Residential Exterior/Interior Finishes
View more info The beauty of a Litecrete home is that it requires far less work on the part of the homeowner to keep it looking like new. There are a range of finishing options to consider.
The panels are manufactured on steel casting beds and the resulting smooth external finish is ready to be decorated. Paint, plaster or concrete stain can be used. Since Litecrete walls breathe, allowing water vapour (condensation) to move through the wall to the outside any paint, plaster or stain system should be vapour-permeable.
Natural Concrete Finish
A clear concrete surface can be used externally, however the following should be considered: The pumice aggregate includes volcanic minerals - even slight traces of small iron-bearing (mafic) stones - which can sometimes result yellowing to the surface and heavier surface figuring compared to standard concrete; durability is unaffected. We recommend the application of a vapour-permeable matt finish clear sealer to the natural concrete surface to prevent airborne grime building up on the surface and to allow easy cleaning by hosing down at least once a year. If a more consistent, blemish-free surface is required, then a vapour-permeable masonry paint or concrete stain should be considered. The also strongly recommend that architects and their clients visit the Wilco factory and check out typical Litecrete panel surface options prior to manufacture. Refer to Page 20/21 in the Litecrete Architectural Catalogue.
Rough-sawn Timber Finish
This popular finish (photo above) is produced by casting the panels on top of rough-sawn pine planks. The planks can be horizontally or vertically orientated. However, the rough texture from the timber dramatically increases the suction when taking the panels from the mould, compared to the standard smooth (F5) finish and this may restrict restricts maximum panel dimensions.
The smooth finish can be broken up by vertical or horizontal rebates which provides a cost-effective alternative.
Rubber formliners are available to replicate a multitude of surface patterns, however these are usually for the large budget projects.
All of these options translate into a Litecrete home costing a lot less to maintain over the long term.
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