Concrete doesn't always have to be ultra modern or industrial! We can make concrete in many ways using different edge details like the one pictured below. There are so many different possibilities and this is just one of the reasons high quality is such a good material to work with.
Be on trend with our new turquoise concrete!! We love it, there will be various tones available - watch out for more colours coming soon!
At the beginning of July we delivered 78 large format tiles for Claremont who are fitting out for Everton FC on the 7th floor of the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool. This was a challenge on many levels considering the 38 sq/m total required and each tile weighed 17kg! Only made possible by using Trinic's admixtures which we were very pleased with, the concrete ended up being extremely dense and strong, we are now are looking to use in more of our products.
It’s easy to understand why a lot of people see concrete as a cheap low value material, this is true if a basic mix is used with very little labour involved. Concrete mixes can be designed in many different ways, we use a proven proprietory GFRC mix which uses unique admixtures. This is a very important factor when a high quality durable finish is required but equally important is the fabricators skill level.
When creating concrete surfaces for kitchens or dining tables it’s vital to have a quality moulding process, mix design, casting process, polishing process and sealing process to create a beautiful, durable and stain resistant surface.
It takes a great deal of skill along with the best tools and hardware to get there.
There will always be a need for low labour, less refined concrete surfaces that will cost a lot less as long as the client is aware of its limitations.
How are concrete worktops/slabs made?
All of our GFRC slabs are precast in our shop and fully finished and sealed prior to installation/delivery.
There are 2 methods of precasting: wet cast and glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC). Wet cast uses a more traditional concrete mix of sand, aggregate and cement poured into forms.
GFRC uses a superior mix design and requires a different set of tools and skills. We are able to maximise the strength & integrity of our concrete using GFRC to reach the highest standards.
GFRC is concrete that is structurally reinforced with a large loading of alkali-resistant glass fibres instead of with steel. It is built up in 2 stages: a thin “mist coat” that is sprayed into the forms followed by layers of a very fibrous “backer coat”. GFRC is extremely strong, flexible and light compared to wet cast concrete and we use this from our high-end worktops to simple shelves.
Will concrete worktops stain?
Bare concrete is very porous and will readily stain. Virtually all concrete worktops are sealed to prevent staining; however the degree to which they work varies significantly and will be reflected in the price. Commonly used sealers include wax, penetrating acrylic sealers and impregnators. All of these are inexpensive and easy to apply. However, neither offer significant stain or heat resistance, and most require frequent re-application to prevent the formation of a "patina".
Woven Stone's sealer is different and requires skill to apply. We use the latest high-performance 2 part reactive polyurethane sealer developed in the U.S. and is applied at least 5 times over the course of 2 days. It is exceptionally durable and provides excellent resistance to incidental contact with staining agents such as red wine, lemon juice and olive oil and still retains concrete's appealing texture. Complete care instructions are included in the Owner's Guide available on request.
This custom concrete fireplace uses a bioethanol firebox insert to create a wonderful ribbon of fire which is so easy to light and no flue is required so you can install it anywhere! This fire easily heats the 8 x 5 mtr room and bioethanol is also a renewable environmentally friendly fuel. We can make this fire in a number of colours and sizes - please get in touch. We are happy to take your room dimensions and produce a drawing to see how the fire would look.
We recently supplied the concrete units for this amazing commercial project organised and fitted out by BA Joinery - its an amazing space!
We designed this concrete dining table early last year with a customer on Etsy, it has proved to be a popular addition to our portfolio. Click here to view on Etsy.