Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the questions most clients have when considering concrete for their project. If you have a question that is not listed below, please do not hesitate to contact us.

About GFRC

GFR Concrete is a specialized form of concrete that is highly fiber reinforced. It uses fine quartz sand, White Highest Strength cement, acrylic polymer, water, other admixtures and alkali-resistant glass fibers. GFRC has high bending and compressive strength, allowing for thin, strong and lightweight concrete pieces.

Why Concrete?

Because of its versatility, its fresh new look and eco-friendly manufacturing process. Each piece is handmade and an art work in its own sense. Concrete is limitless in its design ability, no curve is to sharp, no shape too complex. Concrete can be tailored to fit your style. From commercial application, to a country cottage, to a sleek modern loft, it.s a cutting edge material that stops everyone in their tracks and causes them to ask: Is that really concrete? Choose to buy local, cut out the middle man and support an entrepreneur.

Can I put hot pots & pans on my counter?

No, although concrete is heat-resistant it can still be subject to thermal shock if a red-hot object is placed directly on it. The biggest concern with heat is that it can damage the protective sealant on the concrete leaving it vulnerable to scratches and stains. Trivets can be integrated into a countertop to create a safe spot to put hot pots and pans.

Can I cut directly on the counter?

No, like most counters cutting on the counter surface is not recommended as it will compromise the sealant and leave the surface vulnerable to stains and scratches. Instead, use a cutting board or consider an integrated butchers block.

Can concrete be used for outdoor application?

Yes. Concrete is ideal for outdoor application including countertops, water features, seating, and decorative details.

What are the advantages of concrete countertops over marble or granite?

Concrete has 2 huge advantages over natural stone materials: flexibility of form and that it is completely customizable.

How does concrete compare to granite or marble in terms of cost?

Concrete is competitive in price with high end granite, marble, and other engineered materials. When designing your piece we are eager to work with you on customizing your piece without blowing your budget.

Can the concrete ever crack?

Yes, hairline cracks may appear but do not affect the structural integrity of the piece. Hairline cracks are an inherent characteristic of concrete, and although they may be patched they are typically left visible since they lend character to the look of the piece.

Can concrete stain?

All of the pieces that leave the workshop are treated with a sealant making the concrete water and stain resistant. Countertops are additionally sealed with a layer of food grade Beeswax, allowing for some extra time when cleaning up spills. When caring for you piece watch out for acids such as red wine, vinegar, and lemon juice which can etch the surface of your piece.

How is the Renovatio Design Concrete Different From Traditional Concrete?

Our mix design consists of high strength glass fibre embedded in a cementations matrix. This type of concrete can outlasts traditional concrete, cultured stone, and even some natural stones.

How can I personalize my concrete countertops?

Concrete countertops allow you to create colors and finishes not possible with other countertop materials. Using custom-mixed integral pigments, some concrete countertop makers can even match a specific paint color or fabric swatch. Finishes can range from rustic, such as a board-formed look, to smooth with marble-like veining.
And that’s just the beginning. Other ways you can personalize your concrete countertops include:

  • Adding built-ins, such as trivets and drainboards.
  • Using unique edge details.
  • Embedding personal mementos such as seashells, coins, pieces of glass, old dishware and bits of metal.
  • Giving it a unique, freeform shape.

Why Choose GFRC?

  1. Stain Resistant
  2. Heat Resistant
  3. Low Maintenance
  4. Unlimited Colours
  5. Personalisable
  6. Unique

What Level Of Care And Maintenance Is Required With Renovatio Design Products

A topical sealer or coating is a covering that is applied to the surface of the concrete. They are applied (topical sealer/coating) to improve the surface properties of the concrete such as appearance, wettability, acid resistance, wear resistance, and scratch resistance.
Our veneers will be delivered unsealed, depending on the application and location you may choose to seal your veneers. Please be aware that some sealers will enhance the color while others will not, there is also different sheens to be aware of. Always perform a test on a small section to ensure the results you want. If you do choose to seal them yourself please follow the care and maintenance guidelines provided by the sealer manufacturer.
If your product has been delivered to you sealed (most of our furniture, countertops, vanities, etc) please follow the following care and maintenance guidelines. The best care you can give your concrete is preventative care
If you are unsure if your Renovatio Design product has been sealed or not please contact us.

What should I use to clean it?

When cleaning your concrete always think simple. Use only plain soap or mild dish soap, a terry towel and warm water. Natural non-abrasive cleaners are also an option; however most “green” products contain vinegar which can be harmful to the concrete’s sealer so make sure to read the ingredients before trying out a new product. Stay clear from cleaners like Ajax, Windex, and any other chloride products

What to avoid.

All of the pieces that leave the workshop are treated with a sealant making the concrete water and stain resistant. However, stain resistant does not mean stain proof. The sealer is meant to give you time to remove a potential staining agent from the surface. When caring for you piece watch out for acids such as red wine, vinegar, perfume, hair products, and lemon juice which can etch the surface of your piece if left for an extended period of time. Clean up all spills. For the objects you plan to have on your piece permanently like coffee machines and soap pumps/dishes, we recommend placing foot pads underneath it. This will prevent it from causing scratches/scuffing overtime as well as allow air to pass underneath so if there is a spill left behind it will be able to dry up. Do not scratch or cut the coating as it will leave the concrete underneath vulnerable to staining. Do not place hot items (such as pots or curling irons) directly on the concrete as it could compromise the sealer.

What can I do to help maintain the finish?

Routine upkeep will result in a long life for your piece.
Repairs/refinishing can be done at an hourly rate. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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