Concrete can be shaped and processed in such a variety of ways, that as a building material, it is unmatched in its versatility. Concrete is often thought of as a building material that provides support and structure, but not necessarily aesthetics. Architectural concrete is concrete that is permanently exposed to view, so careful attention needs to be paid to the material used as well as the form and finish. The flexibility of concrete allows designers and architects to use innovation and imagination to create increasingly impressive buildings and facades. The practical benefits of strength, longevity and affordability also make architectural concrete a popular choice.
Concrete is increasingly being used as a building material of choice for architects. It can be cast into any shape and size, which means design possibilities are virtually limitless. It can be used to create an elegant façade or as the main material for a building that is both durable and unique. Modern home designs incorporating architectural concrete are becoming increasingly creative and impressive. If you want to build a home that is really going to stand-out and ‘wow’, passers-by, you should definitely consider this option. Architectural concrete can also look great when incorporated with other materials like glass, wood or steal.
Architectural Concrete Surfaces and Finishes
The amazing options available in concrete finish techniques are another reason for the popularity of architectural concrete. Add real character to the surface with exposed aggregates such as colored natural stone or even shell or polished glass. The addition of marble for example, can give the whole surface the appearance of a marble wall without the cost. There is plenty of choice when it comes to pigments and dyes allowing concrete to be transformed into any color you desire. Exposed concrete can also be polished, be textured with concrete stamping or have designs etched in.
Advantages of Architectural Concrete
If you are considering incorporating architectural concrete into your home or other building, it comes with a number of advantages, on top of the almost limitless design possibilities. Concrete is a material that lasts, and it is resistant to pests, chemicals and decay. It is an economical and affordable choice. The initial outlay for materials, building and installation tends to be cheaper than other building material choices, and there are long term benefits as well. Buildings that use concrete tend to have lower heating and cooling bills, so the cost-savings continue well into the future. As well as this, its strength makes it more resistant to natural disasters and fire.
At Vancouver Concrete Stamping we have developed an industry-wide reputation of providing innovative and first-rate architectural concrete services. We work with a number of architects and construction companies and have helped bring to life architecturally designed homes and other buildings. By combining decades of experience with the latest in modern building technologies, we are able to deliver our customers excellence as we skilfully turn their architectural concreting designs into reality. If you think your home or business property could benefit from the versatility and beauty of architectural concrete, talk to our team.