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About Trueform's Concrete
• Trueform Concrete’s products are all hand crafted in the USA by skilled artisans
• Each product is either templated and installed locally or "built to spec" and shipped nationally or internationally
• Each product is put through a thorough quality control check prior to leaving our facility
• Trueform Concrete's concrete mix is an extremely high-strength GFRC mix utilizing super water reducers, glass fiber reinforcement, pozzolanic material, and mix additives to increase the early and overall strength of our concrete products.
• Concrete compressive strength is above 8,000 to 10,000 PSI
• Concrete tensile strength without reinforcement is 1,500 PS
• All products are heat & wet cured after casting
• All products are cast with extremely low water to cement ratio = 0.3
• All our concrete is fire-resistant
• Yield & Weight: 0.42 cu ft of mix = 5 sqft at 1” thick. Total weight of 10 lbs /sqft at 1” thick
• All of our concrete is sealed with 3 coats of an industrial topical coating that acts as a protective layer while enhancing the color of the product
• Our sealer is 100% reactive and is VOC compliant
• Standard uses for the product: countertops, table tops, other surfaces, sinks, indoor and outdoor wall cladding, floor and field tile
• All of the water used in fabrication is recycled back into a closed loop system for production casting and post cast grinding
• All of our concrete waste is recycled back into aggregate for creating asphalt
• All of our casting materials are reused as crating and shipping materials
Why does concrete show variation on the surface and edges?
Trueform Concrete is an industry leader who takes pride in superior quality control - especially with regard to our casting process. All of our concrete products are heat cured for over 12 hours. We use a very low water-to-cement ratio and a considerable amount of mix additives to ensure you are getting the best high-strength concrete on the market. Our batching, weighing, and casting process is extremely consistent, with all ingredients being measured to the 100th of a gram. Trueform is and always has been dedicated to perfecting the art of casting amazing concrete products. Even with all these processes, structures, and protocols in place, completed concrete projects will exhibit variations and random markings.
So why does your concrete appear "imperfect"? There isn't one particular reason why concrete products show surface and edge variations. The first step to understanding “why” is to understand that this material is the finished product of a chemical reaction called hydration. A lot of chemical reactions occur within the concrete during the curing process which affect the final surface as well as the integrity of the product. Moisture and heat escape the concrete, leaving behind a visual story on the surface and edge of your project. Two other factors that have a huge impact on the product's appearance are the casting process and the artisan's touch. Both add their own chapters to the concrete production story.
Below are some examples of concrete surfaces and edges that show a type of variation that you may see on your concrete project. Several of these photos are from our New Jersey showroom and are considered completely acceptable within our industry.
How do I clean my concrete?
Avoid abrasive soaps, cleansers, or scrubbing pads that can wear down the sealer. We recommend using mild, non-abrasive, non-ammonia, non-citric acid, non-vinegar, non-bleach soaps and cleaners.
Can my concrete crack?
It is possible. Hairline cracks can form in concrete over time for many reasons and are considered acceptable in the concrete industry. Trueform Concrete has a high quality, high strength mix design that greatly reduces the probability of cracks, however we do not guarantee that hairline cracks will not develop. This is especially true for concrete used outdoors in the Northeast and other areas of the country that experience major temperature changes. We recommend covering your concrete products during the winter months to protect it from snow and ice, however this will not necessarily prevent cracking.
Will my concrete stain?
Acidic foods and beverages such as lemon juice, mustard, vinegar, wine, soda, tomatoes, bananas, pumpkins/gourds, etc., perfumes, colognes, and cleaners that contain vinegar or citric acids, and other harsh chemicals or solvents such as ammonia, acetone, hydrogen peroxide, etc. should be avoided or cleaned off of your concrete surface as soon as possible. These substances may “eat” through the sealer, leaving a light hazing, and could possibly expose or stain your concrete. There are of course other items and products that may damage your sealer. We have tested against the most typical, but please use standard precautions to keep your concrete protected.
Can I cut and prepare food on my concrete countertop?
As with any countertop surface, you should never cut directly on your concrete surface. It won't damage the concrete, but it might damage the sealer, which protects the concrete. It may also ruin your knife! Always use a cutting board when cutting and preparing foods.
Will my concrete scratch?
Yes, you can scratch the sealer that is on top of your concrete. Avoid dragging sharp, hard objects across the concrete surface to prevent scratching. Minor white scratches should be expected throughout the piece from use over time. Applying Pledge every now and then can fill in minor scratches and give your pieces a nice sheen. The reason we like our sealer is that it is spot repairable and can be serviced if need be. Based on use, your concrete pieces may need to be re-sealed every few years. This is a process that would be done by our company for a minimal charge to cover time, travel, and materials. Depending on the scope of the work and the extent of the wear, this process may take anywhere from 1 to 3 trips to complete.
Can I place hot pots or pans on my concrete counter?
As with any other kitchen countertop surface, we recommend always using a hot pad or trivet for pots and pans coming from the oven or stove. Concrete is very heat resistant, but again, the concern is damaging or discoloring the sealer.
How much does your concrete weigh?
Since we use a high strength, light weight concrete mix, at 1" thick, one square foot of our concrete weighs approximately 10 pounds. This is lighter than most other stones and solid surfaces at this thickness. A standard cabinet should support the countertop weight without any concerns.
What type of sink would I use with this product and who installs it?
Any sink will work with concrete applications. Trueform Concrete will install all sink types at installation with the exception of farm sinks, vessel sinks and drop in sinks. Farm sinks must be installed prior to template to ensure an accurate fit. For all sinks, a licensed plumber will be needed to make the water supply and faucet connections. Please note - Trueform Concrete requires that all faucets and all undermount, drop in and vessel sinks be present at template to take back to our facility. Having these items ensures an exact fit at installation, which is when they will be returned to you.
Can you create custom colors for your products?
Absolutely! Since each project is made from scratch, the color possibilities are nearly endless. Trueform Concrete can create almost any custom color to meet your design needs. For a minimal charge, we can create a custom color for you based on a Benjamin Moore paint swatch number that you provide. Additionally, we have accumulated an extensive library of custom colors over the years, so we may already have a color formula that matches or comes very close to the one that you need. Although we do not have these samples available for purchase, the majority can be viewed at our New Jersey showroom or can be re-created for a minimal charge. For more information or to speak with a Trueform representative please contact us.