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Concrete Countertops - A Surprising Option For Your Home Home Repair Articles | January 23
, 2012
When most people think of concrete, they picture the ugly gray sidewalks or black roads in their neighborhood. Concrete can actually be manufactured in a variety of ways to create a more appealing look, and countertops made from this material are becoming increasingly popular.

Various forms of concrete make up the roadways and sidewalks in every city and town across the country. This material is used in many different applications, including the foundation of your home. It consists of a mixture of Portland cement, sand and gravel aggregates, and water. There are many different types available for a multitude of different purposes. One application that is gaining popularity is countertops.

You may not think that concrete countertops sound very appealing or would look very good. When you think of the sidewalks and roads outside and imagine them on your kitchen counter
, the picture seems strange and certainly unattractive. However, there are different mixtures available that can make this material a variety of different colors, textures, and forms. Some mixtures use white Portland cement to create different lighter colors. White Portland cement contains less iron and manganese oxides, which give normal cement its gray color. Pigments, stains
, and dyes can be mixed with the white cement to create a variety of colors. Various darker colors can be created using normal gray Portland cement. Another variation that can change the way this material looks is the aggregate used in the mixture. You can use either coarse or fine aggregate, but the finer aggregate can have a greater effect on the color of the countertop. For decorative purposes like countertops, the cement is commonly mixed with aggregates like quartz, granite, marble and limestone to create a more appealing look.

The pigments used to create different colors for these kinds of countertops can come in various forms. Some pigments are in liquid form, which mixes readily with the cement mixture to create a unique color. Other common pigments are in powder form
, but they still work just as well. The surface can also be colored after it is poured using stains or dyes.

Concrete countertops first appeared in the kitchens and baths of some upscale homes, restaurants and stores. Since then, it has become increasingly popular in smaller, more modest homes. This may be because there are so many variations in color and appearance to create a unique countertop in each home. Another reason for its increased popularity is that it can be made into any shape you desire, simply by pouring it into a form of that shape. There are many sealers available now to protect the countertop and change the way it looks. You can choose a glossy sealer or a matte finish depending on the desired look.

Many people prefer the look of natural stone countertops, but concrete countertops can mimic many of those looks. This material can be made to look like granite or marble when it is designed
, mixed, and finished properly. It is also more durable and stronger than many other common countertop materials. Article Tags: Concrete Countertops, Portland Cement

"Even the losers get lucky sometimes. Even the losers keep a little bit of pride. They get lucky sometimes."

-Tom Petty from 'Even The Losers'.

For those of us of a certain age, there are a few bands that we simply cannot imagine not being a part of the soundtrack of our lives. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are a perfect example. A band that was initially labeled part of the new wavepunk movement that grew out of the anti-disco sentiment of the mid to late 70's that matured into a solid rock and roll band that has managed to beat the odds and remain a top draw thirty years after their formation. In their early days, the songs were primarily about lost love, heart break and the sense of alienation of youth but as they matured
, the themes progressed, as they did as musicians, into a number of songs exploring Southern heritage, socio-economic class issues, rough hewn American individualism and the sense of the little man standing toe to toe with corporate giants.

In essence, Petty and Heartbreakers turned the pen inward and wrote about the things they knew and understood and created a catalogue of lasting music that is a part of the American soundscape.

Tom Petty
, the son of a Gainesville, Florida insurance salesman, was born on October 20th, 1952 and like so many of that era, was inspired to music by Elvis Presley. However it was a personal encounter rather than seeing him on the Ed Sullivan show. Petty's uncle was working on the set of Presley's 1961 film Follow That Dream in neighboring Ocala, Florida and had invited the young Petty down to watch the movie being shot. In an instant
, Petty became a fan of Presley's guitar playing, and upon returning home traded his sling shot for a box of Elvis Presley and Little Richard 45's with a friend. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Petty said of the incident, "He didn't have that much to say to us but to a kid at an impressionable age, he was an incredible sight." He went on to add that once he got a hold of the Presley and Little Richard records, "That was the end of doing anything other than music with my life. I didn't want anything to fall back on because I was not going to fall back".

Petty was a natural when he tried to learn guitar
, taking guitar lessons with Eagles mainstay, Don Felder (also a Gainesville native).

His first guitar was a generic acoustic purchased out of the back of a Sears and Roebuck catalogue. By the time he was 14 years old, Petty had begun to learn guitar and was in local Gainesville bands (even .
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