Decorative cast stone is a highly refined building material manufactured from a mixture of portland cement, coarse aggregates and fine aggregates to simulate natural cut stone. Cast stone can be used to make, among other things, fireplaces, mantels, hearths and columns. Cast stone can be precast or poured on site.
Because concrete is so versatile, design options are nearly endless. Stains, colored aggregates and special molds can help homebuilders and homeowners achieve numerous colors.
Concrete mantels and fireplaces add a touch of class and prestige to any interior. As homeowners are looking for more natural environments in their homes, cast stone gives them the look of real stone, brick and even wood.
Find additional information on Architectural/Decorative Concrete on the PCA website.
The Architectural Precast Association (APA) is a not-for-profit trade association organized to serve the informational, technical and business needs of Architectural Precast Concrete manufacturers and their suppliers and to promote high standards of workmanship throughout the industry.
The Cast Stone Institute is an organization of cast stone manufacturers, associates, professional architects, engineers, and concrete technologists formed for the purpose of improving the quality of cast stone and disseminating information regarding its use.
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