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Cast Stone: Why vapour curing is the only way

Andrew ALL, Cast Stone Leave a Comment

Is vapour-cured semi-dry cast stone the look that so many builders are going for? The answer is yes, and there are a number of reasons why but before we explain, we will look at the different products on the market. Wet cast, semi-dry or GRC? The myth surrounding cast stone is that semi-dry is an inferior product to wet cast …

Cold weather

Concrete lintels and the cold: Avoiding a ‘snap’

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Flooring 2 Comments

With the arctic wind driving our temperatures down over the next few weeks, producing quality concrete becomes a different challenge. Concrete cures with a process called hydration. The colder the ambient temperature, the longer this process takes. At very low temperatures the chemical reaction won’t work and the concrete will not gain any strength. Because of this, it is imperative …

Lintel installation tips

Lintel installation: 17 essential tips

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Steel Lintels 3 Comments

Installing lintels is pretty straightforward but we often get asked for advice and tips on the installation of both our prestressed concrete lintels and steel lintel products. Here we round up 17 tips, which can be found in various parts of our brochure but have collected for you in one handy blog post. General installation tips for steel and concrete …