Standard Specifications for Architectural Cast Stone
This specification provides basic requirements for Cast Stone, a refined architectural concrete building unit manufactured to simulate natural cut stone, used in Division 4 masonry applications. Cast Stone is a masonry product, used as an architectural feature, trim, and ornament or facing for buildings or other structures.
Materials and processes used for manufacturing Cast Stone vary according to the aggregates locally available to the manufacturers and the processes and techniques used by the manufacturers to obtain the desired appearance and physical properties. Of paramount importance in molding Cast Stone is the need to use a properly proportioned mixture of white and/or grey cements, manufactured or natural sands, carefully selected crushed stone or well graded natural gravel and mineral coloring pigments to achieve the desired appearance while maintaining durable physical properties.
Although a variety of casting methods are used, production conforming to this standard will exceed minimum requirements for compressive strength and weathering qualities essential for normal installations as a suitable replacement for natural cut limestone, brownstone, sandstone, bluestone, granite, slate, keystone, travertine and other natural building stones. The specifier should not prescribe the casting method.
It is hoped that this specification may be helpful to the specifiers in understanding the inherent qualities of
Cast Stone and its use. For details and samples of finishes available in your project area, contact your nearest
Cast Stone Institute® Producer Member.
Scope - Cast Stone shown on architectural drawings and as described in this specification.
Section – 01 33 00 – Submittal Procedures.
Section – 04 05 13 – Masonry Mortaring.
Section – 04 05 16 – Masonry Grouting.
Section – 04 05 19 – Masonry Anchorage and Reinforcing.
Section – 04 20 20 – Unit Masonry.
Section – 07 90 00 – Joint Protection.
ACI 318 – Building Code Requirements for Reinforced Concrete.
ASTM A 185 - Standard Specification for Steel Welded Wire Reinforcement, Plain, for Concrete.
ASTM A 615/A 615M - Standard Specification for Deformed and Plain Billet-Steel Bars for Reinforced Concrete.
ASTM C 33 – Standard Specification for Concrete Aggregates.
ASTM C 150 - Standard Specification for Portland Cement.
ASTM C 595 – Blended Cement
ASTM C 1157 – Hydraulic Cement
ASTM C 173 - Standard Test Method for Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete by the Volume Method.
ASTM C 231 - Standard Test Method for Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete by the Pressure Method.
ASTM C 260 - Standard Specification for Air-Entrained Admixtures for Concrete.
ASTM C 270 - Standard Specification for Mortar for Unit Masonry.
ASTM C 426 – Standard Test Method for Linear Shrinkage of Concrete Masonry Units.
ASTM C 494/C 494M - Standard Specification for Chemical Admixtures for Concrete.
ASTM C 618 – Specification for Coal Fly Ash and Raw or Calcined Natural Pozzolan for Use as a Mineral Admixture in Concrete.
ASTM C 666 – Standard Test Method for Resistance of Concrete to Rapid Freezing and Thawing.
ASTM C 979 - Standard Specification for Coloring Pigments for Integrally Pigmented Concrete.
ASTM C 989 – Standard Specification for Ground Granulated Blast-Furnace Slag for Use in Concrete.
ASTM C 1116 – Standard Specification for Fiber Reinforced Concrete and Shotcrete.
ASTM C 1194 - Standard Test Method for Compressive Strength of Architectural Cast Stone.
ASTM C 1195 - Standard Test Method for Absorption of Architectural Cast Stone.
ASTM C 1364 - Standard Specification for Architectural Cast Stone.
ASTM D 2244 – Standard Test Method for Calculation of Color Differences from Instrumentally Measured Color Coordinates.
Cast Stone Institute® Technical Manual (Current Edition)
Cast Stone - a refined architectural concrete building unit manufactured to simulate natural cut stone, used in Division 4 masonry applications.
Vibrant Dry Tamp (VDT) casting method: Vibratory ramming of earth moist, zero-slump concrete against a rigid mold until it is densely compacted.
Machine casting method: Manufactured from earth moist, zero-slump concrete compacted by machinery using vibration and pressure against a mold until it becomes densely consolidated.
Wet casting method: Manufactured from measurable slump concrete and vibrated into a mold until it becomes densely consolidated.
Comply with Section 01 33 00 – Submittal Procedures.
Samples: Submit pieces of the Cast Stone that are representative of the general range of finish and color proposed to be furnished for the project.
Test results: Submit manufacturers test results of Cast Stone previously made by the manufacturer.
Shop Drawings: Submit manufacturers shop drawings including profiles, cross-sections, reinforcement, exposed faces, arrangement of joints (optional for standard or semi-custom installations), anchoring methods, anchors (if required), annotation of stone types and their location.
Warranty: Submit Cast Stone Institute® Member Limited Warranty.
Certification: Submit valid Cast Stone Institute® Plant Certification.
