The popularity of concrete as a material for indoor and outdoor floor surfaces is down to its strength, durability and the fact it’s made to last. Along with its durability, the sheer versatility of concrete also makes it an ideal choice for all types of buildings. It can be molded into almost any shape, so design possibilities are only limited by the imagination and it can take on a range of textures and colors. Architectural concrete is concrete that both serves a structural function for a building and as well as an aesthetic function. It is the concrete part of the building that is exposed and therefore care must be taken to ensure to not only serves it practical purpose but looks great as well.
Architectural Precast Concrete
One option with regards to architectural concrete is architectural precast concrete. This is a method of pouring concrete into a mold, curing it overnight and then using a choice of finishing techniques to produce a unique and decorative look. The finished concrete panel is then transported to the construction site where it is installed onto the structure. This method is fast to install, not dependent on the weather and there is virtually no limit to the design options.
Some people might be unsure about using concrete as the primary building material for their home, imagining it to be dull and utilitarian. This couldn’t be further from the truth and modern concrete homes are elegant and unique. Concrete’s versatility means it can be used for any architectural style, from the traditional to something more contemporary. At Fort Worth Concrete Stamping we have worked with many architects to help people build their dream home. Resistant to the elements, won’t burn in case of fire and energy efficient, concrete is also a smart building material choice for homes as it comes with a number of advantages.
There are a number of advantages in choosing architectural concrete for your commercial property. When you are running a business, budgets matter. Architectural concrete is not only a cost-effective building choice, it is also energy efficient. This means you reduce your businesses heating and cooling bills, keeping costs down in the long run. Because it is so dense and sturdy concrete also has sound-proofing qualities. This makes it a fantastic choice for businesses where noise may be an issue.
Architectural Concrete Finishes
Because architectural concrete is not only functional, but also, an exposed part of the building that is on view, it is important to get the finish right. There are many different options that clients can select for the finish of their concrete. Adding aggregates, pigments, paints and stains can all give a different final finish. As well as this there are various techniques that can be used to create a variety of textures. The clients design objectives will determine the finish used and we encourage our clients to browse through our images of the range we have available, and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions