Verdicrete: A Note From the Owner
Engineered concrete countertops offer a look that is unique and in demand by top professionals, architects, and interior designers.
This classic material is frequently sourced for commercial bar tops, residential kitchens, and outdoor installations.
Large shapes and sizes can be constructed without seams. Field joints are rarely necessary.
Verdicrete countertops are stain-resistant and require just periodic maintenance.
Multiple applications of sealer are added to the concrete. There is no "topical coating" to create a barrier to the hands-on experience of owning concrete. We also rely on occasional coats of Beeswax to help prevent the concrete from absorbing liquids or oils into the surface.
THINGS TO KNOW:
Brooks Custom's concrete countertops are stain-resistant, not stain-proof. With regular oiling, concrete maintains a charming (but not pristine) appearance, and may slowly develop a "pattern of use." This is the intended look.
Concrete countertops come ready for light use at installation. There is a break-in, or “seasoning” period, for brand new concrete. You should plan to be gentle on the surface for the first few weeks, as the concrete is still curing and hardening to maximum durability.
During the curing period, you may see foggy or whitish areas (mineral efflorescence) on the surface.
Prolonged contact with water will usually bring this out at first. The effect is not permanent. These areas may be removed using diluted vinegar (or Lime-A-Way) and a bit of light scrubbing.
To determine if concrete is the right material for you or your clients, we encourage you to request a sample in order to get a hands-on experience of how concrete behaves and fits into your lifestyle.
We are constantly evolving and improving our concrete formulas to make them strong and durable. As a result, it is important when you order concrete to confirm that the sample from which you are ordering is up to date and current.
Our current formula, which has a honed, sealed and oiled finish, is our most durable to date.
Occasionally, some older samples may be found in kitchen showrooms and in architect's offices. Before moving ahead with your order, it’s a good idea to verify that your samples are up-to-date to avoid any confusion.
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
Perhaps the most common error in caring for fresh concrete is over-oiling. Applying too much oil to the countertop may cause a visible build-up. While regular oiling is recommended, only a small amount is needed to maintain the concrete countertops.
The real trick is to buff all the excess oil off of the surface.
Highly acidic substances left in a puddle on your concrete will react with the countertop and leave a rough patch if untreated. It’s best to wipe up any large spills as soon as possible. Anything that would harm marble or granite may hurt concrete as well. These areas may be re-smoothed using "wet or dry" sandpapers.
I hope you enjoy your new concrete countertops as much as I do. I have them in my own home. We are continually working on improving concrete performance and developing new simple ways of maintaining it. We want you to get the most enjoyment from this charming, low-maintenance material.
Thank you for your business.