Cast stone has been a building material used across the world for thousands of years. In fact, the earliest reported use of cast stone dates back to 1138 in France while it rose to extensive use within the UK during the 19th century. In opposition to natural stone, it is a more cost-effective and versatile solution for many projects. In today’s blog, we’ll look at why cast stone continues to be so popular and whether its benefits will suit your next job.

What Is Cast Stone?

Natural stone is quarried from mines throughout the world. It houses types including granite, limestone and slate. In contrast, cast stone is produced in moulds. It is made by using a blend of both coarse and fine aggregates, blended together and designed to look like natural stone. This process allows you much more freedom to dictate factors such as strength, design and finish.

Benefits of cast stone

Some of the key reasons why this form of created stone is used over natural include:

Strength

With the ability to choose the blend and concentration of aggregates used in its construction, cast stone has significantly superior strength. This is one of the reasons why it can be used in more demanding jobs and those where heightened loads are expected.

Flexibility With Design

Carving natural stone into ornate or specific dimensions requires high levels of skill, labour and cost. Cast stone can be poured into moulds of all designs, giving you more freedom with your design and the ability to work with restoration projects or those with sensitive planning requirements.

Range of finishes

By varying the aggregate used, you can create stone castings of different colours and finishes. This allows you to match previously constructed structures or create statements.

Reduced Inconsistencies

Using natural stone ties you in with the organic inconsistencies and variations that occur with a natural product. The newest mixing methods used in both wet cast or semi-dry cast stone allows you to remove variations and imperfections for a more pristine finish.

Higher Resistance Against Low Temperatures

Cast stone has a reduced moisture absorption in comparison to natural stone. In turn, this allows it to withstand freezing/thawing repeatedly over time with a reduced risk of cracks or damage as a result.

Reduce Time Frame

Many cast stone manufacturers are based in the UK, 3D Pattern and mould makers are also UK based and ideally placed in the heart of the midlands. This results in a significantly reduced lead time and the flexibility to work with manufacturers for the desired result.