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What the 2020 Hurricane Season Can Tell Us

The 2020 Hurricane season rocked the Gulf Coast states and much of the Atlantic coast, with a record-breaking 30 named storms this season. 12 storms made landfall in the continental United States, specifically in Miami, Houston, and several areas of Lousiana. Moreover, meteorologists are predicting more abnormalities like this in the coming years. So what does this mean for the precast concrete industry? The experts at Permacast Precast Concrete Fencing & Walls have some excellent thoughts about how to be prepared before next year’s massive hurricane season. 

The Scientific Discovery that Will Change the Future of Concrete

It doesn’t seem possible that more changes and developments can be on the horizon in the world of concrete, but that’s exactly what’s happening. Thanks to recent bio-research, an organism was discovered that creates its own anti-freeze proteins, allowing it to live in sub-zero temperatures. Researchers have now found ways to emulate this organism, creating a polymer molecule with anti-freeze abilities that will keep concrete from cracking and crumbling when the temperature drops. At Permacast Precast Concrete Fences & Walls, we’re very excited about what this means for the future of our industry. Are you ready for concrete that lasts winter after winter no matter how far the temperature drops? Keep reading- you’ll be amazed!

Reverse Storm Surge

Surviving a hurricane or two can definitely make anyone feel like a storm expert. After storm prepping, stockpiling food, water, gas and batteries, and hunkering down during the worst of the high winds and pounding rain, most residents feel empowered to face the next hurricane season with a certain level of expertise. This is because, even though hurricanes are big, powerful storms, they’re also predictable and can be anticipated. But what do Florida and Texas residents do when even the predictable storms act, well, unpredictably? Permacast Precast Concrete points to the unusual phenomenon that occurred in Florida in 2017 as an example of even predictable weather sometimes surprising us. During Hurricane Irma, the superstorm that swept Florida and sent thousands evacuating in the middle of the night, Tampa Bay experienced a reverse storm surge that intrigued locals and baffled scientists.

Improving Concrete for the Future

When talking about the future of concrete, it’s important to first make mention of its enduring past. Concrete has a 70+ year history that has served civilization well. But it has not been without its flaws.  We’ve learned how to accommodate them, work around them, prepare for them…we even mix concrete with additives to combat the few flaws concrete is known to have. But now we’re finding that there are new ways to eliminate some of those flaws altogether, making the creation of concrete more efficient and reducing long-term costs. At Permacast Precast Concrete Fencing & Walls, we’re excited about these developments and we think you will be too. You’re going to want to check this out. 

Does Your Property Need a Floodwall?

Floodwalls are an important consideration when it comes to designing and erecting new housing or commercial developments. Not only are floodwalls a smart decision where extreme weather can occur, but they also can be a smart investment by protecting the homes, businesses, and other structures within their perimeters. The experts at Permacast Precast Concrete Fencing & Walls have compiled several important factors to consider before investing in a floodwall for your next project. 

How Does Heat Affect Precast Concrete?

Will concrete crack under extreme heat? That’s a question often explored in our industry, and the answer is not a simple “yes” or “no.” With most of our facilities in Florida and Texas, Permacast Precast Concrete Fencing & Walls has a vested interest in answering this question, making us a bit of an expert on the subject. The understanding of thermodynamics and their impact on building materials, particularly concrete, is important to the successful production of long-lasting concrete. Here are some important facts to consider as you think about your next building project and which concrete you’ll use. 

Where Style Meets Design

What is meant by “Form Follows Function” and why does it matter?

This phrase, often heard in reference to architectural design, refers to the purpose of a building. The way the building is constructed should be in line with how it will be used. The building’s purpose, in essence, should be the starting point for the design. This concept was first proposed by Louis Sullivan (1856-1924) in his Chicago-based architectural firm and was generally applied to all things architectural for many years. Until, that is, a young employee of Sullivan’s named Frank Lloyd Wright revised the axiom to say “Form and function are one.” His vision and construction of the Guggenheim Museum is a primary example of this idea.