Vasco Stone is a unique form of cast stone with a surface texture similar to Portland stone. In a number of important ways cast stone is markedly superior, one of its greatest advantages being price, which, piece for piece, is normally significantly less than that of quarried stone or natural stone.
Vasco Stone has identified the exacting requirements of its customers, both private and professional, and an on going research and development programme ensures that the highest standards are maintained.
Like quarried stone or natural stone, Vasco Stone can exhibit slight shade variations from piece to piece, reflecting the colour of the natural materials used in the cast stone production process. Customers should also be aware local quarried sand and natural pigments can produce a subtle colour variation between orders.
When cast stone planters are used in interior settings, a liner should be used as planters are made with drainage holes and the material has natural porosity. When interior architectural stonework is used in public areas it is advisable to seal the surface of the stonework with a clear sealer. Efflorescence, also known as lime bloom, may appear as a white deposit on the surface of any product containing cement or limestone. This is temporary and will disappear as a result of normal weathering, or may be removed with a proprietary acid washing agent. Under certain exceptional conditions a hairline fissure may occur in the surface of the product, a characteristic of any material using a cementitious binder. In normal circumstances, this will have no effect on the structural integrity of the piece.
All cast-in fixings and reinforcement used by Vasco Stone during the production process are non-ferrous, usually stainless steel.
Cast Stone has a long and illustrious history that intertwines with the great boom in classically inspired country house buildings from the eighteenth century onwards. Cast stone is referred to by many different names, including: simulated stone, manufactured stone, reconstructed stone, reconstituted stone, composite stone, cast stone and concrete.