Precast concrete products: the superior choice

Precast concrete products are, in the grand scheme, relatively new to the world of construction. Over time, its proven itself as an extremely useful product due to its versatility, strength and durability. That’s exactly why it’s being used increasingly in construction projects.

 

Before there was precast

Before precast concrete products were available, the construction of any walls would have to wait until the foundations of a building or structure were firmly in place. When using precast products such as retaining walls, the foundation can be created pretty much simultaneously, which can save precious time in building projects. It can also save money on labour costs.

It also stops projects being quite so affected by the weather. Because precast concrete products are usually made indoors, their manufacture can continue come rain or shine. When pouring concrete on site, the weather can have a huge effect on the speed of the project and the quality of the finished product.

 

Production

Because of problems with the weather, precast concrete is largely manufactured indoors so that it can cure under the best possible conditions, giving it a longer lifespan and a greater level of quality.

The concrete is poured into lubricated forms and is left to cure almost completely before it’s removed. By the time the concrete product reaches the construction site, it’s completely cured and ready for use.

Certain concrete products (such as freestanding retaining walls) are specially cast with recesses to their bases so that they can be easily manoeuvred on site by forklift trucks.

 

Why is it so popular?

Got a friend who’s a builder? Ask them what they think of precast concrete products and they will usually agree that they’re a far more preferable option to pouring concrete on site.

They will attest that the fire resistance levels, quality of sound absorption and the smoothness of the surfaces on precast concrete products are much better than any alternatives. Sometimes even building insurance costs can be reduced because of the fire resistant nature, strength and durability of precast products. Add to this list the fact that precast concrete products can be manufactured to extremely exact specifications and you’ll quickly come to agree with your builder friend!

 

So if you have a project in mind that could benefit from precast concrete products, get in touch with the JP Concrete team today. We’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.