Monday, 15th November → Innovation workshop (11)

Adding value with Graphic Concrete

Concrete is a material with endless design possibilities. Working with Graphic Concrete will take the possibilities even one step further. The customers say that Graphic Concrete is enhancing the experience, the aesthetic quality, longevity as well as quality of the social environment. This aspect also matters when it comes to sustainability.  A durable and aesthetically attractive concrete surface will remain for a long time before the need for transformation will occur. Graphic Concrete encourages people in the construction industry to see concrete as the primary material for the facades as well as for the interiors. Concrete can be much more than just a hidden structure. Concrete structures often have some type of surface treatment or cladding added, covering the concrete itself. This is not needed when using Graphic Concrete – which means the amount of materials is kept to a minimum.

The Graphic Concrete technology is based on partly or fully exposing the aggregates on a precast concrete surface. Exposed aggregate surfaces are traditionally made using liquid retarders, sandblasting, or acid etching.  When working with Graphic Concrete, the dust inconvenience and use of hazardous materials is eliminated. The special Graphic Concrete paper used in the precast production is safe to work with and it does not emit any harmful substances. It is made of mostly Finnish wood, using 100% green energy.

The Graphic Concrete patterns have an exposure depth of only 1-2 mm. This means there is no need for structural changes, such as increased panel thickness. The amount of concrete is always kept to a minimum and the panels stay as light and slim as possible, even when patterned. High-quality precast concrete is potentially reusable. It is certain that an elaborated and aesthetically attractive precast concrete structure will motivate owners and users to maintain the building and the surfaces as well as possible. Good design is key when talking about sustainable solutions.

Related articles:

Issue 2019-08

Concrete-mosaic

(10) US 2019/0193458 Al (22) 27.02.2019 (43) 27.06.2019 (57) A method of forming an aesthetic surface on a concrete structure. The aesthetic surface includes a mosaic design including a plurality of...

more

NPCA: Manual for Jointed Precast Concrete Pavement

The NPCA Manual for Jointed Precast Concrete Pavement is a comprehensive technical manual describing jointed precast concrete pavement systems in detail and presenting a step-by-step guide that can be...

more

Free download: manual for jointed precast concrete pavement

The NPCA Manual for Jointed Precast Concrete Pavement is a comprehensive technical manual describing jointed precast concrete pavement systems in detail and presenting a step-by-step guide that can be...

more
Issue 2015-12 Lehde

Elaborate formliner turns service area into an eye-catcher

Lehde took part in a demanding building project, in the course of new construction and modernization works carried out at the service area “Sauerland Ost” in Lüdenscheid (Germany). The specialist...

more
Issue 2014-06 Hebau

Web support for planners and architects

Prompted by the increasing need for consultation services for planners and architects, the manufacturer of chemicals for enhancing the surfaces of concrete, Hebau, has set up on its website...

more