Concrete is the most widely used building material in the world. As Jay Merrick explained in his Independent piece on the subject: “[concrete is] usually the most banal of building materials…But when [it] is used by brilliant architects and engineers, the results are riveting. Even today, the world’s first iconic concrete structure…the Pantheon in Rome…seems breathtaking.” Many people undervalue the beauty of concrete precisely because this substance is so popular, but it can be molded into stunning creations. If you only shop for stock concrete pieces, you’re missing everything this versatile material has to offer. At D.C. Kerckhoff, we manufacture cast stone concrete items for contractors, architects, designers, and homeowners around the world, so we understand their true potential. In the following blog, we explain the top five reasons to choose custom concrete casting over stock pieces.
1. You can get exactly the look you want.
Our experienced team can make personalized pieces for you according to your specifications. You can choose the tone, style, texture, size, and design of your concrete creations. For example, we offer eight different finishes and more than a hundred standard colors for you to pick from. Fitting pre-made pieces into your plans can be quite a struggle, costing you valuable time and ultimately leaving you dissatisfied with your results. When you work with D.C. Kerckhoff, you can rest assured that your outcomes will meet or exceed your expectations.
2. We’ll help you refine your design.
When you opt for custom concrete casting, our team can also help you make the most of your design ideas. We’ll work closely with you every step of the way. D.C. Kerckhoff even uses advanced computer software to produce detailed shop drawings and digital takeoffs with our advanced computer software.
3. You can trust in the quality of your pieces.
If you purchase stock pieces, you can’t be fully sure how they were made or where they came from. Since it’s such a widely used material, concrete is often mass-produced as inexpensively as possible, which might not bode well for the longevity of your structures. D.C. Kerckhoff has been custom manufacturing concrete for more than four decades, so we know how to do it well. We’ve updated our stone casting techniques to reflect the latest advances and even trademarked our Stone Cast™ name so that customers don’t confuse our extraordinary products with our competitors’. In addition, we make every piece to go above and beyond the American Society for Testing of Materials’ strict standards. The D.C. Kerckhoff team prides itself on our outstanding craftsmanship and high quality. We’d be happy to discuss the manufacturing process with you in more detail so you can feel confident in your concrete pieces.
4. Your concrete pieces will suit their particular function better.
Buying stock pieces for a complicated design can feel a bit like trying to jam a square peg into a round hole. Rather than letting what’s available constrain your plans, you can improve the function of your products by choosing custom concrete casting. We’ll help you design and fabricate pieces that match your needs. D.C. Kerckhoff regularly works on bowls, planters, pool copings, hardscape, balustrades, columns, and more. We’ll make sure your pieces serve their intended purpose while contributing to the aesthetics of your space. To illustrate the functional power of custom casting, take a look at our project for Disney Polynesian. D.C. Kerckhoff used innovative techniques to create concrete pieces that looked like Sabal Palm tree trunks, creating a durable, attractive decorative element that would have been impossible to achieve with stock pieces.
5. You can express your unique personality.
Why would you want cookie cutter concrete when you can have custom casting? We can individualize your design to make it unique. Customized cladding could add unique flair to your exteriors, the right copings and caps could jazz up your gates, and beautiful bases could make your walls stand out. Custom concrete casting can make your home feel more like yours or enhance your business’s brand. For example, by casting over 85,000 distinctive pieces for the Four Seasons Orlando, we helped heighten the luxurious appeal of this landmark hotel.
Contact D.C. Kerckhoff Today for Custom Concrete Casting
Are you ready to experience the benefits of custom concrete casting for yourself? Contact us today to learn more about our services or schedule a consultation.