The Cement Elegance Difference Since 1997, Cement Elegance has been designing and fabricating decorative architectural and utilitarian concrete products for residential and commercial use.
Mix Design The less water used in a mix, the stronger the cured concrete. We developed NatureCast Concrete to use a low water mix design. This achieves fluid workability for forming and leveling which then produces a very strong and fast curing product.
The Form and Core Technology Typical decorative concrete is poured solid. We developed NatureCast Concrete to use a core and form technique that allows us to use only one-eighth of the amount of concrete. This reduces the weight and allows us to provide you with a crack free warranty.
The Finish Historically, the acrylic sealers used to protect concrete surfaces have not been very effective. With the evolution of sealer technology, we use the most effective products available today. The success of the topical sealer technique we developed allows us to provide you with a stain free warranty.
By applying the latest technologies of reinforcement, expedited curing and stain protection, Cement Elegance is producing the most advanced concrete products available today. Our products are user-friendly, durable and environmentally friendly—simply the smartest choice.
NatureCast Concrete is only 10 lbs per square foot at 1.5 inches thick and 11.5 lbs per square foot at 2 inches thick (solid concrete is 25 lbs per square foot at 2 inches thick). This allows for most counters to be installed with fewer seams and in some cases, zero seams. Also, there is no need for additional structural support in the cabinetry. This lightweight technique also allows for creative and distinctive design ideas to be realized in integral sinks, fireplace surrounds and more.
With the exception of our reinforcing techniques and a few additives used for curing and workability, NatureCast Concrete is made up of sand, water and cement. These are the same primary ingredients that have been used for centuries to make concrete structures; some of which are still around and in use after 2000 years. By applying the most advanced technologies in reinforcement, curing and construction design, NatureCast Concrete has tensile strengths two times that of solid concrete, bending strength four times that of solid concrete and reaches compression strengths up to 11000 PSI. NatureCast Concrete also has 40% better water absorbing ratios than that of traditional concrete and can be used in both interior and exterior applications. This strength allows for unsupported overhangs on counters, hearths, mantles, etc. of up to 16 inches.
Because environmental impact is a growing concern in our society today, we continue to exercise due diligence in the procurement of our raw materials and in our construction practices. Eighty five percent of the raw materials used in NatureCast Concrete is manufactured in Oregon, 10% of the raw material is a post industrial waste product, leaving only 5% of the raw materials sourced out of state. Local production of NatureCast Concrete reduces transportation costs and fuel, and because it is custom-made to fit, we eliminate the waste inherent in other solid surface goods. NatureCast Concretepromotes a healthy indoor environment with no volatile organic-based preservatives and no radon emission.