Material selection is one of the most important choices you will make to the overall outcome of your construction projects. Understanding how different material options impact your bottom line leads to better informed decision-making. This course highlights the advantages that durable, non-combustible, low-maintenance materials and finishes bring to your projects, why architectural and decorative concrete is the smart choice for buildings and floors, and why concrete is a sustainable option.
Architectural veneer and cast stone are among the fastest growing decorative building products on the market. The aesthetics and variety of these masonry products have improved significantly, providing an attractive finished look at a lower cost that is hard to differentiate from authentic natural stone.
This course will discuss the composition, performance, and environmental benefits of architectural cast stone and veneers with an integral finish. You will learn how architectural cast stone and veneers with an integral finish save money and improve performance, as well as design and installation considerations for the product.
This course will cover why you should use manufactured stone veneer, including its features and benefits, as well as design and installation considerations for the product. It will explain the dry cast thin veneer manufacturing process and technology, as opposed to wet cast thin veneer, and the differences that lie between the two.
This course introduces styles, characteristics, options, colors, and product features that are available with modular precast concrete (MPC) products. MPC requires no ongoing maintenance, can be constructed faster and costs less than masonry structures, and should be strongly considered for fence, sound wall, barrier projects and retaining solutions. Competitive advantages and differences between MPC and other systems, as well as technical aspects, code concerns and construction logistics will be discussed.
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