+ What are some features and benifits of concrete countertops?

Our concrete countertops are extremely stain resistant and easy to use, with no worries about food stains. Concrete is so durable, even the ancient Roman aqueducts are still standing. Concrete is unique and personalizable. It can be customized to fit your style and can really tie together your design with color matching and custom inlays and design. Because it is hand crafted and personalized to your unique liking, you will feel an intimate emotional connection with your new countertops.

+ How much do your countertops cost?

Our concrete countertops are a custom hand crafted material and are therefore priced accordingly. The cost depends on square footage, type of sink, backsplashes, edging and so on. Concrete is not a low cost alternative to other countertops. The made from scratch by hand process is very labor intensive. Because they are made completely from scratch custom and personalized for you, they can be considered a luxury item and are really the highest-end possible countertop. Please contact us for a complimentary estimate for your project.

+ I've heard your countertops stain and require a lot of maintenance?

All of our concrete products are sealed with what we feel to be the best available products on the market. Concrete countertops actually behave similar to granite in regard to staining and maintenance. Granite is porous and has to be sealed and maintained. Most people don’t realize this because granite is usually too dark and patterned to show stains. Sealing countertops is like waxing your car. If you follow a few simple maintenance steps and through common sense kitchen cleanup, your countertops will stay in tip top shape for a lifetime.

+ Will my countertops crack or chip

Your countertop is not likely to chip unless you take a hammer to it. It is possible to get little chips on edges or corners if you drop something heavy right on the edge of the countertop. Chips in concrete can be repaired. Properly made concrete countertops will not develop structural cracks. In fact, my countertops are warranted against it. Concrete is an interesting material. The stresses inside the concrete actually result in tiny microcracks. I use special fibers in my concrete mix to form a matrix that almost always prevents the microcracks from reaching the surface. It’s possible that a hairline crack still develops, though. This is purely cosmetic – just part of the natural, hand made character of concrete countertops.

+ Do you follow any industry standards?

In short, there are no industry standards. Duncan was trained and certified by the Concrete Countertop Institute whose mission is to raise the industry standard for concrete countertops. We follow guidelines put forth by the Concrete Countertop Institute that embodies fine craftsmanship, attention to detail and professional expertise.

+ Is concrete a green product?

Absolutely, we strive to create beautiful, functional art that creates as little environmental impact as possible. To learn more about our passion for green building please visit our environment page.

+ How does concrete compare to granite?

Concrete is very similar to granite in terms of physical properties. It’s a hard, durable countertop surface, and it weighs about the same as granite. It is template and installed just like granite. It’s very practical in the kitchen. The main difference is the look. Concrete has a more natural, matte look, and it is completely customizable. It really fills a void in countertop looks.

+ Can I cut on concrete?

Like most countertop surfaces we recommend that a cutting board be used on the countertop to avoid dulling your knives and scratching the surface of concrete. And while our concrete surfaces are impervious to heat, we also recommend the use of a trivet for hot pans.

+ Will there be seams?

Like most countertop surfaces we recommend that a cutting board be used on the countertop to avoid dulling your knives and scratching the surface of concrete. And while our concrete surfaces are impervious to heat, we also recommend the use of a trivet for hot pans.