As concrete countertops become more mainstream, many professionals as well as DIYers are seeking a better alternative to the “mix your own” formulations and are choosing to go with more proven, consistent pre-packages concrete countertop mixes. While some mixes require special liquid polymer additives the more advanced mixes only require water, and will provide a smooth flowable consistency that will cure rock hard.
The manufacturing process of a concrete countertop can entail many different details and processes. Today, it’s nice to know that even if you haven’t developed a prefect consistent mix formula of your own, enCOUNTER® concrete countertop mix will provide a pre-packaged formula that is guaranteed to work time after time. So now you can focus on your creative elements, coloration and other details far more exciting than making a concrete mix.
A prepackaged bag of concrete countertop mix will yield a very specific amount of material and will deliver consistent results with little fuss. Each countertop, once cured will provide high strength, non-shrinking, and aesthetically appealing finish that is ready to be polished or sealed as a finished product.
You might ask what makes for a premium concrete countertop mix vs. a bag of high strength 5000psi concrete?High-Performance Concrete Mixes
Concrete from your local hardware store will provide a rock hard surface, but lets consider how the countertop will be used. High strength concrete will work in pours of 3-6 inches thick and will be ideal for sidewalks and patios, but a countertop needs a few characteristics that make it more of a functional and designer piece of work.
Concrete countertops should be high strength, and be rated to 7000 psi or greater, have little to no cracking due to shrinkage, offer a quality product that has a lighter weight than typical concrete, cures faster for quicker installs, and be strong even though the actual slab is as thin as 1-2 inches.
enCOUNTER® concrete countertop mix is a blend of limestone, aggregates, cement and high performance admixtures that improve flowability, increase strength, minimize shrinkage and cracking while delivering a product that reaches 8000 psi in strength after a full cure period.
Coloration for concrete countertops can be achieved with integral coloration, surface dyes and/or concrete stains. By combining different coloration techniques you can achieve virtually limitless colors and hues.