Formliners Are The How Concrete Patterns Are Created

Every wonder how texture is added to walls, concrete blocks on the side of feeder road walls, monumental structures?  I used to think a giant router was used to sculpt these patterns into stone blocks.  But in reality, a giant mold known as a formliner is actually used to design these patterns.  The Manila Times explains in the following article, how these patterns are achieved:

ADD textures to your wall.

Concrete network

Concrete is an important construction material used extensively in roads, bridges, dams and building. It was first used by Romans and later on, the Colosseum was built. Three hundred years have passed and concrete has become the most commonly man-made material in the world.

and architects in laying polished concrete floors with varieties of finishes and designing façades and walls. Through the use of elastic form liners, concrete surfaces can be patterned and textured to achieve design requirements and reproduce fine, delicate and complicated details in walls.

By definition, a form liner is any sheet, layer or plate material that imparts a texture to the surface of the concrete and a preparation of designs on concrete walls.

In other countries, concrete wall designs became one of the highlights on the road. And these structures are molded into concrete, provided a lasting, permanent and picturesque display to be enjoyed.

An example is the Pima Freeway in Scottsdale, Arizona that exhibits an 8-mile long images of desert flora and fauna. A roadside mural presenting a visual history of native species and its geography.

Make your own

These customized form liners, allow contractors, designers, planners and architects to achieve an ever widening variety of architectural finishes.

If you want to read the full article, visit the link at the beginning of the article.   It is definitely interesting to note how these formliners are actually created.  Now that you know, hopefully you’ll appreciate more the designs and patterns you see when driving on the feeder road of your favorite highway.