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REINFORCEMENTS—BASIC CONSIDERATIONS

 

Careful planning and engineering is required to properly reinforce and secure cast stone material to a structure, whether it be masonry, brick, wood or metal. Cast stone material can entirely cover a veneer wall, can be a long balustrade, a series of columns, coping on a wall or an accent banding or water table sandwiched between stucco, brick or other masonry stone units. No matter the type of structure that is constructed, anchoring, supporting and reinforcing mechanisms need to be in place for security, safety and support purposes.

 

Lifting mechanisms must be utilized to support the cast stone piece as it is being positioned into place and holding it in place until the structural supporting system has been fully engaged. Proper advance proactive planning is required to ensure that cranes or hoists are in place for proper lifting.

 

Proper advance planning is required for a.) design of lifting inserts to be manufactured in the cast stone products, b.) cast stone pieces must be manufactured with properly placed slots that are used to fit into and onto anchor systems already installed on the structure, and c.) cast stone material must have anchors or inserts manufactured into them for proper placement and support.

 

Wooden layout forms can be created to assist in the alignment of an archway or span between two walls or structures. They help support materials during the installation as well as hold the unit in place during the drying of the materials.

 

Regardless of the system, design engineers and architects must be thoroughly familiar with the proper means of lifting cast stone material into place and securing cast stone to any type of structure.

 

Anchors should be:

Typical anchors include:

Standard Inserts include:

We cannot stress the importance of careful planning at the start as it will assist in eliminating disappointment for any homeowner, or commercial designer at the completion of the project. Additionally, it will assist in preventing any hazards (to both the cast stone material and personnel) during movement, shipping, installation, and later, should the proper reinforcements not be used. The cost of reinforcement is minimal compared to the time, energy, materials, and damages should re-designing have to transpire after the cast stone material is installed.

 

Structural engineers and architects familiar with cast stone should be consulted at the start of the project. Our design team is available for suggestions and ideas to assist you in your advance planning.

 

REINFORCEMENTS — BASIC CONSIDERATIONS (PDF)

 

The information within this and all our bulletins has been provided as a guideline and based upon statistical data and prior uses. We always suggest that you consult with your engineer, architect or contractor for the best design and use of cast stone for your project. Our design team is always available to answer any of your questions. We do not accept any liability from damages resulting from your interpretation of the data contained within.