Everyone knows what concrete is, and it has been used extensively in the building industry for centuries. Concrete comes with a lot of benefits, more so when it comes to its durability and strength, and it can be quite versatile and aesthetically appealing as well, especially if you want to lend your structure a unique industrial look and design. But concrete comes in many forms, and one of its most popular forms is precast concrete. So why is precast concrete the choice of many building owners today? Not only does it have the renowned strength and durability of concrete – but it also has some environmental benefits and can greatly reduce your period of construction. Here’s everything you need to know about precast concrete and its benefits.
- Better control
Construction projects seem to be hard to control, especially when we’re talking about nuances in the weather, delayed deliveries, construction mistakes and errors, and so on. But if you make use of precast concrete for your project, you have much better control in regard to your schedule and your actual job site. Since precast concrete is produced off-site, each piece is cured and poured in a controlled and secure environment, and the finished product is simply stored in a yard or facility until you need them at your site. This results in a high-quality product which doesn’t require as much labour on-site and which has a reduced impact on your site as well.
- More value for your money
Since it is easy to control the production of precast concrete, its durability and quality are a lot better compared to plain, cast on-site concrete. A precast manufacturer will also be more likely to get bigger discounts on the materials they need simply because they purchase a higher volume of materials for more than a few projects at a single time. Also, the components of precast concrete can act as the façade as well as structural framing of a building, which further reduces your expenses in terms of materials and labour. In the end, you definitely get more value for your money with the use of precast concrete.
- Ease of installation
Precast concrete is produced off-site, and the environment where it is made is highly controlled. In other words, the environment (and the resulting product) will not be affected by the weather. With this kind of off-site production option combined with delivery only at the ideal time, you can benefit from a much cleaner and much safer site, with your project running right on schedule.
- Extreme durability and the highest quality
The importance of durability and the highest quality cannot be ignored, especially in a construction project, and with precast concrete, you can rely on the best durability and quality, bar none. The concrete can withstand the elements, and it can last for years without experiencing any extensive wear and tear. It is incredibly resilient and strong, and its look, as it ages, becomes even more appealing and attractive.
- The reduction of noise
One added benefit of precast concrete which many fail to mention is the reduction of noise levels. It is a sturdy and dense material, which makes it a brilliant choice if you want to prioritise soundproofing in your building. This is precisely the reason why many commercial buildings make use of precast concrete, and the same is true for school dormitories, multiple-family residential structures, and the like.