Countertop made of concrete looks fundamental, but it is too heavy to buy it ready made and then delivered. It is optimal to do it locally. If you approach the task with an understanding of the process, the countertop is quite possible to pour with his own hands no less effectively than is done in production.
- any moisture-proof sheet material;
- plastic corner for skirting;
- the duct tape;
- reinforcing mesh;
- dry concrete mix with fiber;
- penetrating waterproofing for concrete;
- self-tapping screws.
The process of making countertops
Table or kitchen modules, which are manufactured countertops are set in place and aligned with the level. After that, they need to securely mount the base under the countertop. On it will be poured concrete, and planking is fastened. The base can be made from plywood, flat slate or other sheet material.
Around the base is screwed onto the formwork of the plastic bracket to the appropriate height.
If the countertop you plan to install an inset sink or the stove under the window is ready immediately and also fringes the corners, because then you can cut the concrete will be too difficult.
In the corners of the shuttering connected with reinforcing tape, all joints are glued with sealant.
The basis is laid the reinforcing mesh.
It must be lifted, so that it was located in the center of the concrete mass.
Then preparing the concrete. You need to use a prepared dry mixture of fiber and plasticizers, which according to instructions is of the required height of the fill.
The concrete is mixed with water and poured to the level the formwork, then smoothed.
On the sides it is necessary to try to settle for that, the corners can be applied vibratory grinding machine. As soon as the concrete slightly prihvatyvaya, it is necessary to align the weatherstrip to the ideal.
On the second day removed the formwork, and opened potholes smeared fresh concrete. The upper part of the countertop is polished with the abrasive at first large, then smaller. Need to achieve mirror smooth.
On the third day to finish the sanding on the edges where it was smeared the ruts, and to shoot edge. Then the countertop is handled by penetrating clear waterproofing.
Are commercially available specialized impregnation especially for countertops, which after hardening can contact with food products.
If you use a high quality dry concrete mix with fiber and then Polish the countertop, hand made, looks better than factory, it will cost much cheaper, and guaranteed perfect in size. The main thing is not to make it too thin, so it didn’t break.