Cast stone or reconstructed stone is a concrete masonry form of artificial stone that simulates natural cut stone used in unit masonry applications. Cast stone is an excellent replacement for natural cut limestone, brownstone, sandstone, blue stone, granite, slate, coral, travertine, and other natural building stones as well as terra-cotta. It is used for architectural features: trim, or ornament; facing buildings or other structures; statuary; garden ornaments. Cast stone can be made from white and/or grey cements, manufactured or natural sands, crushed stone or natural gravels, and colored with mineral coloring pigments to achieve the desired color and appearance while maintaining durable physical properties which exceed most natural cut building stones.
Brief History of Cast Stone:
The earliest known use of Cast Stone dates about to the year 1138 and extensively used in London in the year 1900 and have gained widespread acceptance in America in 1920.
Today, Cast Stone have become a truly superior alternative to natural stone product. Its versatility and ability to simulate or reproduce almost limitless variety of natural stones combined with strength and weathering qualities, and ability to replicate with consistency makes cast stone an ideal material for building, remodeling, and restoration.
Additional information is available on link pages. Organizations such as the Cast Stone Institute (http://caststone.org/) and the AIA (https://www.aia.org/) will further provide more detail information on Cast Stone and its process.