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Cast Stone is stronger than most natural cut building stones and therefore will generally require no reinforcing when used as a replacement for natural cut stone.

When desired, Cast Stone can offer the beauty of natural stone with the structural advantages of precast concrete by including reinforcing bars in the design. Design reinforcement the same as for precast concrete except that wire mesh and reinforcing cage assemblies should not be used. Instead use deformed bars meeting the requirements of ASTM A615. We use grade 60 epoxy-coated bars in all cases where reinforcement is shown.

Where reinforcing is required due to structural stress, temperature changes or safety in handling large pieces, refer to Specification Section on reinforcing.