Standards: Comply with the requirements of the Cast Stone Institute® Technical Manual and the project specifications. Where a conflict may occur, the contract documents shall prevail.
Mock-up (Optional) Provide full size unit(s) for use in construction of sample wall. The approved mock-up shall become the standard for appearance and workmanship for the project.
Warranty Period: 10 years.
Comply with ASTM C 1364
Physical properties: Provide the following:
Job site testing – One sample from production units may be selected at random from the field for each 500 cubic feet (14 m 3) delivered to the job site.
Portland cement – Type I or Type III, white and/or grey, ASTM C 150.
Coarse aggregates - Granite, quartz or limestone, ASTM C 33, except for gradation, and are optional for the Vibrant Dry Tamp (VDT) casting method.
Fine aggregates - Manufactured or natural sands, ASTM C 33, except for gradation.
Colors - Inorganic iron oxide pigments, ASTM C 979 except that carbon black pigments shall not be used.
Admixtures- Comply with the following:
Water – Potable
Fiber reinforcement (optional): ASTM C 1116
All anchors, dowels and other anchoring devices and shims shall be standard building stone anchors commercially available in a non-corrosive material such as zinc plated, galvanized steel, brass, or stainless steel Type 302 or 304.
Match sample on file in architect’s office.
All surfaces intended to be exposed to view shall have a fine-grained texture similar to natural stone, with no air voids in excess of 1/32 in. and the density of such voids shall be less than 3 occurrences per any 1 in.2 and not obvious under direct daylight illumination at a 5 ft distance.
Units shall exhibit a texture approximately equal to the approved sample when viewed under direct daylight illumination at a 10 ft distance.
Minor chipping resulting from shipment and delivery shall not be grounds for rejection. Minor chips shall not be obvious under direct daylight illumination from a 20-ft distance.
The occurrence of crazing or efflorescence shall not constitute a cause for rejection.
Remove cement film, if required, from exposed surfaces prior to packaging for shipment.
Reinforce the units as required by the drawings and for safe handling and structural stress.
Minimum reinforcing shall be 0.25 percent of the cross section area.
Reinforcement shall be noncorrosive where faces exposed to weather are covered with less than 1.5 in. of concrete material. All reinforcement shall have minimum coverage of twice the diameter of the bars.
Panels, soffits and similar stones greater than 24 in. (600 mm) in one direction shall be reinforced in that direction. Units less than 24 in. (600 mm) in both their length and width dimension shall be non-reinforced unless otherwise specified.
Welded wire fabric reinforcing shall not be used in dry cast products.
Cure units in a warm curing chamber
approximately 100ºF (37.8ºC) at 95 percent relative
humidity for approximately 12 hours, or cure in a 95
percent moist environment at a minimum 70ºF (21.1ºC) for
16 hours after casting. Additional yard curing at 95
percent relative humidity shall be 350 degree-days (i.e.
7 days @ 50°F (10°C) or 5 days @ 70°F (21°C)) prior to
shipping. Form cured units shall be protected from
moisture evaporation with curing blankets or curing
compounds after casting.
Cross section dimensions shall not deviate by more than ±1/8 in. from approved dimensions.
Length of units shall not deviate by more than length/ 360 or ±1/8 in., whichever is greater, not to exceed ±1/4 in.
Warp, bow or twist of units shall not exceed length/ 360 or ±1/8 in., whichever is greater.
Location of dowel holes, anchor slots, flashing grooves, false joints and similar features – On formed sides of unit, 1/8 in., on unformed sides of unit, 3/8 in. maximum deviation.
Mark production units with the identification marks as shown on the shop drawings.
Package units and protect them from staining or damage during shipping and storage.
Provide an itemized list of product to support the bill of lading.
Installing contractor shall check Cast Stone materials for fit and finish prior to installation.
Do not set unacceptable units.
Comply with Cast Stone Institute® Technical Manual.
Set stones 1/8 in. or less, within the plane of adjacent units.
Joints, plus - 1/16 in., minus - 1/8 in.
Location of joints:
Drench units with clean water prior to setting.
Fill dowel holes and anchor slots completely with mortar or non-shrink grout.
Set units in full bed of mortar, unless otherwise detailed.
Rake mortar joints 3/4 in. in for pointing.
Remove excess mortar from unit faces immediately after setting.
Tuck point unit joints to a slight concave profile.
Comply with requirements of Section 07 90 00.
Prime ends of units, insert properly sized backing rod and install required sealant.
Repair chips with touchup materials furnished by manufacturer.
Saturate units to be cleaned prior to applying an approved masonry cleaner.
Consult with manufacturer for appropriate cleaners top
Inspect finished installation according to Cast Stone Institute® Technical Bulletin #36.
Do not field apply water repellent until repair, cleaning, inspection and acceptance is completed.
Apply water repellent in accordance with
Cast Stone Institute® Technical Bulletin #35
or water repellent manufacturer’s directions.