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440 - Cast in Stone
Legend / Cast Stone
What is Cast Stone?
Dating back to around 500 BC, cast stoneis a mix of crushed stone that has beencompressed under extreme pressure into apre-designed shape or form to create a man-made limestone. We call it hand-forged stone.A similar technique is used in metal casting.This technique is very similar to that usedby children everywhere to build sand castlesby pressing moist sand into a bucket, only ona much grander, more permanent scale.The final result of the process is a hand-forged limestone that is very difficult todistinguish from natural limestone.The primary difference between cast stoneand natural stone is cast stone's ability to beformed into complex shapes and designswhile maintaining the strength characteristicsof natural stone.
Cast Stone Vs.Natural Limestone?
When comparing cast stone products toquarried stone, three factors need to be takeninto consideration: Time, Cost and Durability.
When considering the production time forstone products, it is important to remember thatnatural stone is hand carved. When makingstone parts with intricate design work, such as aCorinthian capital, thesame amount of time isinvolved in reproducingeach individual part.When using cast stone,time involved with creatingthe original design work islimited to the first stoneproduced. Replication isthen easier, faster andmore cost effective thanin natural stone.
In considering cost, remember that eachpiece of natural stone will cost the same,because each one is hand carved.When using cast stone, the major cost is inmaking the original form and the first stone.Subsequent stones from the same tooling canbe made for as much as 30% less than the costof natural stone.
Will Stone Legends come andmeasure on site?
Stone Legends shop drawings have beensimplified so that only the major controldimensions are plainly established forverification from the client. For this reason, you
Where can I see StoneLegends products installed?
We have furnished stone for projects invirtually every major city in the US. Our stoneadorns the finest homes, commercialbuildings, churches, and universities in thecountry. We can direct you to nearby projects,understanding that many times they may be inexclusive communities with limited access.We do not give out specific addresses onprivate homes without the owner's permission.As often as possible, we try to let you knowabout stone that has been installed in publicplaces, such as restaurants, hotels, officebuildings or in public parks.
Cast stone is more durable than naturallimestone due to the process by which it isproduced. By hand-forging each part, caststone gains strength and durability without theair pockets that are common in natural stoneStone Legends' greatest assets are complexshapes and the crispness of detail.Our advantage comes from the vastexperience of our craftsmen and artisans. Eachstone is handmade, maximizing the versatility oflow yield quantities.
How long willcast stone last?
Structures from the Roman Empire builtusing cast stone parts are still in existencetoday, more than2000 years later.Since a timetest for cast stonehas not yet beendeveloped, it isdifficult to state just how long acast stone part willlast. However, it issafe to say thatyour cast stone willlast many lifetimes.
What is the production timefor cast stone?
Many factors must be considered in thedetermination of production time for caststone. In most cases, production time rangesfrom four to eight weeks after Stone Legendsreceives the approved shop drawings.Some time considerations includecomplexity of the job, the amount of stonebeing produced, and the current supply anddemand of cast stone products.Stone Legend's national reputation forsuperior cast stone causes a constantdemand for our stone products. The bestadvice is to order your stone early.will not incur any expenses for onsitemeasuring.Stone Legends stands behind its work andtakes full responsibility for all stone details anddimensions. Based on the control dimensions,our designers are highly trained and devotespecial attention to the fine points, including joinery and pre-formed miters and other complexshapes.You verify the major dimensions, StoneLegends takes care of the rest. For anadditional expense, site visits can be includedin your project.
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