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Smooth-On, Inc. Now Manufactures Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products

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Smooth-On, Inc. Now Manufactures Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products

Posted on 06 December 2016 by CRadmin3

buddy-rhodesDelta Performance Products in Covington, GA. announced that it has sold its Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products Division to Smooth-On, Inc. (Macungie, PA) effective December 5, 2016.  Included in the acquisition are the Buddy Rhodes line of concrete bag mixes and admixtures, The Buddy Rhodes Color Spectrum including “The Signature Color Series™”, “Custom Color™” and “Pure Pigments™”.  Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products will also continue to offer the BlueConcrete™ line of concrete products, cements, CSA, pozzolans, shrinkage reducers, set delay, fibers, polymer, sealers, tools and other related products.

Delta President, Shawn Hays, states that, “Delta thanks you for your past business and wants to reassure all Buddy Rhodes customers that the product line is in good hands and will continue to thrive under Smooth-On’s capable stewardship.  All bag mix and other formulas will remain unchanged and be subject to the same high quality standards that you have come to expect”.

Buddy Rhodes, Jon Schuler and Jeremy French, who have been key contributors to the success of the Buddy Rhodes brand over the last several years, will continue working with Smooth-On to develop and move the brand forward.  Smooth-On’s Ernie Dojack has been designated Brand Manager.

Orders will begin shipping from Smooth-On’s 370,000 sq. ft. facility beginning December 6, 2016.

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Native Trails Introduces Tolosa Concrete Sink

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Native Trails Introduces Tolosa Concrete Sink

Posted on 23 August 2016 by CRadmin3

NativeStone TolosaNative Trails introduced its Tolosa concrete sink. The company describes the sink as a clean, oval shape that shows off the organic beauty of concrete, at a much lighter weight and with no-fuss maintenance. The Tolosa concrete sink is handcrafted of NativeStone, an innovative, remarkably strong blend of cement and jute fiber that is reportedly lightweight for concrete, extraordinarily heavy-duty in the bathroom and refreshingly easy when it comes to clean-up. The sink features a single bowl with a 3 ¾ in. depth that is crack, stain and scratch resistant. It can be installed as a drop-in or standard undermount.  Tolosa is available in Ash, Slate and Pearl finishes.

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Native Trails Introduces Nipomo NativeStone Concrete Bathroom Sink

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Native Trails Introduces Nipomo NativeStone Concrete Bathroom Sink

Posted on 23 June 2016 by CRadmin3

native trails nipomo sinkThe Nipomo NativeStone concrete bathroom sink by Native Trails is perfect for today’s clean design styles. Nipomo can be installed as an apron-front, undermount or vessel sink. The soft rectangular shape shows off the organic beauty of concrete, at a much lighter weight and with no-fuss maintenance. The Nipomo concrete sink is handcrafted of NativeStone, an innovative, strong blend of cement and jute fiber that is surprisingly lightweight for concrete, heavy-duty in the bathroom and reportedly easy when it comes to clean-up. It is available in Ash, Slate, and Pearl finishes. The Nipomo features a single four inch deep bowl that is crack, stain and scratch resistant. It includes a limited lifetime warranty, installation sheet and a care and maintenance guide.

You may also be interested in this article about what’s trending in kitchen sinks in 2016.

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2016 Countertop and Kitchen Trends

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2016 Countertop and Kitchen Trends

Posted on 19 February 2016 by cradmin

Although we are less than two months into 2016, this year’s countertop and kitchen trends have already started to become clear, and the Internet is abuzz with all the latest developments. As in past years, our annual countertop and kitchen trend roundup will include all of the relevant information we have sourced from across the Web combined with what we have been hearing from our audience, industry suppliers, countertop fabricators, other industry professionals and consumers.

Kitchens Going From White to Gray

gray tilesSeveral general kitchen trends will play a role in the specific types, shapes and colors homeowners will be choosing for their new countertops this year, and chief among is a softening of colors. A recent article published by Houzz declares that soft color palettes have taken center stage, knocking out glossy whites and bold primary colors.

In another trend report, Daltile claims that white has officially been ousted by gray not only in the kitchen but also in other rooms of the typical American home, including the bathroom, living room and bedrooms. I must’ve been ahead of the curve because we just had our living room repainted in oyster gray and chose a similar gray to accent the white ceramic tiles of our new backsplash.

However, I am certainly not alone, as the Washington Post reports that 61 percent of renovators painted their own walls gray, beige or white within the last year, with green and yellow trailing at 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

“Charcoal, grays and even neutral pastels like pale blue, pale green-gray and tinted whites are the new alternative to the standard white,” said Jane Lockhart, a popular interior designer in Ontario, KitchenAid-Black-StainlessCanada. She also said that new and remodeled kitchens will include light wood tones, such as walnut, white oak and whitewashed wood in place of bolder accents.

In a sharp contrast to white and other lighter colors, all-black kitchens have begun to make an appearance this year, and the color is being contrasted with metallics to create a look of luxury. Decorator’s Wisdom, a DIY decorating blog, reports that Kitchenaid has already gambled on this trend by releasing a new line of kitchen appliances in black stainless steel.

Kitchen Becomes the Heart of Home

This year, the trend to transform the kitchen as a central meeting place and utilitarian common room as expanded beyond belief. With the ability to take in information at will and on the go thanks to smartphones, hanging out in front of the living-room television is largely a thing of the past.

Couples, families, housemates and even single individuals are increasingly forsaking the comfort of the living room and are going straight to the kitchen where freestanding tables are quickly becoming passé. People now want the convenience of upgraded countertops, and with the range of support brackets available for overhangs, it is certainly no wonder. Islands, side counters and nooks are making kitchen tables inefficient, impractical and obsolete.

Countertops: Thin Is In

When it comes to countertops, the word on the street is the thinner the better, and compact sintered surfaces have come in to fill that demand. However, not everyone has the moolah for such extravagance, and granite and quartz remain top competitors. However, before we get to specific surfaces, let’s take a look at colors and styles.

An Angie’s List article on 2016 countertop trends written by Haley Johnston of Moss Building & Design hits the nail on the head when it states that “white marble tops the list of the most popular kitchen countertop colors.” Every brand, no matter the specific material, has come out with a slew of white marble-like designs. Some people with money have sprung for actual marble, but those who know better go for quartz or solid surface, and upscale laminate designs have entered the market and infiltrated the homes of people who could afford much more.

When it comes to style, homeowners have followed the eye-catching, floor-to-surface design that has come to be known as waterfall countertops. This is really just a countertop that extends beyond the horizontal plane to include an integral vertical surface of identical composition and color. Even if consumers decide against waterfall countertops, the trend for 2016 is to choose mitered, yet inconspicuous edging, which is notable for creating a sleek appearance with continuous lines.

A final style guideline for countertops, which has been great news for fabricators, is that they are quickly replacing kitchen tables. Where kitchen tables once stood, countertop islands are being built to match the surrounding countertops. These islands often include overhands and stools, and in addition to kitchen tables, they have largely replaced home-office desks. Home businesses are more popular than ever, and the kitchen has emerged as a central workstation.

Countertop Surfaces for 2016

As far as surfacing materials go, the big winners in 2016 are as expected: quartz and granite. Quartz continues to make the strongest gains, but granite remains the most popular surface after laminate, which once held its position solely on price but has come into its own with the help of modern designers and improved durability.

