Reconstructed Stone – recon. for short and also known as architectural or self-finished concrete, simulates the appearance and quality of natural stone. Because of its strength, three-dimensional adaptability and the quality of textures, reconstructed stone enables architects to create in a way not possible with any other material.
Techrete products are low-maintenance, fire-resistant, durable, energy efficient, benefit from good acoustic performance and are of the highest quality. Inspection takes place at each stage of manufacture in accordance with the independently certified quality system – ISO 9001.
Reconstructed stone is by far our most popular product and it simulates the appearance and quality of natural stone.
There are many advantages to using this versatile material. Due to its inherent strength, 3D adaptability and the quality of textures, recon. stone provides architects with an incredible amount of flexibility in terms of their design.
Reconstructed Stone Finish Types
Polished / Honed
Automated polishers ensure a smooth, uniform appearance. Polished surfaces shed water and dirt easily, requiring minimal maintenance.
A light wash-down with dilute acid solution gives panel a lightly textured stone finish which resembles the appearance of limestone or sandstone.
To achieve this effect, air-driven grit is used to expose the aggregate abrasively and reveals a deeper texture.
Exposed / Retarded
Retarder prevents the mix at the surface from setting properly and the excess is washed off, exposing the top surface of the base aggregate.
Applied / Veneered Finishes
Traditional building materials such as natural stone, as well as brick, terracotta and ceramic tile, can be applied to precast concrete in a process known as veneering. The veneer material is incorporated during the casting phase and the resulting product benefits from all of the advantage of precasting, whilst maintaining the look and feel of traditional building materials and techniques.
Our veneered products offer all of the same advantages over traditional building materials as Techrete reconstructed stone and GRC products.
Some advantages unique to applied products include:
Applied / Veneered Finish Types
Natural stone precast cladding is an increasingly popular technique in which precast concrete acts as a carrier for a veneer of a wide range of natural stones, including granite, limestone, slate, sandstone and marble.
Brick-faced panels offer all the advantages of the natural materials and provide a great alternative to traditional construction methods. Windows can be incorporated into the panels at our factory and installed as one unit onsite.
Terracotta / Tile
Terracotta-faced precast cladding, also offers many benefits over the traditional building methods. Reduction of on-site activities reduces costs, shortens construction periods and cuts interim financing costs.