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Please explain the terminology "contractor", "craftsman" and "maker" used on this site.
There is some debate as to the correct terminology for someone who makes concrete countertops as a business.

Countertop businesses such as granite or engineered quartz are usually called "fabricators". A fabricator is someone who takes an already-manufactured slab of natural or manmade material and cuts it to right size and installs it.

Because concrete countertops are made from scratch, a concrete countertop business is both a "manufacturer" and a "fabricator".
We feel that "manufacturer" fails to convey the handmade nature of concrete countertops.

The obvious term on the other end of the spectrum is "craftsman". This definitely describes someone who makes concrete countertops, since they do make countertops by hand and with attention to detail and true craftsmanship. However, being a craftsman does not necessarily make someone good at a concrete countertop business.

This leads us to the term "contractor". Unfortunately, this term may have negative connotations for people who are leery of hiring contractors or who have experienced lack of professionalism in the past. We recognize that this is a perceived problem with contractors in general. We feel that concrete countertop businesses need to have both the craftsman element and the contracting element in the true sense of what contracting should be – running an upstanding business creating custom works to satisfy client's wants, needs and expectations.

We have chosen to use the term "contractor" in its true sense when addressing the professionals who make concrete countertops. Many of the articles on this site are designed for these contractors. We feel that they will not be insulted to be called "contractors" because they are, and they take pride in their work and their business. By using the term "contractor", we are in no way implying that the person is not also a craftsman.

We have chosen to use the term "craftsman" when addressing homeowners or tradespeople. We feel that it is important for these groups to understand that concrete countertops are a high end, custom type of countertops, and the fact that they are made by "craftsmen" emphasizes that. We have also tried to educate this audience on the importance of their craftsman also having good business practices, making him a true contractor.

We also sometimes use "maker" when a generic term is called for.

One further note on another term is required. We have deliberately not used the term "artist" or "artisan". An "artist" is generally someone who creates beautiful works "for art's sake", whereas a true contractor/craftsman creates beautiful works to satisfy his client's designs without imposing his own design.

Members: Please use your "Post Comment" capability to tell us what you think! You may also wish to discuss this among yourselves in the Forums.

What is the privacy policy for this site?
See https://www.concretecountertopinstitute.com/terms.php#privacy.
How do I print an article or news item on this site?
Every article or news item has a printer icon at the bottom. Simply click the icon, and it will create a printer-friendly version for you and allow you to print it.

You can also create an Adobe .pdf file. These files are printer-friendly, and you can also save them to your computer. Just use the save function in your browser after the .pdf file is displayed.

How do I tell a friend about an article or news item on this site?
Every article or news item has an "email this" icon at the bottom. Look for the envelope with the arrow on it. Just click this, and it will email a link to the article. It's easy and quick!
Why are the forums members-only and private?
To keep the discussions relevant, accurate, comfortable and helpful and prevent mudslinging.

Anonymous forums suffer from the problem of mudslinging or "flaming". Anonymity causes people to say things that they would not say to their peers or if they knew that everyone knows who they really are.

Anonymous forums also breed deception. People can sign up anonymously for the purpose of asking leading questions that promote their own products. We know for certain of specific instances of this on other public forums dedicated to concrete countertops.

Public forums also tend to include people with a wide range of experience, from the casual browser to the serious professional.

Private forums for professionals only allow you to discuss constructively and candidly with your peers.

Because we want the forums on this site to be helpful to concrete countertop professionals, we limit the forums only to those who have been accepted for membership in Concrete Connections. We believe this is the best way to provide the most useful forums.

Click here for more information about a Concrete Connections membership.

I'm a homeowner. What's on this site for me?
There are plenty of ideas to inspire you here, as well as important information that will help you with the choice of whether to get a custom concrete countertop for yourself.

Browse the information under "Consumers/Trade" in the main menu. There are photos, articles and in-depth answers to frequently asked questions.

If you are considering concrete countertops for your home or business, browse our Find a Contractor directory to find a local concrete countertop professional. Be sure to click here for important information about how to find and evaluate a concrete countertop maker.

Please note: The Concrete Countertop Institute is not able to provide support or advice to homeowners via email or telephone. If after browsing this site and other websites you still have questions, we recommend that you consult a local design professional such as a kitchen designer or interior designer.

I'm a designer. What's on this site for me?
This site is an essential resource for your success in designing with concrete countertops.

Browse the information under "Consumers/Trade" in the main menu. There are photos, articles and in-depth answers to frequently asked questions that will educate you on this important design trend and give you confidence to incorporate concrete countertops into your designs.

To find a local concrete countertop professional, browse our Find a Contractor directory. Be sure to click here for important information about how to find and evaluate a concrete countertop maker.

Please note: The Concrete Countertop Institute is not able to provide support or advice to homeowners via email or telephone. If after browsing this site and other websites you still have questions, we recommend that you consult a local design professional such as a kitchen designer or interior designer.

I'm an architect. Where do I get specifications for concrete countertops?
Click here to fill out a form and we'll send you specifications in Microsoft Word format!

