The Need For Precast Concrete
Written by GJ Stott
Precast concrete has become a universal material in construction because of its strength, usability, and aesthetic qualities. As a staple in construction, it has seemingly limitless possibilities. Precast concrete is used in the following types of construction: buildings, highways and roads, sewer systems and many other structures.
First introduced by the Romans and used in building their extensive aqueduct and tunnel systems, precast concrete refers to any size or shape of concrete that has been poured into a concrete form or mold before installation. Precast concrete can either be cast in a facility and then transported to the site where it is going to be installed or be cast onsite and lifted into position.
By comparison to other materials, precast concrete is much stronger and more durable against use and weather (it is very effective as a precast concrete hurricane wall). Due to inherent physical properties, it can actually increase in strength over time and last much longer than other materials such as brick or wood. This makes precast concrete ideal for projects where longevity, strength, and reliability are important factors.
Companies have found ease and satisfaction working with the precast concrete wall forming system developed by AFTEC.
A Look Ahead at the Precast Concrete Industry
President Ty. E. Gable of The National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) stated that “The precast concrete sector of the construction industry is now in the 14th year of a tremendous growth cycle that is continuing into mid-2006.” However, President Gable also indicated that the precast concrete industry must utilize competitive techniques as customers continue to call for lowered costs.
With cement forming prices on the rise, companies have found necessity to look for additional means whereby they can cut costs. Companies like StoneTree®, that are disciplined and innovative, can quickly adjust to such a changing market. StoneTree® Precast Wall System has patented Combo-Cast™ technology that reduces labor costs dramatically. As a three man crew can install up to 1,000 feet of a six-foot high StoneTree® Precast Wall daily, labor costs are greatly reduced.
“Applying technology to reshape business,” as Gable stated, is precisely what StoneTree® has done to ensure state-of-the-art knowledge and skill for successful and cost-effective business opportunity for their licensees. Double-sided, textured walls can include multiple types of stone, rock, stucco walls, slate, brick, and various additional precast architectural concrete designs.