How is Graphic Concrete priced?
The Graphic Concrete membrane is sold directly to the local prefabrication factory, which sets the price for the finished concrete product.
The final price per square meter or feet of prefabricated Graphic Concrete depends on the type of panel and detailing, the concrete mix design and the chosen image or pattern. The final price is always given by the local precast producer.
Other factors affecting the overall costs are the required planning and production time.
Will my design affect the price of the membrane?
Yes, the Graphic Concrete membrane price depends on 3 factors:
1) The image size: the larger the image, the higher the price.
2) The amount of repetition. One copy of your image is the most costly option. When copying the same image many times, the price becomes more cost-effective.
3) The total amount of Graphic Concrete surface: the more surface the more cost effective.
The most cost effective is designing a repeating pattern on a large surface.
Does the type of image affect the price of the membrane?
Anything you can print on a piece of paper can be transferred to a concrete surface. It doesn't matter if the image is vector graphics or based on photography or a mix, only the size matters.
Our own ready-made GCCollection patterns fall into the most cost-effective price range, called GCBasic. You can design your own GCBasic pattern, not adding any costs.
Larger images fall into the price range called GCPlus. This applies to images larger than 3,2 x 3,2 m (10' 6'' x 10' 6'').
What else will affect the cost?
Some patterns are easier to use in precast production than others.
The most cost effective patterns are the ones that do not need to be placed on the panel in any specific way, or continue seamlessly from one panel to the other.
These patterns save planning costs, because specific placement instructions are not needed in the shop drawings, since the membrane can be placed freely in the form.
These types of patterns also generate minimal membrane waste.
Our GCCollection Pebbles 25 pattern is an example of such a pattern.
Is there something else to remember?
Some patterns have a specific direction that needs to be kept in mind when placing the pattern on the panels.
An example of such a pattern is GCCollection Stripes. In order to have the stripes to continue over the whole facade, you need to give specific instructions on either the horizontal or vertical placement on the panels.
These types of patterns are fairly easy to use in precast production, but requires some instructions in the shop drawings.
Does the panel size affect the Graphic Concrete membrane price?
Some patterns require both specific horizontal and vertical placement. Usually, these patterns have large graphics, and look better if they continue seamlessly from one panel to another.
These types of patterns or images require very precise placement instructions in the shop drawings.
If choosing such a solution, having a constant panel size will save both planning and production time. The same image/pattern can then be repeated on all the panels. There will be a fair amount of membrane waste if the panels are of different sizes.
Send us the specifications for your project and we will estimate the cost of the membrane and help you find the optimal solution.
Graphic Concrete is a cost-efficient alternative compared to any other precast concrete surfaces. It is ready for use and does not require any additional surface treatment or coating. This minimizes construction time at the beginning of the project, while the maintenance-free surface keeps costs down over the entire lifespan. If wanted, a sealer or anti-graffiti treatment can be applied. The most cost-effective solution is to use a repeating pattern in large volumes.
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