Concrete Countertops Information

Concrete Countertops offer a nearly unlimited choice of color, shapes, sizes, finishes and other options. 


Color:

Rock Elements follows the Benjamin Moore paint code for identifying colors of concrete. Any color concrete is possible and multiple colors are an available option. Many times clients wish to go with a single color and then add a small splash of a second color to give added life to the piece. The client just has to specify which color or colors they would like and give the corresponding Benjamin Moore paint name or code.


Shapes and Sizes:

Concrete can be made into any shape with different edge profiles. Complex curved lines are not a problem to build. Countertops can be made in many thickness beginning at one inch. The limiting factors in thickness are the strength of cabinets and the ability to move heavy pieces into position. Rock Elements has constructed and installed pieces that weigh approximately 600 pounds. Most well constructed cabinets can handle concrete countertops which are two inches thick. Concrete weighs about 145 pounds per cubic foot.


Finishes:

Concrete can be made to have a variety of finishes. It can be unpolished which is the look as it comes straight from the form. The unpolished concrete is very smooth and is used when the client wishes the concrete to develop a patina at an accelerated rate. The patina is the look the concrete will gain as it ages. The other option is a polished concrete countertop, which is available with a light polish or heavy polish. A light polish will show the fine aggregates in the concrete mix while the heavy polish will show more of the larger stones. Rock Elements uses a colored stone mix to create a beautiful polished piece. Polishing the concrete makes the concrete more resistant to stains, slows the development of a patina, and creates a higher gloss surface in comparison to the slightly more matte appearance of the unpolished concrete. There are two different sealers which can than be applied to concrete. The first is a penetrating sealer which soaks into the concrete and provides a resistant barrier and the second is lacquer sealer which stays on top of the concrete and forms a thicker barrier. A penetrating sealer allows the client to still touch the concrete where the lacquer sealer does not allow the client to touch the concrete because of the barrier it forms. Rock Elements recommends using the penetrating sealer for most applications because of the protection, look, and feel it provides.


Further Options:

Rock Elements provides many other options for the countertops which extend to integral sinks, drain boards, inlays and much more. Rock Elements can also custom design other elements in the kitchen or bath such as islands, tables, and wall panels to clad walls or cabinets. There is no limit to what is possible. 

When beginning a building project please contact Rock Elements to see what ideas are possible for your application.