Footings and Support
Almost as important as the Architectural Concrete wall construction is the footing or grade beam support beneath it. Our first step when starting any concrete construction project is to confirm all blueprint grades work with onsite conditions. We want to make sure footing, grade beams and piles are low enough not to be seen after final landscape grading but high enough, so we are not burying much of the concrete wall. For more information on “footing” or any other support; you can view our Concrete construction page.
Paper face Architectural Concrete Walls
The most common of our concrete walls are paper face concrete walls. These walls are built with new plywood with a smooth paper surface; there is no wood grain as a typical plywood sheet would leave. These walls are evenly spaced with cam lock ties, when these forms are stripped from the wall and plastic cones removed, you are left with a smooth wall with ¾” circular impressions at roughly 16” intervals.
Light Sandblast Architectural Concrete Walls
A lightly sandblasted architectural wall looks much the same as a paper face wall, with some cement paste removed to reveal the sand fines. This should not be confused with sandblasted Exposed Aggregate walls as listed below. Light Sandblasted walls can be achieved with of course sandblasting, but also can be obtained through high-quality concrete retarders. These concrete retarders are applied before the wall is assembled and they retard the surface of the wall permanent so the wall can be washed later. This method is desirable when sandblasting is not practical.
Exposed Aggregate Concrete Walls
This style of a wall has the cement and fines sandblasted or washed off exposing the Aggregate. Different size aggregates, differently coloured aggregate and colour in the concrete mix offers many combinations. Exposed Aggregate Concrete walls are a great compliment to aggregate flatwork and another reason not to parge a Concrete wall.
Board Form Architectural Concrete Walls
A trendy style of Architectural Concrete Walls is to use wood boards or planks and line the inside of the Concrete forms with them. When the boards are removed, you are left with a wood-grained board patterned concrete wall. Board form walls like many aspects of Concrete has few limits, different sizes, thickness, and grains make each wall unique. To obtain heavy wood grains texture we often lightly Sandblast the wood, this creates even more texture which is most often desired. This style of concrete wall is the most expensive of our three most popular architectural walls
Architectural Concrete Planters
Architectural walls make great planters, combining beauty and strength. Many contemporary homes have exterior planters bring nature and concrete together. Concrete planters make the entrance of a house much more inviting and well homey. Board Form, Architectural sandblast, Exposed Aggregate and paper-face Camlock can be used for Concrete Planters.
Concrete Feature Walls
Concrete feature walls are great additions for residential or commercial exteriors and interiors. Architectural concrete feature walls must be considered early in the construction stage, as the formwork required is much more difficult when it has to be squeezed into a defined half finish space. So if you are Considering having a Feature wall, contact us now as additional footing will be required when the main house footing is poured.
Rustifications and Chamfers
Architectural walls always look nicer when Rustifications and chamfers are added to the formwork. Rustifications are pieces of wood or foam attached to the formwork before the concrete wall is formed when the wall forms are stripped later the Rustifications leave a decorative imprint as desired. Chamfers are bevels on all exposed corners of a concrete wall, providing a decorative element while also reducing the risk of corner chipping.
Cost of Installation
The cost of installation varies greatly depending on access; style desired, quantity, engineering and more. Each architectural wall is priced on a per job basis, to have your concrete wall quoted, please contact us today.