Concrete Wall EvolutionWritten by GJ Stott
Several new advancements (see History of Concrete Walls below) in the fabrication of concrete walls have accelerated the industry as AFTEC has developed a system that is capable of casting large concrete walls vertically. A vertically cast concrete wall offers texture on both sides by utilizing panel liners. Panel liners inside the concrete wall system are interchangeable, providing a wide availability of styles including stone, rock, brick, stucco, slate, and other architectural precast concrete designs.
Using Combo-Cast™ technology, AFTEC has also been able to greatly reduce the costs associated with having precast concrete walls installed. Patented Combo-Cast™ technology allows the concrete wall column and panel to be cast together and assembled on-site. This technology greatly reduces the amount of labor needed to install the concrete walls as a three-man crew can install up to 1000 lineal feet of wall in a single day.
AFTEC’s precast concrete wall options can show you the broad variety of finished products produced by Combo-Cast™ technology. Concrete wall manufacturers can use our concrete wall manufacturing system.
History of Concrete Walls
Concrete walls have been traditionally defined as solid concrete structures that identify or protect an area. Concrete walls and barriers are not a new development; cement has been used in wall construction anciently, although the actual methods and technology used has changed multiple times over the years to become what we recognize now as concrete walls. Early versions of concrete walls were simply columns spaced several feet apart with either wire or tongue and groove concrete boards strung between the columns.
Concrete walls have typically been constructed by layering concrete block. Often times block walls are finished with plaster, stucco or, in the case of buildings and perimeter walls, with various forms of cladding to create an appealing aesthetic.
The definition for concrete walls can also extend to other types of wall that are made from concrete but not from block. These walls are generally produced by either casting walls onsite or precasting the concrete walls in a concrete wall casting facility.
Originally, casts were formed horizontally and then lifted into place. Concrete fence panels could also be poured in “pan” forms that were laid horizontally on the ground. These concrete forms could have a texture or design (usually stone or wood) on the bottom, giving the concrete walls one finished and textured side. Soon, smaller concrete wall systems began to be poured vertically so as to give the walls texture on both sides instead of just one. However, the larger concrete wall systems were still being cast horizontally, resulting in greater labor time and efforts.
Future of Concrete Walls
AFTEC has revolutionized the concrete wall industry by bringing new vertical casting technology to the large wall system industry. With AFTEC’s vertical concrete wall system, interchangeable concrete form liners, and Combo-Cast™ technology, the cost for professional, durable (concrete hurricane wall), and beautiful concrete walls is reasonable.
Visit our precast concrete wall products page to learn more about this new technology, or contact us directly to find a local licensee.We are also looking for concrete wall manufacturers for a business opportunity and to use our concrete wall manufacturing system.