At Concreations we offer 3 different but complimentary materials that provide our clients with a wide range of design, aesthetic and production possibilities.
These materials in their most simplistic form are Wet cast pre-cast concrete (Wet Cast), Fibre reinforced pre-cast concrete (GRC) and MicroConcrete.
It may be possible to create a product in any one of these materials however it is often better suited to one or perhaps two due to limiting factors such as site logistics including access/weight/size, the form complexity, the required aesthetic, practicality of use or budget.
This material is what would be considered a technical concrete. It can be cast thinner than standard wet cast concrete whilst retaining high strength and is stone like to touch. It needs no steel reinforcement in normal use due to the fibre content and the materials used in the mix are more refined so reduce the risk of rust spots when used outside, it is also more resistant to frost damage. Most of our projects are created using this material as it offers so many benefits over traditional wet cast concrete.
GRC can be sprayed, poured or hand applied to provide many different finishes, all of which can be coloured with pigments, textured through moulding or stencils or ground to expose decorative aggregates.
In use it is often applied as a thin skin (approx. 30mm) that covers the form of a one sided mould. This reduced thickness allows for far more creativity in form due to simpler moulds.
This material should be considered as ‘normal’ concrete. It is heavy, dense, thick and stone like to touch. It is normally precast in our workshop, upside down in a mould. It can be natural or pigmented to many different colours; etched to create subtle but effective surface patterns and reliefs; cast with mould inserts that will create deeper patterns and forms within the surface; ground to expose varying degrees of aggregate and have a surface finish from heavily textured to silky smooth.
* subject to how the product is to be used.
Whilst this material contains cement we consider it a faux concrete coating.
It is great where the look of burnished concrete is required however the weight and/or thickness of real concrete is prohibitive or unnecessary.
It can be applied in multiple ways to many different substrates to create almost limitless visual possibilities. We have used it for POS and shop interior panels and furniture, traffic flooring (over a suitable subsurface), tables, cash desks, reception desks to name a few possible applications.
Although we cannot guarantee the sealed surface to be 100% stain proof, we have undertaken rigorous tests (with the assistance of my 2 boys and the last 6 years of craft and food spilling!) and our Micro Concrete dining table surface is holding up very well.