FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Cast Stone vs. Cut Stone’s Bottom Line
Cast stone is stronger as it is steel reinforced. Cast stone has a greater PSI (6,500) and less absorption (6% or less). Cast stone is more versatile and, as created by artisans at Dallas Cast Stone, can provide greatest color consistency. Averaged out, cast stone costs less than quarried stone.
Here are the reasons
Cast stone is a molded product and requires no further tooling after the template is made. Once the mold is made, repetitive applications like capstones and cornices make it powerfully cost effective. In contrast, each piece of cut stone must be carved individually. Cast stone freight costs are less. Usually quarried stone must be hauled from great distances like Indiana, the source of most limestone in this country.
What is cast stone?
Cast Stone is defined as a refined architectural concrete building unit manufactured to simulate natural cut stone, used in unit masonry applications. Cast Stone is a masonry product, used as an architectural feature, trim, ornament or facing for buildings or other structures. Cast Stone can be made from white and/or grey cements, manufactured or natural sands, carefully selected crushed stone or well graded natural gravels and mineral coloring pigments to achieve the desired color and appearance while maintaining durable physical properties which exceed most natural cut building stones. Cast Stone is an excellent replacement for natural cut limestone, brownstone, sandstone, bluestone, granite, slate, keystone, travertine and other natural building stones.
What is the most compelling reason I should choose Dallas Cast Stone over other manufacturers?
The company is family owned for almost 90 years, and our attention to detail is legendary.
How does cast stone compare with natural cut stone?
Cast stone is stronger (we inlay rebar), with a greater PSI (6,500) and less absorption (6% or less).
How does cast stone’s cost compare with cut stone?
Cast stone is cheaper: Once the mold is made, repetitive applications like capstones and cornices make it powerfully cost effective.
What types of colors can you produce, and can you match cast stone with old, cut stone and unusual colors for building additions?
With pigments and aggregates mixed by experienced craftsmen, we can imitate any hue imaginable.