Decorative concrete contractors, skilled carpenters, tile setters, solid surface fabricators, concrete masons, and any building or landscaping professional, architect or designer interested in working with and understanding Decorative or Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete applications.
Previous concrete countertop experience, basic carpentry or mold-making skills is helpful for successful participation in the Professional D-FRC Training. If you’d like to gain experience in working with concrete as a decorative material, consider taking 1-day How to Make Concrete Countertops Training, prior to the D-FRC Training.
- INVESTMENT : 3-DAY PRO D-FRC TRAINING
$1,450 investment includes
- 3 full days of training at a CHENG Concrete Training Academy
- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
- Session limited to 15 participants to ensure hands-on learning + class participation
- Complete training manuals
- Materials used during training such as forms, molds, mixes, + other supplies
- CHENG Certificate of Completion
- 10% Savings on Concrete Products and Tools 30 days post training
- Audio, video and still photography permitted FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY
- Daily Breakfast + Refreshments: light continental breakfast, coffee, tea, soda, juices
- Daily catered lunch
- D-FRC FAQs
Q1: What is D-FRC?
Decorative Fiber Reinforced Concrete, or D-FRC, consists of high strength fibers embedded in a cementitious matrix. In general, fibers are the principal load-carrying members, while the surrounding matrix keeps them in the desired locations and orientation, acting as a load transfer medium between them.
Q2: What are the benefits of D-FRC countertops?
The D-FRC method reduces material consumption by using 1/3 less material with no steel needed. D-FRC countertops are lighter and stronger allowing for larger, seamless castings. Integral sinks can be cast without a back form. Time savings is key—projects can be de-molded 12 hours after casting. An entire project can be turned around from template to installation in less than 72 hours.
D-FRC v. WET CAST METHOD
Q3: How much does a D-FRC countertop weigh compared to a standard "wet cast" countertop?
A D-FRC countertop with a 2" edge face will weigh 7 lbs./s.f. By comparison, a standard 2" thick "wet cast" countertop will weigh approximately 23 lbs./sf.
Q4: What is the minimum thickness of a D-FRC 8' length countertop?
Q5: How long can I cast a countertop out of D-FRC without a seam?
The longest runs have been up to 20 feet.
Q6: What is the difference in mix design between D-FRC and a traditional wet cast method?
Traditional wet cast concrete has lots of large aggregate blended with sand and cement to create the structure of the concrete. D-FRC is a blend of advanced technology fibers, cement and fine sand. By replacing the aggregates in traditional wet cast concrete with the advanced fiber blend in D-FRC we are able to make the concrete much thinner and lighter while maintaining the same structural performance of the concrete.
Q7: What is a typical D-FRC project turnaround time?
A standard 8'-0"L x 3'-0"W x 1-1/2"T project can be turned around in less than 72 hours from template to install if needed.
Q8: What surface finish techniques can be achieved with D-FRC?
Marbled, polished, acid stain, sand blasted and exposed aggregate surface finish textures can be achieved.
Q9: How is D-FRC countertop installation different from wet cast countertops?
You don't need muscle men on the install crew.
Q10: Are D-FRC countertops easier to maintain than standard wet cast countertops?
When sealed with the CHENG Concrete Countertop Sealer, the maintenance will be the same as for a "wet cast" countertop.
Q11: Are there "green" benefits of D-FRC?
Yes, saving on materials and supplies are what contribute to the green benefit of the D-FRC method with 3/4 less material used than standard wet cast countertops. Also, no steel reinforcing is required.
MATERIALS, TOOLS + PRODUCTS
Q12: What materials do I need to make a D-FRC countertop?
NeoMix D-FRC is an easy to use suite of advanced technology products, making it possible to create flawless D-FRC projects with consistent professional results. NeoMix D-FRC Suite of products consist of CastingBlend, SprayBlend, BackingBlend, SlurryBlend and Activator.
Q13: What CHENG Concrete Countertop Products can I use?
NeoMix Color, Acrylic Slurry, Sealer, Wax, Sink Knockouts, Base Pigments, and any of the related forming supplies like Pro-Form and trivet strips.
Q14: What tools and equipment will I need? Where can I find them?
In addition to standard wet cast tools and equipment, you will need a stand mixer, hopper gun and air compressor.
Q15: What mix designs will I use?
With NeoMix D-FRC Products there are no mix designs to wrestle with. Simply dilute the NeoMix D-FRC Activator in water and mix with 1 bag of NeoMix CastingBlend, SprayBlend or Backing Blend.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Q16: What is the cost investment to start doing D-FRC in my shop?
If you are already making concrete countertops, the additional investment will be somewhere between $1000 and $2500 for a stand mixer, hopper gun and air compressor.
Q17: What is the suggested retail price of a finished D-FRC countertop?
Pricing per s.f. could range $85 - $110 depending on varying local or regional markets.
Q18: What are my material costs for an average D-FRC countertop?
Depending on the market location, material costs tend to fluctuate between $6.50 and $9.50 per s.f. for a typical countertop.
Q19: What D-FRC applications/possibilities exist beyond countertops?
Fireplaces, BBQs, window and door trims, window sills, showers, tubs, columns, signage, wall cladding, floor tiles, hoods, tables, planters, benches, sculptures and displays.
Q20: Who are recommended participants for the 2-day Professional D-FRC Training?
Concrete countertop contractors, skilled craftsmen, carpenters, tilesetters, stone fabricators, sculptors, artisans, concrete masons, and any building or landscape professional interested in working with and understanding D-FRC applications.
Q21: What are prerequisites for the 2-day Professional D-FRC Training?
Previous concrete experience, basic carpentry or mold-making skills is required for successful participation in the training.
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2014 Training Schedule to be Announced January 2014
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