  • Natural Stone – Beyond laminate, granite remains the leader in countertop materials, and with good reason. It looks fantastic, has durability and is more affordable than ever, not to mention unique. However, it is losing market share quickly as quartz takes center stage in the arena. When it comes to natural stone countertops, though, many of us forget that there are alternatives to granite. Soapstone and slate have garnered loyal followings, and some end users are adamant in their promotion and defense against criticism, which has newly emerged this year. While many prefer natural stone, 2016 has brought out the factions.
  • Engineered Stone – Not too many years back, quartz remained relatively unknown to the masses, but its exceptional properties and range of colors and patterns have quickly brought this surfacing into the mainstream. Many fabricators and designers reckon that quartz will take second place only to laminate in the next decade.
  • Concrete – Glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is also edging its way into the market, but it has not been gaining as much strength as it did only a few years in the past. Likely it is held back by its need for sealant and a slower fabrication process. However, those who do it well have found a solid niche for themselves, and the look of masterfully customized GFRC is incomparable to anything else.
  • Sustainables – Eco-friendly surfacing of all types is quickly gaining ground, but perhaps Butcher Blockmore so with commercial and industrial builders than in the residential sector. The odd aspect about the rise of environmentally friendly surfacing is that it is being driven by consumers while largely seen as impractical or too expensive for these same consumers’ homes. On the other hand, hundreds of communities across the nation have successfully promoted sustainable lifestyles, and the trend to do all that is possible for the perceived health of people and the planet has been taken up by both baby boomers and millennials. (Read more about sustainable and eco-sensitive countertop products here, at our sister website www.GreenSurfaceResource.com.)
  • Sintered Compact Surface –Sintered compact surface is, by far, the hottest countertop material available – on an upscale price point. This seems to be the future or next generation of countertop material and new competitors are entering the market to get a share of the spoils.
  • Solid Surface – Still holding onto third place in material popularity, is solid surface material, a close cousin or perhaps parent to the newer quartz surfacing/engineered stone, originally branded by 9203CE_Dusk_Ice_(3)DuPont as Corian. However, fabricators report it is being relegated more to the bathroom, and its real growth seems to be in the commercial sector. Like it’s younger quartz-based relative, in the past, it has been driven by its nearly unlimited designs along with its hygienic properties. However, many predict it will be overtaken in the kitchen by engineered stone, which is growing doubly fast as solid surface. That said, lately, there has been an influx of new companies into the solid surface market and some unique new color options, so perhaps, this will spawn awareness and a return to growth for the product, but that remains to be seen.

Consumer Reports Weighs In

Caesarstone Symphony GreyThis year, Consumer Reports broke out and published an article on the top countertop trends of 2016, and it was very specific. Rather than general trends, this most-respected of consumer-review organizations named names, and the choices were largely based on the new products presented at Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas.

Formica LaminateThe surfaces Consumer Reports is backing as this year’s trends are as follows:

  • Wilsonart Solid Surface – Dusk Ice
  • Formica Laminate – Gray Josef Linen
  • Caesarstone Quartz – Symphony Grey

But for all of the 2016 trends, the real question from most countertop fabricators is how to keep pace with the economic upswing. Both new structures and renovations continue to make a steady comeback, and the ability to read and forecast trends, while inherently risky, often works to increase revenue, no matter how you choose to go about it.

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Vetrazzo Offers A New “Coffee House” Inspired Color Option for Recycled Glass Surfacing

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Vetrazzo Offers A New “Coffee House” Inspired Color Option for Recycled Glass Surfacing

Posted on 07 August 2015 by CRadmin3

VetrazzoBarista_Art_v2Vetrazzo has announced a new surface color option to its line of recycled glass surfacing material. The new color, called Coffee House, is inspired by the beige and brown tones of coffee. It is made with amber colored shards from recycled jars, beer, and wine bottles and clear, crushed flint glass. Vetrazzo is a manufacturer of surfacing material made from 85 percent post-consumer recycled glass added to portland cement. This eco-friendly product can be used anywhere natural stone is used, including architectural cladding, countertops, hearths/fireplace surrounds and tabletops.

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Tesselle Offers 3 Silicrete Concrete and Recycled Glass Tile Designs

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Tesselle Offers 3 Silicrete Concrete and Recycled Glass Tile Designs

Posted on 05 June 2015 by cradmin

tesselle Facets concrete  recylced glass tileSilacrete tiles from Tesselle, made from 50 percent recycled glass and 50 percent concrete, are available now in a variety of finishes, including printed designs, photorealistic, murals, custom designs and solid colors. They are suitable for indoor applications, such as countertops, backsplashes, floors or walls, and outdoors on walls. The Digitally printed versions allow brilliant designs with an unlimited number of colors, perfect registration and thin grout lines. Made from an engineered concrete composite that contains cement, glass and polymer, the tiles are 1/4-in. thick, and come in sizes up to 18 by 24 in. They can be used to imitate many ceramic techniques. or create photo realistic designs, effects and murals.
Other features include

  • Made in the United States
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds per sq. ft.
  • Abrasion Resistance (ASTM D4060 – S42 paper, 500 gm load, 1,500 cycles): 60 – 70 milligram loss
  • Dynamic Coefficient of Friction (DCOF Acutest): Greater than .42 wet for floor tile
  • Water Absorption Body (ASTM C373): 3.17% Semi-vitreous | Water Absorption Surface: 0%
  • Thermal Shock Resistance (ASTM C484): No visual defects
  • Color Uniformity (ASTM C609): V2 to V3
  • Flammability (ASTM E84): Class A

