Pourable cast concrete has always been an “I do it my way” kind of industry, until today. With our new pre-blended, fiber-enhanced pourable concrete bag mixes, we take the guesswork and trial and error out of your decorative cast pieces. Whether you’re interested in product concrete casting your kitchen countertop or maybe even making your wall sconces, we have a product that will make your job as easy as mold, pour, de-mold.
For those looking to cast m their pieces, we provide our XS Precast and XS Terrazzo products mix lines. XS Precast is probably the most versatile pre-blended high concrete casting mix on the market today and will easily help you create any project you can imagine. The XS Terrazzo product line is nearly identical to the XS Precast, with the very large exception of being able to load in up to 80 lbs of your choice of aggregate.
For a more traditional casting approach, we’ve designed our XS Cast-in-Place bag mix to help those looking to cast pieces the way they are used to doing it, but with the added strength and workability provided by our Xtreme Series formulas.
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Learn How do you make Surecrete’s Concrete Counter Top Mixes work?
Step 1: Choosing a concrete countertop mix design
Whether you are a seasoned contractor or a Do It Yourself (DIY) there is no smarter or easier mix on the market than SureCrete’s Xtreme Series Pre-Casting countertop bag mix. The small aggregate allows for the user to easily create any texture or look without worrying about exposing unwanted large aggregates like floor concrete. The pre-blended high mixes fiber put in the 50 lb mix delivers all the reinforcement you will need. That means no rebar, no steal, and no wire mesh. This allows the applicator to pour his concrete countertop as thin as 0.75 inches’s making the typical 1.5” concrete counter top weight in half!
Step 2: Selecting your casting surface for your countertop mix
Since concrete can read the surface of what it is cast on, and the small aggregate in the Xtreme Series mix reads 5 times better, choosing the right casting surface is essential. For most areas, products such as melamine, Formica, and expanded PVC and other ultra smooth surfaces are available at home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowes. If you are casting multiple pieces and you want to have a surface that is reusable, sheets of acrylic are a popular choice. The proper thickness of the casting surface is generally 0.50” – 0.75”. Thinner casting decks can bow and create unneeded imperfections in your casting surface.
Step 3: Choosing your forming system for your counter top mix for you countertop kitchen design:
Once you have selected your casting surface it is time to form up your edge profiles. The use of melamine and wood are commonly used. Attention to detail is essential to keep a uniform edge. Once side rails are cut and affixed to the casting surface you will need to use an acrylic or silicone caulk to smooth out the seam from the edge to the casting surface. We suggest using a colored caulk so that you can easily see any unwanted residue on your casting surface, therefore ensuring it stays clean. Depending on the caulk you will need to wait for 1hr-12hr’s for it to cure before you can pour your countertop. Just add a little water to make our mix thinner and flow easier.
SureCrete offers the fastest and easiest forming system on the market. This system is a bendable foam forming edge that comes in 4′ lengths and is applied to the casting surface with a PSA tape. Each rail is cut to the exact profile edge saving you time and ensuring consistency of look. The PSA Tape is unique due to its double-sided stickiness bonding the foam firmly to the casting surface and not allowing a blowout to occur. It also does not wick moisture, therefore allowing the applicator to remove the need for caulking and the dry time required for that technique.
Step 4: Choosing your color, texture, and design
Since concrete is a blank canvas waiting for you to bring it to life, your design ability is limitless just like concrete floors. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help guide you in your decision. What color do I want for the base of my design? Do you want a secondary color such as concrete stain? Do you want a smooth surface or a textured surface for your kitchen countertop? Do you want to have a “GREEN” countertop and go polished terrazzo? Would you like the colors to be marbled? Do you want natural veins accenting your countertop helping it look like you cut it out of Mother Nature? The answer to these questions will allow you to create your one of a kind concrete countertop color masterpiece!
Step 5: Finishing proper de-mold time and storage of your concrete countertop
Here are some principles to consider on when to de-mold your precast concrete counter top. The Xtreme Series technology is a chemical cure rather than a typical hydration cure of concrete. This means 6-8 hours after you pour your concrete mix, you can technically de-mold the piece. Xtreme Series PreCasting bag mix is a high early strength pourable concrete mix that at 24 hours hits over 7,000 PSI.
When thinking about your design, consider if you have high detail such as a texture, edge detail profile or a veining technique. The detail may need longer to cure if it is intricate in nature or if you choose to the vein, the veining material has a totally different cure rate. In that case, SureCrete suggests 12-16 hours before de-mold.
Xtreme Series Pre-Casting bag mix is a fast controlled cure if left in the mold for longer than 16 hours it may be wise to cover it with plastic as to control the air flow causing the open back side to accelerate faster than the bottom which has not seen air yet.
Why choose Xtreme Series Precast for your Countertops?
Cement countertop mix provides the owner with the ability to express themselves through designs, colors, and textures. Doing so ensures that they own a one of a kind kitchen and bathroom countertop surface for their home, office or outdoor kitchen.
For many contractors and Do-It-Your-Self (DIY), Concrete has been considered a difficult choice for use in cement countertops. The reason has to do with the time it takes to create the piece, knowledge needed to properly form, pour and reinforce the concrete countertop mix and how to seal and protect their creation.
SureCrete, a leader in Decorative and Specialty concrete products, has made a breakthrough once again, with the Xtreme Series Pre-Casting Bag Mix for the Concrete Countertop industry. What is this technology? The Xtreme Series technology is a hybrid fiber reinforced concrete countertop mix. This means that the skill set of the person looking to fabricate their own concrete countertop, shower panel, vessel sink or fireplace is not required to have years of experience. Knowledge of how to mix the concrete countertop material is ZERO, the key ingredients are preblended in a 50 lb bag for you to use immediately. The time, money and expertise in properly reinforcing your concrete counter top with steel, wire mesh or rebar are ZERO.
The Xtreme Series bag mix design incorporates PVA, Glass AR and Nanofibers that give the fabricator all the reinforcement they need without ever thinking about it. Another feature of the Xtreme Series Pre-Casting mix is that it has NO polymers and NO acrylics in its formula. Why is this important? For most of the country, they deal with temperature swings, humidity and freezing during delivery of the material. All of these factors affect how a typical countertop mix performs. If your shop is 50 degrees or 85 degrees, this can cause the polymers and acrylics to act differently which can cause inconsistencies in color, workability and pinholes for most concrete countertop mixes. The Xtreme Series technology has simplified and provided solutions to these very obstacles that contractors have experienced with their current concrete countertop mix. Finishing your tops with one of our countertop sealers to protect them for years to come.