weekend after visiting the local hardware store. TV shows like Yard Crashers, Bath Crashers and even House Crashers sometimes are sometimes making it look too simple and are giving this trade a bad reputation. On these shows you may see them use a bagged mix, throw in a little water and waalaa you have a concrete sink or countertop. This is the magic of television. What really happens is a well constructed form us usually made with great attention to detail as you have to think mirror image and reversed. When you construct a mold you are essentially building what is not in the countertop.  Also our mix is made of ultra-fine sands, fly ash, slag cement, pozzolans and other admixes that create a concrete which is very dense, less porous, and super strong. In most case for an ultra fine finish we spray our concrete into the mold.

Q. Is Concrete heavier than Granite?
A. They weigh about the same [source: BobVila.com]. At 1.5 inches (3.81 centimeters) thick, a square foot of concrete and a square foot of granite both weigh in the area of 20 pounds per square foot [sources: Brimo-Cox, NSI]. If your cabinets can support granite, they’ll probably survive concrete just fine.

Q. Which is stronger…Concrete or Granite?
A. On the hardness scale, Granite is a 8 and Concrete is a 7 so its pretty darn hard.

Q. How do I clean my concrete sink or counter top?
A. We recommend a simple solution of dish soap and water in a small spritz bottle. We do not recommend abrasive cleaners such as comet or SOS pads. Products high in acidity, such as fruit juice, wine, lemon juice, and vinegar, can etch the surface, while oils can stain the surface, if left in contact for extended periods. Care should be taken to promptly rinse the surface of these substances. I like to use Rock Doctors granite cleaner and polish. This can be picked up at Lowes.

Q. Will my concrete counter or sink stain?
A. Concrete is a natural material composed of sand, stone and cement, and like many other natural stones, it is porous. To protect the surface, your product has been  sealed with the highest quality penetrating sealer available, making it a very stain resistant product. We suggest you wipe up anything that may stain, promptly

Q. Will my concrete crack?
A. There are two kinds of concrete, the kind that cracks, and the kind that has not cracked yet. It is highly unlikely your concrete will crack, but that’s not to say hairline cracks will not happen. With most solid surfaces like marble, granite , and limestone, there can always be a chance of cracking. We do not guarantee our products will not crack, but we do guarantee our product to maintain structural integrity if a hairline crack does occur.

Q. Can I use my concrete counter top as a cutting board?
A. This is not recommended as it could result in scratches and gouges in the finish of your counter as well as harm the blades of your knives.

Q. Can I put a hot pan on my concrete counter?
A. Yes you can put a hot pan on concrete. However, if its TOO HOT, yes you can burn the surface. What you would actually be burning is the topical sealer finish that is usually applied. If you deal with really hot pots or pans and want to protect the beauty of your counter tops, use a hot pad.