Greg Sommers (Owner)

My career in stone began in 2004 when I became the Sales and Production Manager for the largest marble and granite provider in the Caribbean, based in Grand Cayman.

By the end of my tenure with this company in 2009, I was both in awe of the natural stone industry and disheartened by it. While the beauty and strength of granite is inspiring, especially as you start to look at some of the more exotic colors, the impracticalities of the natural stone industry are disturbing. Granite is quarried all over the world, but is only cut and polished into slabs in a few countries. The raw stone is shipped via ocean freighter to these select locations, cut into slabs and polished, shipped again via ocean freighter to ports around the world, and then shipped inland where a local granite shop can provide their customers with kitchen countertops. With rising fuel prices and an increasing emphasis on environmental responsibility, the world needs to recognize that by the time a slab of granite or marble is cut into the shapes needed for countertops, the carbon footprint on that piece of stone is staggering. In addition to that, depending on how sensitive the granite shop is to limiting the amount of seams in the top, upwards of 30% of the slab may be discarded.

When I came back to Canada, my family and I moved to Kamloops, British Columbia, where I took a position as Construction Manager for a company building high end, environmentally responsible housing. At this company, I was on the other side of the table and asking myself what we should use for our kitchen and bathroom countertops? Eventually, we realized the best alternative was concrete.

Concrete, like granite, is beautiful and strong. Refreshingly while the design applications of concrete are limitless, it is mixed locally. It is formed rather than cut, so there is no wastage, and it can be used in applications not open to stone slabs.

Traditional concrete countertops have their own impracticalities, however. The process and materials used by today’s concrete countertop producers and taught by such pioneers in the industry as Cheng and Rhodes, are big, bulky and take a lot of time and material to create. They use materials such as rebar or chicken wire to help give flexural strength to a brittle material. They contain traditional aggregate that shows through, which can be beautiful but is not always the desired look.

I knew there had to be a better material out there, a material that did not have to travel the world first; a material that could be formed into beautiful shapes, colors and textures, economically and quickly. That is when I was introduced to SureCrete’s new Xtreme series concrete mixes. The technology behind this Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete is revolutionary and gives us a practical and economic material with which to service your needs. For more technical information please read through our Product info tab.

I traveled to Calgary, where SureCrete’s mixes are already being used and received full training from a SureCrete Representative from Tampa Bay, Florida where this amazing new technology was first developed.

I knew I had identified the product that had none of the environmental, cost and design problems of granite or traditional concrete. I am proud to bring this product to the Edmonton area. It is the goal of Surface Concepts to provide a Lighter, Stronger and Economical material which can be designed to your specific needs and personality... truly the Future of Stone Surfaces!