As the options available for property construction grow, more and more people are gravitating towards the use of precast concrete. Precast concrete uses include fencing, retaining walls, and even homes. Unlike standard concrete, which is produced on site and with a site-specific form, precast concrete is made through a reusable mold, usually off site. Once it dries, the concrete is then brought to the construction site and fitted in place. Despite its very straightforward use and proven durability, there are still a lot of misconceptions circulating around the use of precast concrete.
Misconceptions About Precast Concrete Uses and Quality
To dispel those, here are the most common myths about precast concrete that have no bearing at all
It’s More Expensive.
Most precast concrete is made with advanced technologies that help streamline the process of casting concrete. That means you’re able to produce the same quality in fewer steps and in a shorter period of time. These changes translate to lower costs for manpower and faster turnaround, allowing the makers to charge lower for the concrete.
Like its traditional counterpart, the maintenance costs are also relatively cheap. In fact, most sites made of concrete require little to no maintenance in the first few years after construction. Precast concrete is not different. The key here, like in any form of construction, is to find the best maker and the most cost-effective materials, without compromising the quality.
It Takes Longer
There is a reason why most commercial construction companies rely on precast concrete at some point. With a tight deadline, precast concrete is the easiest way to stick to your schedule. While everyone is focused on the foundation, precast concrete for the top floors can already be made. The moment the lower parts are done, the construction crew only has to fit the top floors together. This cannot be achieved in the traditional way of casting concrete. The same goes for fencing. When the ground is being prepared, the precast concrete is already cast.
It Cannot Withstand Time Nor Extreme Elements
Because precast concrete is made in factories, with advanced technology, makers are able to assure uniform quality for each piece they make. They’re also able to customize and constantly improve the quality, such as making the sections thinner and creating engineered solutions specific to the requirements of the client. The can even check the quality of the finished precast concrete before it’s delivered to the site.
To prove their durability, precast concrete withstands the most severe elements, such as hail and storms, for many years. They are even used as commercial parking lots, agricultural bunkers and have many other uses.
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