Cast stone DEFINED
Like its name implies, cast stone (also called precast concrete) is an architectural, stone-like product which is cast from molds of all shapes and sizes.
Typically, cast stone products such as Window Sills and Wall Caps are modular in design, made at 24" or 36" lengths, and installed by construction professionals and masons.
There are two basic types of cast stone materials:
- Traditional cast stone
- Lightweight cast stone (also called GFRC)
Traditional cast stone is solid at its cross-section, resulting in heavier, robust pieces that are similar to most natural stone products in weight, durability, and longevity. Traditional cast stone is a great, economical option for simpler items such as Pavers, Stair Treads, Moldings, and when weight is not a concern.
Lightweight cast stone (or GFRC) is visually identical to traditional cast stone (from the outside) but has a hollow interior and is made out of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC). Due to GFRC's increased strength and decreased weight, we're able to fabricate much larger, and more complex pieces than is possible with traditional cast stone.
Both variations of cast stone products are available in a wide variety of colors and finishes. At Ravacast, we offer Smooth, Sandstone, and Travertine finishes, with nearly a hundred colors to choose from, and are capable of engineering custom colors and finishes as well.
When considering the level of customization available with cast stone, it's easy to see how these architectural products can be a great fit for just about any project.