Graphic Concrete is an innovative product that enables durable patterns and images to be produced on precast concrete walls. As a member of the Altus Group we can sell and produce this very unique product which allows artwork and designs to be cast directly into the concrete.
Graphic Concrete prints designs on durable paper membranes using concrete retarder instead of ink. We lay the membranes into our forms and cast on them normally, similar to how we would an exposed aggregate project. Once the panel is stripped the membrane is removed and then just like in exposed aggregate, the face of panel is pressure washed to reveal the pattern. The pattern will now permanently emblaze the high quality precast wall panel.
So…Precast Isn’t Just Gray?
Precast wall panels do not automatically wear a boring gray hue. Architectural precast can be cast in almost any color, form or texture to meet aesthetic and practical requirements. Special sculptured effects can provide visual expressions, such as strength and massiveness or grace and openness. The long term effects of weathering can also enhance the appearance of properly designed shapes and colors.
Cement, fine aggregate, pigment and depending on the exposure, coarse aggregate are what affect the color of concrete. Cement usually comes in white or gray and is very sensitive to color variations from its raw materials and manufacturing process.