Precast allows designers to create a wide range of aesthetic effects and colors, affordably incorporate historic elements, and integrate a diverse array of façade elements into a single precast panel.
Color, Form and Texture Versatility
Precast concrete allows a tremendous range of colors and textures through the use of formliners, aggregates, pigmentation, and various finishing techniques such as acid etching and abrasive blasting. Designers can create intricate bullnose, reveal, and
custom castings. Designers can also embed or veneer traditional materials (e.g. clay brick, stone, tile) into precast panels utilizing their natural beauty, while gaining the many high performance benefits of precast concrete.
Precast solves the problem of needing multiple products and trades to create a façade with different elements such as a base wall, window surrounds, coining, beltlines, and pediments. All those elements and more can be created in a single precast panel,
eliminating the need for frequent expansion joints and slip joints to account for differential movement, as well as flashing and other moisture management components.
Precast provides an affordable way to provide historic façade elements on even low-budget structures. Precast producers can mimic stone and window/door surrounds, for instance, to provide historical context on a budget. Thin-brick is real brick, engineered
to fit in forms that allow for arched openings, corbels, and numerous other masonry effects.