Three specific patterns are readily available: Facets, Matrisse and Theri.  Facets (shown here) is a printed tile pattern that forms a non-repeating pattern with both organic and industrial influences. This design is comprised of 3 tile patterns that are printed on Silacrete. Each Facets tile is 6 in. Matrisse is a 2-tile pattern, printed with a photographic technique, which forms a design that features traditional tile influences and the illusion of illumination, with a modern twist. Each Matrisse tile is 12-in. square and are available in Mist, Flaxen and Sea designs. Theri is a printed pattern that forms a non-repeating design with both organic and industrial influences. This design is comprised of four tile patterns that are laid out in random order. Each Theri tile is 12 in. square and at least a half a dozen colors in this pattern are available.

You may also be interested in this article about KB Express’ pre-made tile backsplash system.

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Understanding Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) for Countertops

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Understanding Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) for Countertops

Posted on 18 May 2015 by cradmin

This video is really a sort of online seminar presented by the Concrete Countertop Institute(CCI), designed t0 teach how polymer really works, what fibers actually do and the meaning and importance of flexural strength in glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) countertops. The video is basically a PowerPoint Presentation, narrated by CCI founder Jeff Gerard, which covers quite a bit of information.

Of course it is a bit self-promotional at the end where it discusses training programs offered by the CCI, but overall there is a lot of interesting and useful information for those working in the concrete countertop segment of the industry.

You might also be interested in this Trinic video on post tensioned GFRC for longer concrete countertop spans by Mark Celebuski.

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Fishstone Concrete Countertop Supply Brings On New Canadian Distributor

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Fishstone Concrete Countertop Supply Brings On New Canadian Distributor

Posted on 21 April 2015 by cradmin

Concrete Countertop Supply by Fishstone added a new Canadian distributor in the Toronto area. Total Concrete Innovations is now stocking many items in their new facility in Cambridge, Ontario. They will have product available for pickup or delivery and a website coming soon. Additionally, some Fishstone Training events will take place at the new distributor’s facility.

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Silicosis: Incurable, but Preventable

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Silicosis: Incurable, but Preventable

Posted on 17 April 2015 by cradmin

With all of the attention the countertop industry continues to receive regarding silica exposure and the impending regulation changes,  we thought sharing this video produced by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) with the help of DuPont and Water Treatment Solutions, would be a good idea. “Silicosis: Incurable, but Preventable” contains excellent information on preventing this terrible ailment. However, it also recognizes that no single video can cover every given situation and that each particular circumstance should be assessed and precautions taken according to the variables present, with erring on the side of caution being the wisest path. We recognize that the countertop industry has done an excellent job of addressing this disease largely through the information sharing and efforts of organizations such as the MIA and we here at CountertopResource.com would like to recognize them for their efforts. However, we feel for those who have suffered needlessly through this terrible and preventable ailment, and urge you all to be always mindful in all situations, whatever your capacity in a facility or operation in which there is the risk of silicosis, and put safety at the forefront.

A Spanish version of the Silicosis video can be found here.

You might also be interested in this video on the hazards of silica exposure.

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Native Trails Launches Line of Concrete Sinks

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Native Trails Launches Line of Concrete Sinks

Posted on 23 January 2015 by cradmin

native trails concrete nativestone farmhouse sinkNative Trails has new concrete sinks made of a unique cement and jute fiber mixture called NativeStone™. The NativeStone line includes kitchen, bar/prep and lavatory sinks. According to the company, the sinks made impervious to staining by use of a cutting-edge nano sealer. Jute fiber, a renewable vegetable fiber, is integrated throughout the concrete, resulting in a material that is highly resistant to cracking. The sinks are most affordable kitchen and bath product line launched to date. The concrete sinks are reportedly 40 percent lighter than those made with more traditional cement mixtures, improving the ease of installation and expense to ship. “Concrete is an emerging home design trend that we see used far more often for countertops, floors, furniture and even home exteriors,” said Native Trails CEO and Founder Naomi Neilson Howard. “NativeStonemakes great use of concrete’s natural beauty and its natural color—gray—which is also a hot design trend right now.”

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