Terracotta is a durable and waterproof ceramic material made from baked clay. Its reddish-brown color comes from the natural iron content in clay. Terracotta is used in everything from bricks and shingles, to decorative elements and ornament on buildings. It’s been a preferred material since ancient times by cultures around the world.
Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete is a cementitious mixture reinforced with glass fibers, as well as high-performance polymers and other additives. It is a superior construction material and offers a natural stone appearance, while being extremely strong, light, and moldable. GFRC can be formed into almost any shape – ornamental or structural. Significantly lighter than concrete, it is used often in architectural detail and ornament.
Unlike sidewalks or floors which are poured in place, precast concrete has been cast into form before being used in position. Precast concrete can be used to form many architectural features, from walls and panels, to pipes, tunnels and safety barriers. Precast concrete is extremely strong and requires minimal maintenance.
Granite is formed from molten rock which has been cooled over millennia. A coarse-grained, crystalline igneous rock, it has a rough, crusty surface and a rich coloration that varies depending on the different minerals in the particular granite. As a construction material, it is used in many ways, from rough-hewn blocks, to highly polished, decorative tiles and surfaces.
Marble is what is known as a “metamorphic rock”. It is mostly limestone rock that has undergone a chemical change from pressure or heat. Long considered an elegant and desirable material, it is is characterized by streaks or veins of color, and an ability to take to a highly polished finish. The color in marble is due to chemical impurities from a variety of minerals, and marble itself comes in a wide range of colors.
Limestone is derived from sedimentary rocks made, for the most part, from the mineral calcite in leftover marine organisms deposited on the floors of evaporated seas and lakes. Limestone has been a very popular building material in North America and Europe for centuries, and is the primary source of lime for cements. Limestone is particularly vulnerable to acid rain and weather conditions.