[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1434350880543{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][vc_column_text] graphic concrete™ [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]All of a sudden, the world of architectural precast just got more exciting. A new technology being offered by National Precast Industry Partner ramsetreid allows patterns and images to be set in concrete, in almost any application.  The technology, known as...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1434350880543{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][vc_column_text] Form Liners [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Form liners are often used with precast panels to create more attractive walls for building facades, highways, neighbourhoods, beaches and parks. Form liners come in many different patterns, and can produce a variety of different results....

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1434350880543{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][vc_column_text] Purpose Built Moulds [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Precast concrete elements can be designed and manufactured with 3D surface finishes to achieve unique textures and/or profiles. This can be done using specially made moulds, of any shape, which can incorporate patterns (using form liners) or use tiles, bricks,...

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1434350880543{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][vc_column_text] Honed [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Honing refers to the removal of the outer surface of concrete by using a grinder that has a coarse abrasive effect, exposing the aggregate in the concrete and giving a flat level surface. Honing of curves and small recesses are possible...

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1434350880543{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][vc_column_text] Blasted [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A grit (or sand) blasted finish is typically a rougher and deeper-textured finish than an etched finish. With this finish, the surface layer of concrete is removed to expose the aggregate (stone) in the concrete mix. . The depth of the...

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1434350880543{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][vc_column_text] Etched [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Etching results in a fine, sand-textured surface that resembles limestone or sandstone and where the cement paste and sand are the predominant elements visible on the surface. The finish has been referred to, as being not dissimilar to a sugar cube. A...

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1434350880543{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][vc_column_text] Grey Off Form [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Off-form concrete elements are most commonly produced using grey cement. The high quality of the moulds and the quality assured manufacturing techniques used by National Precast Members mean that the quality of finish is extremely high and generally requires...

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1434350880543{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][vc_column_text] Stained [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Unlike paint that is a surface coating, stain is absorbed into the concrete surface. The colour palette is almost infinite, but is usually based around natural colours and is generally guaranteed for 25+ years on vertical surfaces. Colour matching is also...

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1434350880543{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][vc_column_text] Painted [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Painting is the application of a coating (paint) that adheres to the surface of an element, creating an outer skin. The paint colour will be somewhat transparent unless a thick coating is applied to ensure the paint is opaque. The advantage...

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1434350880543{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}"][vc_column_text] Coloured Off Form [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] The colouring of concrete is achieved through the use of cements, coloured sands, coloured aggregates and pigments (oxides). The basic cements used are grey, off-white and white. The use of cement colour will depend on the final colour choice,...