Recycled Glass Countertops Vs Granite

When people think granite, they think quality and status. Granite countertops are in most home remodels. They come in a variety of beautiful colors that only can be produced naturally. Granite is quarried from around the world, Brazilian Blue, Italian Gold, Norwegian Black, and even Pakistan. Concrete countertops are fabricated in numerous ways. The materials generally consist of Portland Cement consisting essentially of hydraulic calcium silicates. Concrete has become one of the most versatile construction materials available in the world. With its 100-year service life, concrete conserves resources by reducing the need for reconstruction. Its ingredients are cement and readily available natural materials: water, aggregate (sand and gravel or crushed stone). Concrete does not require any CO2 absorbing trees to be cut down. Granite is found and retrieved from mountain sides around the world. Granitic intrusions are discovered along mountain sides and removed. Dynamite blasting and chiseling is performed to remove this natural beauty. Since concrete is used for majority of the construction in the world. It has a much larger carbon foot print. Concrete is a more redely material. Concrete recycling is an increasingly common method of disposing of concrete structures. Concrete debris was once routinely shipped to landfills for disposal, but recycling is increasing due to improved environmental awareness, governmental laws, and economic benefits. Concrete can also have post consumer waste mixed with it like recycled glass, metal, plastic and more. This reduces its Carbon foot print.
Granite countertop slabs are shipped around the world. A fabricator will take this piece of a mountain side and polish it. This skill of polishing stone to a fine shine, has been performed since the 1800’s. Skilled workers developed this skill in Dalbeattie, United Kingdom. Due to lack of resources, they migrated to Rhode Island, U.S. The water required to polish concrete or granite works of art is similar. The appearance of both depends on this factor. Granite is cut, polished and edge profiled with water. Concrete is mixed and poured into a mold. A mold is made of a laminate, a surface that will duplicate the smoothness and texture on to the finished countertop. Edge profiles, details and accessories, such as trivets, cutting boards, wash boards, sinks and more are also represented in this mold. So your molds smoothness, features and design determine the final product. The finish of a no- polish concrete countertop is smooth and natural. Grinding and polishing granite and concrete, achieve a glass finish look. Water required to accomplish this finish is in the gallons. Most fabricators recycle and catch this water, and re- use it. Run off water is reduced.
Granite and concrete edge profiles are available. Edge profiles are pretty standard with granite. Concrete has a big advantage in this design aspect. The only way to achieve these profiles in granite is to hand carve these details. Sink integration is also possible with concrete. Inlays like sports memorabilia, glass, soap dishes, coins, toys, bottle openers, or anything you can imagine. Can be placed in these hand made countertops.
Concrete and colors are available in many colors. Concrete is mixed with coloring pigments or stained. These pigments and stains can be mixed to achieve any look. A mixture of water, salts, and acid is applied to the concrete surface and later neutralized by a basic solution of ammonia and water or baking soda.This chemical reaction with the existing minerals (primarily lime) in the concrete creates new colors on the concrete surface. Acid staining creates a variegated or mottled appearance that is unique to each countertop.These are both environmentally safe.
Concrete and granite both stain and are pourous material. Both require a sealer. Sealers are choosen due to its scratch, heat, stain, life, as well as (matte, gloss, high gloss) finish. Both concrete and granite. When properly sealed can repel vinegar, wine, citrus juices, oils, hot pans. Sometime epoxy polyurethane sealers are used. These sealers create some what of a force field from these house hold items. Low V.O.C ( volatile organic compounds) formulas or zero V.O.C sealers are used.
There is different forms of concrete. One of them is (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) G.F.R.C. This material was recognized by the Russians in the 1940’s. This material has a very high tensile strength. It is stronger then steel by weight. It is more then 50% lighter then Granite, and traditional concrete. The material has all the same advantage of standard concrete. G.F.R.C allows large sections of countertops to be produced. These sections can be up to 20 feet long. With the weight being reduced. Less fatigue occurs to cabinetry. In the late 70’s a structure

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