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Concrete Countertop Solutions Offers Z Liqui-Crete System

Posted on 16 December 2013 by cradmin

Concrete Countertop Solutions Fiber Mesh ReinforcementConcrete Countertop Solutions offers the new Z Liqui-Crete System that combines a fiber-fortified concrete mixture with a 1- by 1-in. fiberglass mesh grid. The system uses an easily attached Z-clip to hold the mesh at the proper height during the pour. The clips, which arescrewed down to the cement board substrate and clipped onto the mesh, work with the company’s 1-5/8-in. Z Counterforms and hold the mesh a third of the way below the surface. A longer clip is also available for taller commercial forms. According to the company, the system allows for the addition of enough water to achieve a consistency that allows it to be poured right through the mesh grid, without sacrificing the strength of the material.

 

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Does ‘Natural’ Really Matter?

Posted on 16 September 2012 by cradmin

In the not-too-distant past, I heard a presenter question whether it is really accurate to use the term “natural stone” anymore. He pointed out that a huge number of stone slabs coming into the United States are altered in one way or another – via resination or by the use of mesh backers, etc. He didn’t make a judgement call and actually praised the value of these methodologies as improvements to the slabs. It was the second time I’d heard someone say that the majority of granite slabs are altered.

I also noticed a MIA blog entry ┬áthat touched ont he same topic, which actually put forth what it defined as “natural stone.” It was very interesting to read, but really, it seems more of an intellectual debate than a practical one.

Ultimately, the term natural is used as a descriptor to describe quarried slab products from man-made ones, right? What really matters is that a good product is used and that the person paying the bill is happy with the look and quality – regardless of how much it has been “altered” or how “natural” it is.

There is no doubt that granite is a beautiful product with a very appealing look and suitable qualities to match its aesthetics. Rather than debate its “naturalness,” which seems like a red herring, energy might be better spent highlighting its strong points.

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