If you can dream it, we can create it.
Modern concrete isn’t what it once was. We can cast it thinner, lighter and in an infinite range of colours. We partner with you to create a practical, durable and aesthetically pleasing design solution; whether it be purely functional or of a more artistic nature.
All of our pieces are carefully crafted by hand, bringing the richness of human touch to beautiful and modern materials. Creative ventures are what drive our innovative culture and define our creative growth, so we ask you to help us push the boundaries of what is possible.
Through the use of glass & PVA fibre throughout our concrete mix, we mitigate the requirement for conventional steel reinforcement, resulting in a lighter, thinner and stronger final product. The active matrix of fibres creates a flexible and stable final product, far more resistant to cracking than conventional concrete products.
Thickness & Weight
A 20-25mm structural layer, depending on its application, is used in all products to maintain its superior strength. Aprons or foam inserts are then used to reach the desired thickness. Our concrete generally weighs approximately 40-50kgs per square metre.
The Nature of Concrete
Concrete is not a homogeneous, uniform material & just like natural wood or stone, the finished concrete’s appearance will always have aesthetic variations of shade, colour and pattern.
Our concrete can be cast in an infinite range of colours to suit your application. From the subtle & sophisticated through to the vibrant & bold, we can work with you to produce exactly what you are after.
Below is our standard colour selection, ranging from white through to black.
- Hand-Trowelled Polished – Cast face up with a trowelled finish to achieve higher amounts of variation. Heavily polished to create a high sheen level
- Hand Trowelled Honed – Cast face up with a trowelled finish to achieve higher amounts of variation. Lightly sanded to expose some sand particles
- Cream – Off-form with a light polish to achieve subtle variation
- Salt & Pepper – Off-form with a light grind to expose sand particles
- Hand-Pressed – Off-form veiny finish, filled or left open depending on preference
- Air Pockets – Off-form air pocket finish giving a very natural look and feel
Sealer Finishes Available:
- Satin – Retains the concretes natural character with a subtle sheen
- Gloss – Creates a glossy, reflective concrete finish
How to care for your new Concrete Collective Melbourne product
To ensure our concrete withstands the test of time, there are a few key points to help maintain the premium quality of each piece.
Cleaning with the use of light solvents (warm water & soap) and a clean cloth is all that is required for general upkeep of our concrete products. Should this not be enough to remove a stubborn spill or mark, the use of light chemicals (Ajax, windex) is acceptable, but must be used sparingly. Harsh abrasives or cleaning chemicals could wear down the sealer and should be avoided where possible.
Spills & Staining
Just like granite & marble, concrete is a porous substance and is susceptible to marking and staining. Our sealer works to fill these pores and will protect against spills & stains, but we recommend acting swiftly (within a few hours) to clean up any spills that may harm the concrete. This can be done using one of the methods listed in the ‘cleaning’ section.
If you are concerned about a stain or mark that cannot be removed with the mentioned processes, please give us a call to discuss your options. Sealer can be reapplied on site should that course of action need to take place.
Cracking, Chipping & Scratching
Our Concrete is very durable and common household use should not cause cracks or chips. As with all other stones, Corners are vulnerable to hard impacts with blunt objects so we advise general care to avoid this occurring. Concrete, like all stone products, is susceptible to hairline cracking around thin sections near sink voids and cooktop cutouts. Due to the reinforcing used these cracks, if they occur, are not structural. If you are concerned with any cracks that may appear in your product, please do not hesitate to call. Although a very hardy product, the final sealed concrete product is still susceptible to scratching & abrasions and should be cared for as you would any other household product. We advise that chopping and dragging sharp objects across our concrete products be avoided. Should the sealer be damaged throughout its lifetime, it can be treated & reapplied on site.
Cooking & Food Preparation
Our sealed concrete product is acceptable for food preparation, is heat resistant & prevents unwanted particles & bacteria from entering the pores of the concrete .
With this being said, we strongly advise against using the product as a chopping board & placing hot plates, pots & pans directly on the concrete surface. This will help increase the longevity of your piece. As a rule of thumb, if the object is too hot to touch, it should be placed on a table trivet.
The Nature of Concrete
Concrete is not a homogeneous, uniform material & just like natural wood or stone, the finished concrete’s appearance will always have aesthetic variations of shade, color, and pattern and overall size. If you are concerned with any particular variations in your piece, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
All concrete collective Melbourne concrete products come with a two (2) year manufacturer’s warranty valid for any manufacturing defects in the piece.
For further information, you can download our Architectural Guide and Care & Information Guide from the links below: