Private residence supplied by Haddonstone

Churchfields supplied by Pennine Stone

Ascot Mews development supplied by Haddonstone

MORI site supplied by Pennine Stone

supplied by PDE

Private Residence supplied by Haddonstone

Wyncliffe Gardens supplied by Pennine Stone

How cast stone adds value to housing

Cast stone architectural detailing fits in with any style of housing, whether it’s finished in stone, brickwork or render. This hugely popular material is used for newbuild, extension and refurbishment projects, including areas of sensitive planning constraints, or where quarried natural stone is a predominant material.

Cast stone is finding a growing market with house builders and self-builders who want their properties to stand out. There’s a simple reason why. Cast stone offers class at an affordable price. The material adds kerb appeal, saleability and provides a close match to quarried natural stone at a fraction of the cost.

An Ipsos MORI poll revealed a strong public preference for cast stone and that 79% of people would pay an average 4.9% extra for a new house with cast stone details compared to one without.

 

Where house builders can use cast stone

Cast stone architectural details turn even the plainest house facade into something special. Simple and economical to use, there are numerous ways to add interest from ground level to gable:

Openings: cast stone window surrounds, heads, cills (or sills) and keystones

Entrances: cast stone porticos, columns, pilasters and entablatures, architraves, cornices, steps

Walling: cast stone architraves, cornices, quoins, string courses, plinths

Gables and balconies: cast stone balustrading, parapet screening, plaques, brackets and corbels

Solid masonry: cast stone ashlar blocks, also known as reconstructed stone

Around the house: cast stone copings, piers and pier caps, spheres, finials, treads and risers

In the garden: cast stone balustrading, pool surrounds, fountains, seats, urns, planters and garden ornaments

 

Choosing the right cast stone supplier

Not all cast stone manufacturers are the same. Most operate without adequate quality assurance or testing regimes and may not be working to the proper standards. House builders should specify cast stone from an UKCSA Member to guarantee you are getting the best.

The National House Building Council (NHBC) recognises cast stone in its Standards and states: ‘The use of features made from cast stone should comply with the latest version of BS1217. Better still, use the higher standards adopted by UKCSA members.’

The UK Cast Stone Association has its own Quality Mark Scheme for cast stone, which all UKCSA manufacturing members are required to comply with. The UKCSA Quality Mark gives further reassurance to users and specifiers of cast stone, that the cast stone they are using which has been purchased from an UKCSA Member is durable, and produced to the highest standards.


Technical aspects of cast stone

Some of the key technical aspects of cast stone standards, manufacture, design and use are considered within the updated and extended UKCSA Technical Manual for Cast Stone. The full UKCSA Technical Manual for Cast Stone is available to view online: view Technical Manual for Cast Stone, or is available to downloaded and print on the Downloads page.

 

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All data on this website is for information only and is to the best of our knowledge current and correct. UKCSA presents this information without guarantee and cannot be held liable for any consequential claims. UKCSA members will be able to advise you in more detail on all aspects of cast stone specific to their products and supply.

 
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