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Textures

for CMU

Manufactured textures include:

PRECISION
Smooth, as molded finish.
  SPLIT FACE
Rough face with exposed aggregates.
BURNISHED
Precision faces ground to expose aggregates.
SHOT-BLAST
Precision faces shot-blast to roughen the surface for textural effects. *
COMBED
Precision with a "broomed" appearance.
SLUMPED
Adobe-like, our Slumpstone™.

Variations of texture are inherent in cmu and create the warmth and character of a masonry wall.

* Note that field sandblasting is a popular, successful method of achieving an alternative texture. After the walls are built, and other trades that may work around the walls are finished, a clean-up sandblast is often done as the most effective method to remove the staining and soiling that normally occurs during construction. By applying a heavier blast that gets in to the aggregates, you can create an attractive texture at the same time the walls are cleaned.

Sandblasting the completed wall allows maximum control over uniformity of texture as the entire field can be seen, giving the contractor opportunity to adjust as needed. Shot-blasting is essentially an automated process that cannot adjust for variability in the hardness of individual units; therefore the degree of texturing will vary from unit to unit.

CMU Basics - Textures