Concrete offers many advantages over other surfaces allowing each counter to be a one of a kind creation – made just for you. Concrete can be molded into complex 3 dimensional shapes that cannot be easily manufactured using other materials. Color options are endless and pieces do not need to be laminated together to make thicker edges. This allows the architect, designer, and homeowner a larger degree of freedom in creating inspiring designs.
Over the last several years we have expanded our services to include other material options. We are big fans of incorporating hardwood and steel into our pieces. This allows for custom vanities and furniture pieces from a single source .
How much do your concrete countertops cost?
Our concrete surfaces vary in price from ~$100 per square foot to over $200 per square foot (complex three dimensional pieces and sinks). The minimum project charge is $1000. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to send us details about your project. We are able to give estimates from architectural drawings, or a hand sketch will do for the simple projects. 1 1/2″ thick countertops begin at $95.00 per sq. ft, or 2″ thick at $105 per sq ft, making concrete competitive with many other high end surfaces. Integral concrete sinks can be added in a variety of designs for $200/square foot.
Items such as fireplace surrounds, firepits, and furniture pieces are quoted on a per job basis. Custom firepits have become a very popular item and we find most outdoor firepits price out in the $3000-3500 range.
Why are concrete countertops more expensive than granite?
There is much more handwork involved in creating concrete countertops than there is to manufacture granite countertops. Our concrete products are made from raw materials, as opposed to a slab of stone cut by a CNC machine. We hand build all the needed molds, batch the materials, cast, cure and then process each piece by hand.
Why is concrete more eco-friendly than other countertop options?
They are made right here in Boulder, perhaps only a mile or two from your home. Compare that to a stone quarried out of a hillside on the other side of the planet, put on a ship, then a railroad car, then a tractor-trailer…well, you get the idea.
Will my concrete counters stain or crack?
Our counters are finished with a topical hybrid polyurethane which is made specifically for concrete countertops. It provides a stain-resistant surface with a very natural matte finish. As a topical product it can scratch if sharp items are dropped across it. Moisture trapped under items (coffee makers, soap dispensers, planters, etc) can leave marks over time if not allowed to evaporate.
We have come a long way from the days of poorly sealed concrete counters ending up covered with coffee rings and etch marks. We believe you shouldn’t worry about spilling your wine and staining your countertops. With a little care your concrete counters will be the heart of your kitchen for many years. However, if you are looking for a no maintenance surface that will look like the day it was installed in 5 years, consider one of the mass produced products on the market, artisan concrete may not be for you.
Your concrete countertops can be cleaned with standard household cleaners without an abrasive. (409, Fantastic, Simple Green, Green Works, Soap & Water, etc.) A 1:3 Vinegar:Water mixture is an ideal cleaning solution.
We use a specialized type of concrete called GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete). As the name suggests, it is reinforced with glass fibers instead of steel/rebar. This results in a highly crack resistant material. Structural cracking is virtually non-existent. That said, superficial hairline cracks sometimes occur, often at inside corners. Fire pits are especially susceptible to surface cracks due to the cycling of hot and cold that they undergo. These cracks are non-structural and not considered a defect in the material.
What colors are available with Concrete Countertops?
We have a variety of standard colors to choose from.
We can also match any color in the Benjamin Moore fandeck (>4000 colors!). Custom colors will incur an additional expense. Color and finish samples can be created as needed.
How do I get an estimate?
To receive and estimate we need detailed information regarding your project. You can either send detailed architectural drawings or for simple projects a hand sketch with measurements will do. Please include:
- Overhead drawings with measurements
- Backsplash location and height
- Sink choice and location (under mount, drop-in, apron, concrete)
- Edge detail
- Desired visual thickness
Do you template projects?
ConcretePete templates local projects within 50 miles of our home base in Boulder. If you are outside of this area your contractor or a qualified countertop installer can template and install our products.
When is a template needed?
Items that come in contact with two or more walls: Most construction tolerances will exceed 1/8” producing abnormally wide gaps along the finished edge where the countertops and walls meet. If templating is not performed we will make all items square and this may not allow for proper visual fit. We can manufacture items long and to allow for them to be cut onsite but this does have its limitations.
Items that are not touching walls and need to align with work performed by others. This is usually the case on commercial projects where items are built using architectural drawings. In this scenario we require a template to be manufactured and sent to us, the job site and any other company whose work is touching ours. This is to ensure that all items will properly align when installed in its final location.
What is the lead time?
There are many variables that manipulate delivery times on custom orders. Typically, bathrooms and kitchens 4-6 weeks. Larger projects and highly custom pieces can take 6-8 weeks more . Our delivery times also can vary depending on current production volumes and project size. If you are concerned with delivery times it is best to contact us with your construction schedule to confirm our current delivery schedule.
What is the thickness of your concrete countertops?
Depending on the application our typical countertops have a minimum thickness of 3/4”. All exposed edges will be manufactured to the visual thickness specified (Typically 1.5” or 2” for kitchens). We can also manufacture any desired thickness to fit your visual needs.
How thick are your backsplashes?
We have two standard thicknesses for backsplashes, 3/4″ and 1″. If needed, we can manufacture backsplashes to a specific thickness to accommodate your project. Tile thicknesses vary from ½” to 1″ depending on application and size. If needed, we can manufacture tiles to a specific thickness to accommodate your project.
How long of a piece can you cast?
There are many factors that dictate maximum size. We typically like to keep items below 8’ due to maneuverability issues during production, delivery and installation. However we can cast pieces up to 12′ long if necessary.
When do I need seams?
Seams will vary depending on the kitchen/project layout. If seams are needed we will advise to any placement possibilities so the best visual appearance can be achieved. In most cases, seams get filled with a color matched grout or clear silicone.
Can I cut directly on the concrete?
No. Our concrete surfaces are very durable but we do not recommend cutting directly on them, as it may scratch the concrete and will certainly ruin your knives. We recommend using a cutting board to prevent scratching the surface and dulling your knives.
Is your concrete heat resistant?
Yes, but metal items placed directly onto a burner or over an open flame can exceed 450 degrees, so do not put them directly on your counters. Trivets can be embedded into the concrete as an additional design element.
How much do they weigh?
Our countertops vary in thickness depending on the application. Typical concrete kitchen countertops weigh between 10 – 12 lbs per. sq. ft. Standard cabinets are more than sufficient to support this weight.
How accurate are your colors from job to job?
Our concrete products are hand made using natural materials. These materials vary in shade and cause our finished products to vary from our samples. We have spent years noting and adjusting our process to try to manipulate color hues and have found there will always be a slight shade difference caused by the materials and process used throughout production.
Can you ship?
Yes we can. All products can be packaged and shipped using common carriers. Items are packaged using custom built crates to protect your piece. We can provide packaging and freight quotes upon request. Unless you have access to a loading dock, the delivery is generally curbside via a lift-gate.