Concrete has been used for various construction projects, and it has been around for centuries due to its aesthetic versatility and durability. Precast concrete is a unique concrete material that has its own unique set of strengths. It is not only versatile and durable, but it is also easy on the environment and can greatly reduce construction time.
Here are some of the advantages of using precast concrete:
Using precast concrete will allow you to control your job site and schedule since it is manufactured and cured in a controlled environment and stored in a storage facility. The precasts can quickly be delivered to your job site when needed. This means you will always get a high-quality product that requires less labour, so construction time will be quicker and more cost-effective.
Since precast concrete is manufactured in a separate facility, the durability and quality are better than cast-in-place concrete. As a contractor, you will also receive greater discounts when you purchase or order in volume, especially if you have multiple projects running at a time. Precast concrete requires less labour and curing time, so that makes it more affordable. In addition, the components of precast concrete will often be used as the structural frame and architectural façade of a building – reducing your labour and material costs by up to 50%.
Cast-in-place concrete is very much dependent on your job site’s environment and weather (learn more), but precast concrete is delivered to you directly by the manufacturer, so it is usually cleaner, and the quality is superior.
Precast is known for its durability and quality, so it can withstand the elements and remains just as resilient and strong as the day it was cured.
Most precast concrete is sturdy and dense, making it the best concrete material for buildings and structures that require soundproofing. In fact, commercial buildings in large cities will often use precast concrete for its noise-canceling benefits. Not to mention that most student dormitories and residential homes will benefit from precast as it limits the noise transfer from floor to floor.
For modern buildings and structures, you can see a variety of materials and techniques being used like aggregates, colours, shapes, and finishes. Precast can provide you with a multitude of options like stone, brick, and granite that can be cast in at the plant – lowering the staging and costs of on-site installation.
Overall, precast concrete can offer several benefits for building contractors, and with a little creativity, you can achieve the look you are aiming for at a fraction of the cost.
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