Syndecrete, a cement-based composite of natural minerals and recycled materials
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Concrete on a Diet

If you like the look of concrete countertops but not the fabrication headaches, consider Syndecrete, a cement-based composite of natural minerals and recycled materials. Chip-and crack-resistant, it's available in three sizes of tiles or ready-to-fabricate slabs in 13 standard colors and 12 aggregates, including glass, shells, and metal shavings. A 2½-inch-thick, 30-by-96-inch slab tips the scale at 360 pounds—about half the weight of concrete. Tiles start at $14 per square foot; Syndecrete
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