cast stone guide for self-build projects

Oct 21, 2011

Free Cast Stone Guide for Self-builders

Procter Cast Stone has published The Self-Builder’s Guide to Cast Stone. This FREE guide has been specifically written to meet the needs of people contemplating or embarking on self-build projects. The cast stone guide explains what this versatile construction material can be used for, how it is manufactured and how easy it is to work with – both in terms of design and installation. Illustrated with a wealth of colour photographs, the guide benefits from a table of applicable cast stone British Standards and Eurocode, and sources of further information are listed.

Cast stone is a remarkably versatile construction material that is suitable for all types of self-build project including renovations, refurbishments, conversions, extensions and new-builds. While cast stone is often used to replicate natural stone features on period properties, it is equally appropriate for adding striking details to contemporary designs. Furthermore, cast stone complements brick-faced, rendered block-built and rendered timber-framed properties. Benefiting from reliable deliveries and being easy to design with and install, cast stone achieves maximum impact for minimal effort and cost.

The free guide for self-builders explains the options for standard or bespoke products for standard or bespoke products  manufactured to order, highlighting the design freedom offered by cast stone – almost any three-dimensional geometric form can be cast, incorporating elegant curves as well as straight-edged features and intricate details. A variety of standard cast stone colours is available to mimic natural stone types, or custom colours can be manufactured to order. Throughout the guide there are colour photographs of case studies to illustrate typical applications for cast stone, ranging from windows and doors, to porticos and walling products.

For the benefit of those not familiar with cast stone, the guide includes a description of the manufacturing  process and explains how this ensures reliable deliveries to agreed schedules – which can be difficult to achieve with quarried and dressed natural stone.

Also included within the guide is information about cast stone British Standards and Eurocodes, sources of further advice and where to see cast stone. Tips on design, site handling and installation are provided, though readers are encouraged to contact Procter Cast Stone for more detailed advice on these matters, which is available free of charge.

Follow the link to read an online version of The Self-Builder’s Guide to Cast Stone or a printer-friendly PDF copy is available from the Downloads section of the website. Alternatively, request a copy by telephoning or emailing

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