Shining Light on Architectural Precast Concrete

Concrete. A beautiful solution of sand, rock, cement, and water. When mixed, poured, and cured properly, concrete serves as one of the world’s most sought-after building materials. In order to protect the process from uncontrollable and undesirable outside factors, companies began pre casting the concrete in controlled environments. Since then, concrete products have drastically improved in quality and scope. From bridge construction to large warehouses, contractors are seeing lower costs, shorter project completions, and a higher quality structure. However, when it comes to looks, raw concrete is bland. That’s where architectural precast concrete finds its calling.

Some may think ‘architectural’ is just a fancy way of saying the concrete is good looking, and in some ways it does. But there is more to architectural precast concrete than solely making the concrete more attractive. The greatest advantage of architectural precast is the seemingly limitless, custom design potential. This allows contractors to erect a structure to the exact specifications the architect intended, all while maintaining the unparalleled benefits of precast. This combination makes architectural precast concrete ideal for projects where prestige, aesthetic appeal, economy, and durability are paramount.

 

Common Architectural Precast Products

Insulated Wall Panels. Designed, to the project’s specification, with two layers of concrete separated by a layer of insulation, these panels are referred to as a sandwich wall panels. Each concrete layer, also known as a wythe, can vary in thickness and be connected with one of many different types of systems. Insulated concrete wall panels typically come with one of three types of insulation sandwiched between its wythes:
  1. Polyisocyanurate
  2. Extruded polystyrene
  3. Expanded polystyrene
Columns & Beams. Designed for support and load bearing, precast columns and beams serve vital to the structural integrity of the structures they support. They also serve as an aesthetic complement to the structures overall architectural theme.

Common Finishes

Smooth form. Raw. This finish is concrete straight out of the framework. Most smooth form precast concrete is painted for a uniform, more attractive appearance.
Exposed aggregate. By removing a thin layer of mortar from the concrete’s surface, the individual pieces of aggregate used in the cement mixture are exposed.
Acid etched. Using a solution of hot water and muriatic acid, the top layer of cement is sprayed and the sand mix is revealed.
Brick. The concrete is formed, texturized, and painted to showcase the appearance of brick.
All the these finishes can be further customized by color, aggregate grade, sand type, and texture. It’s our guarantee to provide a solution for any aesthetic vision. 

Once everything is said and done, you are left with a highly-resilient, architecturally attractive product that meets both the vision of the architect and contractor. Combining both art and science, architectural precast concrete is revolutionizing the way we approach aesthetically based construction projects.