Wet Cast Stone
As the most commonly used building material in the world, concrete has hundreds of product benefits and can be used over an endless number of applications.
Wet Cast Stone products are ideal for use in load-bearing situations and where structural support is needed or where there is a high degree of environmental exposure. Wet Cast has higher water content than Dry Cast and is poured into moulds then left to air cure over night. This results in a comparatively longer curing process, but produces a more durable stone with a higher tensile strength.
Why choose our Wet Cast Concrete?
Amber Precast can manufacture a range of Wet Cast components in almost any shape or size such as window and door surrounds, columns, self supporting arches and structural units. Wet Cast stone is not only useful for complex reinforcements, but also allows for the precise rendering of fine detail. Amber Precast provide a fully bespoke service offering a range of different surface finishes including light-etching or exposed aggregate.
Wet Cast Concrete has the ability to withstand harsh weather conditions and numerous freeze-thaw cycles and as it requires minimal support, it also provides the choice of structures being either fixed or freestanding. Wet Cast stone from Amber Precast is a firm favourite with our customers. They tell us that they like the surface texture which weathers more slowly than any Dry Cast stone. Some projects also call for a hard white finish which is durable and has a more contemporary feel.
Producing Wet Cast Stone in a factory allows for it to be monitored, tested and controlled resulting in a high quality product. At Amber Precast, our Compliance Department ensures that our Wet Cast products go through rigorous strength testing to ensure that its tolerances are always above industry regulations and standards. We also hold an ISO 9001 accreditation for quality management.
Wet Cast concrete has a multitude of qualities to reassure you that it’s fit for purpose over a vast range of applications. Not only does it provide strength, durability, and protection against the elements, but is also rot proof, fungus proof and mildew resistant.
Take a look at our other Product Profiles on Dry Cast Stone, Precast Concrete and Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) to see which material is suitable for you. Our Engineers are always happy to advise you on the most suitable material for your project needs and welcome the opportunity to work closely with you from design to completion and aftercare.
Amber Precast has the capabilities to design, shape and create Cast Stone products of almost any design, so the only limitation is your imagination. If you can dream it, we can shape it.
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Wet Cast Process
The wet cast method is similar to casting in plaster and provides a close-grained dense surface. It allows precise rendering of fine detail and, for structural elements, the use of complex reinforcements. Wet-cast cast stone units usually require secondary surface finishing and typical techniques include acid etching, grit blasting, hand or mechanical tooling and polishing. Wet cast mixes use considerably more water than the semi-dry process and are generally a through mix of the finished face. The mix design is especially critical to the process and the finished appearance. After the wet-cast mix is poured into the mould, it is compacted using a vibrating table or vacuum casting, or increasingly by the use of self compacting additives. Longer lead times are required for wet-cast cast stone as the process generally yields only one cast per mould per day.