I'm going to be remodeling 2 kitchens in a duplex I own. I've never done concrete tops, but would like to try it on one of my own houses first. Is there anything I should know before starting? What is involved in upkeep with them? Good idea or bad?
Depends on the mix and if fiber is added. I have a table top thats only about 3/8" thick with no issues.You have to decide if you are going to pre-cast or pour in place. I prefer pre-cast. Your form work needs to be precise. If its in the form, it will be in your top. For your first couple pours, try the Cheng admix. It's fairly inexpensive and uses stock bag mix. It will get you started. if you like it, start experimenting with your own recipe. There is a lot of info out there on good mixes with high psi and flexural strength. Don't go thinner than 1-1/2".
I totally agree you can do thinner, but for a first top, I wouldn't recommend it. I love that fire top Dan! Very cool!Dan_Watson said:Depends on the mix and if fiber is added. I have a table top thats only about 3/8" thick with no issues.
I made a table for a competition that was also no more than 3/8". Left outside for years, it was good until a tree fell on it....
Gotchya.I totally agree you can do thinner, but for a first top, I wouldn't recommend it. I love that fire top Dan! Very cool!
I agree.For the ultimate easy vanity top, plan on a vessel sink. The only two things you will need to form in place will be the faucet hole and the vessel drain hole.