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FAQ’s About Green Materials

Durável’s standard proprietary formula is made with 35% recycled materials, and additional recycled content can be added.
Our unique GFRC mix reduces consumption by providing unprecedented strength in thinner applications.
Because each countertop is custom crafted to meet exact project specifications, waste is near zero.
Durável countertops are 100% recyclable, so if you ever decide to replace them they won’t end up in a landfill like other solid surfaces.

Contributions to LEED Certification:

Recycled content contributes to overall project
Local fabrication contributes to your project’s use of regional materials, with 20% manufactured regionally.
Use of zero VOC materials and sealers contributes to your project’s use of low-emitting materials.

Why choose concrete?

Every Durável concrete surface is hand-crafted from organic materials to add beauty, durability and originality to your home or business. Our patented, lightweight formulas create one-of-a-kind custom surfaces that are strong, stylish and environmentally friendly.

What makes Durável different from regular concrete?

Durável’s patented mix virtually eliminates the inconsistencies common to regular concrete formulas, and ensures the highest standards of color fastness, reinforcement, overall weight and stability.

Are Durável Surfaces Stain & Scratch Resistant?

Durável has the highest compressive strength of any concrete on the market and is backed by the latest technology in low VOC sealers. Every surface will remain beautiful for years – much longer than any other mix.

Are Durável Surfaces Environmentally Friendly?

Durável’s unique formulas and fabrication methods are designed to help protect the environment and conserve natural resources. The use of recycled content in the patented mix reduces the quantity of material used by over fifty percent. Because each Durável surface is custom made to the exact shape needed waste is virtually eliminated.

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How strong is the material?

Durável surfaces reach a compressive strength of 10,567 PSI and flexural strength of 1,464 PSI. Our GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) mixes are nearly three times stronger than normal concrete.

 

Are Durável surfaces “Green”?

Durável surfaces contain a minimum of 35% recycled material. Each surface is made exactly to fit the project, reducing waste to near zero. The sealer is water based with no harmful impact on the environment. Plus, when you decide to remodel, the material can be recycled rather than sent to a landfill. The use of Durável surfaces helps qualify for several LEED Point categories.

 

Are Durável surfaces safe for food preparation?

Yes. All Durável surfaces are finished with a water based sealer to produce a non-porous surface that is safe for food. As on any countertop surface, you should use cutting boards and other measures to minimize damage to the surface and to protect your knives from dulling.

 

Will my surface crack?

Durável surfaces are made with high strength GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) mixes that virtually eliminate all cracks and other defects that others try to call “normal features” in their surfaces. The extremely high compressive and flexural strength of Durável surfaces give you additional assurance against movement that can result in cracks.

 

How do I clean the surface?

Clean your Durável surface with mild soap and water. You may also use common mild kitchen cleaners, but avoid using any abrasive cleaners as they may reduce the service life of the sealer. For some surfaces you may consider adding our wax-based finish for increased durability. Never spill oven cleaner, liquid pipe clog solution or other such caustic chemicals on the surface.

 

Can I put a hot pot directly on the surface?

Yes and no. It is rare that typical home cooking will result in a pot hot enough to damage the surface or sealer. However, we recommend that you use trivets and other measures to reduce the danger of scorching the sealer. Narrow surface areas are more susceptible to thermal shock, so reasonable care should be used in front of sinks and other such locations. Crock pots and similar appliances should not be placed directly on the surface.

 

Are Durável surfaces expensive?

Durável surfaces mimic the beauty of concrete countertops without the expensive cost structure and inherent concrete issues. Durável starts at a very reasonable unit cost. Because each piece is made to exactly fit the project there is virtually no waste. There are no slab fees – you pay only for what is actually installed. Don’t look at just the unit cost when comparing Durável to other solid surface and granite options. Have the entire project quoted, and then you will likely agree that Durável surfaces are not expensive.

 

Does concrete stain?

Durável surfaces are finished with a food safe, low voc sealer to produce a non-porous surface that virtually eliminates staining. As with any surface, any spills should be cleaned up promptly. For some surfaces you may consider adding our wax-based finish for increased durability.

 

How are Durável surfaces made?

Each Durável surface is hand crafted exactly to fit the project and customized to your personal selections. Your certified fabricator will measure and template your project then return with the finished pieces. All the mess is kept at the shop. For remodel projects a little planning and coordination can keep the area down-time to as little as one day.

 

Can I use Durável outside?

Yes! All Durável colors are UV stable and will retain their beauty in direct and indirect sun exposure. Durável surfaces are perfect solutions for outdoor installations. Unlike all other solid surface alternatives and most granites (which are resin impregnated), Durável surfaces will not fade or fall apart when used outside.

 

Will the product be covered by warranty?

Durável surfaces include a warranty that covers both the material and fabrication. Ask for a copy of our complete warranty and care documentation. These documents may also be found under the Resources tab on this website.

 

Will the color be what I expect?

Color selections for Durável surfaces may be made from samples and charts. Our color system produces reliable and repeatable integral and stain colors. Because each piece is hand crafted slight variations in color and hue should be expected.

 

Will the color fade?

All Durável colors are UV stable and will retain their beauty in direct and indirect sun exposure. Durável surfaces are perfect solutions for outdoor installations. Unlike all other solid surface alternatives and most granites (which are resin impregnated), Durável surfaces will not fade or fall apart when used outside or inside in front of windows.

 

Will the installation be messy?

Durável surfaces are made at the certified fabricator’s shop, not on site. The fabricator will measure and template your project then return with the finished pieces. Unlike conventional concrete countertop creation, all the dust and mess is kept away from the project area.

 

Can I customize the look?

Durável surfaces offer a wide range of standard and premium base colors and stains, edge profiles, textures and other attributes. The only limit to what can be created is your imagination! Custom hand crafted

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