Advantages Disadvantages Typical Uses
Semi-dry cast stone Multiple daily productions from each mould Lower compressive strength than wet cast Smaller, easy to handle items such as balustrade components, caps, coping, quoins etc.
Less labour intensive (less cost) Less adhesion of stone to reinforcement (if present)
Single process to achieve finished texture
Wet cast, acid etched stone Higher compressive strength than semi-dry cast Single daily production from each mould Large heavy items. Items exposed to physical wear or loads such as treads, window cills and heads.
Better adhesion to reinforcement (if present) More labour intensive
Less susceptible to physical wear E.G. Steps Two part process to achieve finished texture