Finishings

The power of architectural concrete is the limitless creative options it offers regarding shape and texture. This offers the designer endless opportunities and limitless combinations. Loveld is the perfect partner for the designer to search for the intended materialisation of the face of the building.

Smooth concrete

A smooth as struck surface is achieved by leaving the mould side of a concrete element untreated. Creating concrete with as even a surface as possible is one of the most difficult tasks. It demands great precision in composition of the concrete mix, great care when processing it and a perfect mould.

Structured concrete

A structured surface of the concrete is achieved by attaching a structure mat or patterns to the mould. This allows endless variations of surfaces to be created of raw ‘chiselled’ stone, bamboo structure, wood structure, masonry patterns, line patterns, etc.

Sandblasted concrete

The visible surface of the element is blasted under pressure with grit, eroding the surface. Depending on the grit’s hardness, blasting time and pressure, either just the grains of sand or also the larger granulates become visible. The result is a rough, matt surface.

Acid edged concrete

The visible surface of the concrete is treated with an acidic solution, causing the surface to obtain a fine, sandy structure. Depending on the intensity of the treatment and the type of aggregates, the affected depth and coarseness of the surface may vary.

Polished concrete

By grinding off about 3 mm of the upper surface, polished concrete expresses the colour palette of the fine and coarse granules, along with the cement paste. The actual polishing is done in multiple phases, using finer and finer grinding stones to achieve a higher gloss with every step. Depending on the customer’s wishes, we can supply any aspect ranging from a honed finish, through a satin gloss to high gloss surfaces.

Retarded concrete

A retarded concrete surface is usually characterised by making the coarser granules visible. This is achieved by putting a ‘retarder’ onto the mould, which slows the curing process of the cement, after which the surface of the concrete is washed under pressure after demoulding.

Inlay of materials

  • Natural Stone: Natural stone slabs are placed with the finished side facing down in the bottom of the mould, and are anchored into the concrete by means of stainless steel anchors. It’s even possible to have a cavity and insulation between the natural stone and the concrete inner cavity wall.
  • Brick: Brick strips are placed in the bottom of the mould with the nice side facing down, and lodged into the concrete elements. Through level differences in the bottom of the mould, recesses in the masonry can be achieved if desired. Corner elements, where the masonry pattern continues around the corner, are also one of the options. They make it possible to create precast brick buildings that are indistinguishable from buildings created with traditional bricklaying. Combinations with embedded natural stone are also perfectly feasible.
  • Ceramic tile inlays: Embedding vacuum-sucked tiles is one of Loveld’s specialties. Through of the vacuum-mould technique, the tiles aren’t just embedded in a perfect, size-holding way, but the seams are also being poured at the same time. Once removed from the mould and cleaned, the elements are ready for transport.

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