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jacquelinewarren660 wrote:
Concrete - I want to put concrete counters on my outside counters. They are in direct sunlight. What should I ask when looking for someone to do them. Is precast okay? I don't want seems.
   Comment   April 3, 2014
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Hello jacquelinewarren660,

Precast is the way to go for the best quality concrete. In a shop we can control the environment from start to finish.

This does limit your size without seams. Our largest casting table is 5' x 12'. Custom casting surfaces can be made but that will up the cost.

High quality cast in place concrete can be made but you will be limited to either a troweled or ground/polished finish.

The concrete in your home's foundation is around 3,000 to 3,500 psi. This is "Pounds Per Square Inch" before failure. A professional concrete fabricator should have no problem providing you with a concrete mix that is in the 10K to 15K psi range. Our current standard mix should come back from testing at over 20K psi.
The denser concrete will weather the elements better.

Ask about the sealers they use. You do not want a coating type sealer outside. A high quality penetrating sealer will not white out and can not delaminate.

Natural earth pigments are the most stable with sun/UV exposure. Man made oxides are very UV resistant. Topical stains including acid, water, and solvent based can be very resistant. Dyes are generally susceptible to fading but technology is getting better.
Any professional shop in the US will know where to source pigments and can color match to Benjamin Moore's standard palette if needed.

Also ask about reinforcement. Most shops today will use some form of fiber reinforcement. It is vastly superior to metal reinforcement though there are still a few shops that are holding on to the old ways. For a really long unsupported span I may still use some steel depending on the design but it would be a special circumstance. GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete) is the norm but there are other fibers in use also.

Feel free to post back here or contact me if you have any other questions.

Regards,
Vincent Cathcart
VC Studio Inc.
vince@vcstudioinc.com
April 4, 2014 at 11:10AM     
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