Our newsletter typically features beautiful Graphic Concrete projects. This time we will explain the process of making your own Graphic Concrete project. You need to know two important things before you start. The material you need to work with is CONCRETE. The concrete needs to be produced as PRECAST in a plant, not cast on site. Sounds reasonable? Well let’s go then!
Next, you need to specify Graphic Concrete as the surface treatment for the precast concrete panels. The specifications are country specific, so we will help you with this if needed. A local precast company will produce the Graphic Concrete panels and provide the panel price.
Before panel production starts, we will print the chosen graphic design with a special retarder on a proprietary coated paper. The paper is shipped in a roll to the chosen precast producer, which will use it in the panel production. The environmentally friendly paper is made mostly from Finnish wood and produced using only green energy.
At the precast plant, the Graphic Concrete paper will be trimmed to fit the shape of the casting form. The precaster will have worked with you ahead of time to develop an ideal panel size. The paper is used once- a new piece is used for each panel.
Concrete is cast atop the paper in the form. The panel is produced in a normal manner following our instructions. The Graphic Concrete paper can be used with traditional concrete as well as with lighter glass fiber reinforced concrete and similar mixes.
After curing, the panel is extracted from the form. The precaster carefully removes the Graphic Concrete paper, and powerwashes the panel with water. Clean paper can be recycled as normal energy waste.
Your image is revealed - the Graphic Concrete surface is ready!
Graphic Concrete surfaces are 100% concrete. They are durable, virtually maintenance free and beautiful!
We are here to help you make your Graphic Concrete project a success. Here you see some of us at the recent Architect@Work fairs in Barcelona and Paris. We would like to thank all attendants! Next up in Europe are BIBM Copenhagen and Architect&Work Madrid.