Think: precast = heavy, gray slab.
Rethink: precast = beautiful design element featuring a variety of architectural textures and colors.
Not only is precast concrete an incredible material for its cost savings, green properties and multitude of uses, at Precast Specialties Corp., we can also customize precast to elevate a project design. With a variety of architectural finishes available, meeting aesthetic design needs can be accomplished whether we are working on a new project or adding to an existing structure.
With finishes, the concrete texture can be modified, ranging anywhere from a honed or polished surface to a raw, more exposed, aggregate concrete surface. Our finishes include:
Light Sandblast: achieved by giving the precast panel a light sandblasting to remove the cement skin from the surface, resulting in a finish that is smooth, sand-textured
Medium Sandblast: achieved by sandblasting the finished surface to remove the matrix and expose and etch the coarse aggregate
Heavy Sandblast: achieved by sandblasting the surface to remove the matrix and expose and etch the coarse aggregate with the depth of the blast determined by the desired texture and the target color as influenced by the color of the matrix and the coarse aggregate
Exposed Aggregate – Waterwashed: achieved by the application of a chemical retarder to the surface of the form that prevents the matrix from hardening at the surface of the panel to a specific depth; after curing, this unhardened layer of matrix at the surface of the panel is removed by a high pressure water-washing, exposing the coarse aggregates
Thin Brick: achieved by placing the brick “tiles” into the form and casting concrete behind them to achieve a large precast panel with a brick veneer face, offering the look of brick with the benefits and efficiency of precast concrete
Form Liner: achieved by using a liner in the casting form to implant a particular finish to the face of the panel, the only design limitation being the imagination of the architect