There was a time when homeowners balked at the idea of installing their own concrete countertops. They would rather call in the professionals instead of handling the job themselves. Now, however, more and more people are installing their own countertops, thanks in large part to the Z Counterform concrete countertop system available from Concrete Countertop Solutions. While the system is easy to use, you still need to be aware of some common problems and solutions when dealing with DIY countertop products.
Reinforcing the Countertops
Reinforcing the countertops is one of the first challenges you will face when installing your own concrete countertops. While a lot of people use wire mesh to reinforce the countertops, it is hard to cut and difficult to work with. Fiberglass, such as the FG50 Alkali Resistant Fiber Mesh Reinforcement, is much easier to cut and handle.
While it is easier to handle, it won’t stay in place on its own. Avoid this problem by clipping the mesh in place with Concrete Countertop Solutions’ patented Z Clip.
Getting Concrete Through the Mesh
Once the mesh is in place, you will be ready to pour the concrete. A standard bag of concrete won’t flow properly through the mesh, so the countertops won’t look smooth.
Fortunately, Z Liqui-Crete was made specifically to flow through fiberglass mesh. This proprietary blend turns a 60-pound band of concrete sand mix into a smooth mixture that you’ll be able to get through the mess without a problem.
Sealing the Countertops
Sealers such as the popular Z SiAcryl 14 provide a layer of protection against corrosion and stains. While concrete sealers are easy to use, you do need to keep a couple of potential issues in mind.
First, you need to understand that sealers are not like paint. Instead, sealers are like stains, and should be treated as such. That means you need to apply the sealer in one motion, all the way down the countertop. Then, make a second motion all the way back up. By covering the entire area in a single stroke, you avoid streaks.
You also need to make sure the coat is thick enough. Don’t just apply a couple of coats and call it a day. You need to keep coating it until the sealer is thick. That way, it can bond to the countertop.
DIY countertop products make installation easy. Make it even easier by avoiding these common installation mistakes.