Reinforcing The Future
How Precast Concrete Plays A Role In Our Future
Precast concrete is here to stay. With its durable strength, sustainable production, and cost-effective manufacturing, there are simply too many positive aspects to see this concept go by the wayside anytime soon. But when we at Permacast Precast Concrete Fencing and Walls think about the future, how does precast concrete factor in? Buildings, infrastructures, homes and entire cities have been built with cast-in-place concrete for years. However, we also see these structures in need of repair, roughly 50-100 years after construction, time and time again. With precast concrete, we anticipate less restoration and more longevity from the moment the structure is set in place. Here’s why.
Increased Technology in Recent Decades
Due to advances in precast concrete technology, this method allows concrete to cure faster than traditional cast-in-place concrete. This process provides high-early compressive strengths that simply can’t be matched by traditional poured concrete.
Traditional concrete is subjected to all weather conditions, whether above or below ground. Eventually, water will seek in through cracks in the concrete, reaching the steel reinforcements and promoting corrosion. Precast concrete, on the other hand, provides low permeability and higher insulation. This means water and other weather-oriented factors are less of a hazard.
One way precast concrete can ensure low permeability is with additives included directly into the mix. For example, water-reducing chemicals are evenly distributed throughout the mixing process, blending additives that prevent or reduce permeability.
The factory mixing concept behind precast concrete allows us to create identical batches of concrete each and every time, which means you can plan on our product sticking around for the long haul. Because our system is based on new advances in technology, which are changing and updating regularly, we can stay up-to-date on the latest, most durable design system. For example, increasing the mix design strength has allowed us to move in recent years from 2,500 psi before stripping and handling, to the current 4,000-5,000 psi, which allows us to stay competitive throughout the industry.
All of this means that the reliability and durability of precast concrete will create longevity for your next project that you can count on. Permacast Precast Concrete Fencing and Walls is happy to show you what we’re made of, but more importantly, we’re excited to face the future, because we know when we get there, our walls and fences will still be there too.