Day 6: Crushed Granite Aggregates in Countertop Design
One-of-a-Kind Design with Crushed Granite Aggregates
Polish to Reveal Multi-Colored Granite in Poured Countertops
Crushed granite aggregates are versatile and provide a beautiful decorative accent to any concrete countertop in the house. Crushed granite aggregates can be mixed throughout or pressed into a layer of countertop mix. Direct Colors’ How to Construct a Concrete Countertop provides step-by-step details on how to use crushed granite and glass aggregates in poured countertop applications. The most important thing to keep in mind when using aggregates is that all the individual stones are solidly cemented into place so that nothing pops out later during the polishing process.
Once the countertop has completely cured (curing time will vary with by countertop mix product), the aggregate is polished using a 100 grit polishing pad to reveal. Stone aggregates come in many different sizes so be sure to keep in mind that for your average wet-pour application stones should be positioned far enough apart to properly cement them into place before polishing. For example, add 3/4 lb. of aggregate per square foot for a placement disbursement of 1/2″ for size #2, 3/8″ for size #1 and 1/8″-1/4″ for size 0.
Brad Carlisle of William Carlisle Design one of our favorite local countertop designers submitted this stone aggregate countertop photo which he acid stained using Cola and Azure Blue for a two-toned look. For more information on acid staining countertops, visit the Common DIY Project Guides of our blog. The sky’s the limit with Direct Colors!