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Brickform skins flex to suit

When it comes to texture skins, flexibility is often appreciated, and Rafco-Brickform LLC aims to please.

The company makes three grades, or “flex ratings,” of texture skin to suit the disparate needs of its customers. The skins complement the company’s regular texture mats and leave detailed surface textures on new concrete.

Each grade of flexibility is made from different materials and sold in corresponding colors. Soft “Ultra Flexible” skins with 60A shore hardness are pink. “Standard Flexible” skins with 80A shore hardness are blue, red or yellow, and “High-Density” skins with 90A shore hardness are green. Ultra-Flexible skins do not come with handles, but the other two grades have them.

Each level of flexibility has distinct advantages. An Ultra-Flexible skin, for example, is recommended for corner and angle details, bull-nose steps, or faux rock applications. Both the Ultra-Flexible and Standard Flexible skins work around columns. The High-Density skin, on the other hand, offers the most even weight distribution on concrete, is the most durable, reduces the potential for “birdbaths” and “footprints” and expands less in extreme temperatures. More flexible skins are commonly used with smaller tools, while the harder skins are used with larger tools.

Brickform makes customization as easy as ordering a sandwich from a deli. Its “Texture Skins Order Form” takes customers through the five-step process of choosing a texture, size, flexibility rating, shape and handle option for a skin that suits each client’s needs.

For more information, visit www.brickform.com or call (800) 483-9628.

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