Architects only, please. These are the detailed, formal architectural specifications commonly used in large commercial projects and do not make for exciting reading. If you are not an architect, the information on this website will be more understandable and helpful than specifications.

Please explain the terminology "contractor", "craftsman" and "maker" used on this site.

There is some debate as to the correct terminology for someone who makes concrete countertops as a business.

Countertop businesses such as granite or engineered quartz are usually called "fabricators". A fabricator is someone who takes an already-manufactured slab of natural or manmade material and cuts it to right size and installs it.

Because concrete countertops are made from scratch, a concrete countertop business is both a "manufacturer" and a "fabricator".
We feel that "manufacturer" fails to convey the handmade nature of concrete countertops.

The obvious term on the other end of the spectrum is "craftsman". This definitely describes someone who makes concrete countertops, since they do make countertops by hand and with attention to detail and true craftsmanship. However, being a craftsman does not necessarily make someone good at a concrete countertop business.

This leads us to the term "contractor". Unfortunately, this term may have negative connotations for people who are leery of hiring contractors or who have experienced lack of professionalism in the past. We recognize that this is a perceived problem with contractors in general. We feel that concrete countertop businesses need to have both the craftsman element and the contracting element in the true sense of what contracting should be - running an upstanding business creating custom works to satisfy client's wants, needs and expectations.

We have chosen to use the term "contractor" in its true sense when addressing the professionals who make concrete countertops. Many of the articles on this site are designed for these contractors. We feel that they will not be insulted to be called "contractors" because they are, and they take pride in their work and their business. By using the term "contractor", we are in no way implying that the person is not also a craftsman.

We have chosen to use the term "craftsman" when addressing homeowners or tradespeople. We feel that it is important for these groups to understand that concrete countertops are a high end, custom type of countertops, and the fact that they are made by "craftsmen" emphasizes that. We have also tried to educate this audience on the importance of their craftsman also having good business practices, making him a true contractor.

We also sometimes use "maker" when a generic term is called for.

One further note on another term is required. We have deliberately not used the term "artist" or "artisan". An "artist" is generally someone who creates beautiful works "for art's sake", whereas a true contractor/craftsman creates beautiful works to satisfy his client's designs without imposing his own design.

Members: Please use your "Post Comment" capability to tell us what you think! You may also wish to discuss this among yourselves in the Forums.

What is the privacy policy for this site?

See https://www.concretecountertopinstitute.com/terms.php#privacy.

How do I print an article or news item on this site?

Every article or news item has a printer icon at the bottom. Simply click the icon, and it will create a printer-friendly version for you and allow you to print it.

You can also create an Adobe .pdf file. These files are printer-friendly, and you can also save them to your computer. Just use the save function in your browser after the .pdf file is displayed.

How do I tell a friend about an article or news item on this site?

Every article or news item has an "email this" icon at the bottom. Look for the envelope with the arrow on it. Just click this, and it will email a link to the article. It's easy and quick!

Why are the forums members-only and private?

To keep the discussions relevant, accurate, comfortable and helpful and prevent mudslinging.

Anonymous forums suffer from the problem of mudslinging or "flaming". Anonymity causes people to say things that they would not say to their peers or if they knew that everyone knows who they really are.

Anonymous forums also breed deception. People can sign up anonymously for the purpose of asking leading questions that promote their own products. We know for certain of specific instances of this on other public forums dedicated to concrete countertops.

Public forums also tend to include people with a wide range of experience, from the casual browser to the serious professional.

Private forums for professionals only allow you to discuss constructively and candidly with your peers.

Because we want the forums on this site to be helpful to concrete countertop professionals, we limit the forums only to those who have been accepted for membership in Concrete Connections. We believe this is the best way to provide the most useful forums.

Click here for more information about a Concrete Connections membership.

I'm a homeowner. What's on this site for me?

There are plenty of ideas to inspire you here, as well as important information that will help you with the choice of whether to get a custom concrete countertop for yourself.

Browse the information under "Consumers/Trade" in the main menu. There are photos, articles and in-depth answers to frequently asked questions.

If you are considering concrete countertops for your home or business, browse our Find a Contractor directory to find a local concrete countertop professional. Be sure to click here for important information about how to find and evaluate a concrete countertop maker.

I'm a designer. What's on this site for me?

This site is an essential resource for your success in designing with concrete countertops.

Browse the information under "Consumers/Trade" in the main menu. There are photos, articles and in-depth answers to frequently asked questions that will educate you on this important design trend and give you confidence to incorporate concrete countertops into your designs.

To find a local concrete countertop professional, browse our Find a Contractor directory. Be sure to click here for important information about how to find and evaluate a concrete countertop maker.

I'm an architect. Where do I get specifications for concrete countertops?

Click here to fill out a form and we'll send you specifications in Microsoft Word format!

Architects only, please. These are the detailed, formal architectural specifications commonly used in large commercial projects and do not make for exciting reading. If you are not an architect, the information on this website will be more understandable and helpful than specifications.