One of the first things on people’s minds is usually how much will this cost? While most people have a good idea about the cost involved, there are many that think concrete is concrete whether it is on you counter or made for a sidewalk. This is further from the truth than most seem to realize. Most outdoor concrete is low quality concrete just strong enough to hold itself together and is usually sitting directly on the ground for support. It also takes 28 days to cure to reach maximum strength. It is also made in mass quantities in large mixing trucks at a plant. They deal in yards of concrete ( 1m x 1m x1m). As I will discuss later, our concrete is much stronger, denser, and superior to this type of concrete.
Concrete is a solid surface similar in cost to Corian, Quartz and mid range granites. It isn’t a cheap replacement for plastic laminate or tile counters. If you thought it was, you can stop right here. Where granite and other solid surfaces are a slab with the counter is cut from, concrete is formed and poured, processed and sealed. It is more labor intensive than other surfaces. But the waste is less since it isn’t being cut from a slab. It is also greener or eco-friendly as all the main ingredients are local and not shipped from Italy, China or South America.
We keep our pricing simple. Cost is based on a square foot price for the surface and edges, with additional pricing for sinks, seams, inlays and color. As well as pricing for delivery and install. The square foot pricing ranges from 75.00 a square foot up to 120.00 a square foot depending on if you want aggregates or glass exposed, or a rustic stain look to enhance the rustic look in your home. Sink pricing depends on a number of factors like how the sink will be mounted. If the sink is top mounted then a basic hole is required. If the sink is under mounted then the edge of that hole requires processing. Integral vanity sinks are formed into the top and also vary in price depending either that we have a mold in stock, have to order one in or have to create a custom mold to suit. Custom sinks range from 600.00 up to 1000.00.
The artistic element. The fun thing with concrete is that you can have fun with the design and make it your own. Adding embellishments such as geodes, ammonites, glass, metal, plastic, glow stone or fiber optics personalizes your tops to make them truly one of a kind. Staining with acid stain, acrylic water based or soy based stain can also give the concrete individual creative looks. Pricing these are based on the hours and complexity of the piece.
Another factor in pricing is the design of the piece. Elements like Water fall ends, overhangs, back splashes, cutting boards, drain boards, waste holes, clear spans and soap dishes all add to the costs. Three dimensional pieces require a different level of forming and placing of concrete and add substantially to the cost but are impressive when done. Making a seamless three dimensional piece is where concrete shines and other solid surfaces fall short.
The final factor is delivery and install. We base our delivery on the largest piece and how much man power is required to deliver and install that piece. Other factors are where the concrete is going. Do you live two hours away? Is the concrete going to the third floor of your house? Will a crane be required or the removal of a window or door to get the piece in to your home.