6 Questions Every Precast Manufacturer Should Be Able To Answer

If you already are an AFTEC manufacturer, or you are interested in becoming one, this blog post is all about the six questions that every precast concrete wall and fence manufacturer ought to know the answers to. As a manufacturer, you’re working with project managers and contractors to help them get the concrete wall or fence product they need in a timely manner. In some cases, you are installing the wall or fence for them. In other cases, you’re simply providing the production equipment and oversight. Here are six questions that you ought to know the answers to, as well as the answers AFTEC suggest you use.

Answers To Six Precast Concrete Manufacturer Questions

As an AFTEC precast concrete wall forming system manufacturer, you need to know the answers to a lot of questions. Here are six of the most common questions you will get asked as a manufacturer:

Question #1 – How Are Precast Concrete Walls, Fences, and Barriers Made?

Precast concrete is formed in molds. The concrete walls, fences, or barriers can be reinforced with steel to increase durability and strength. Components are manufactured and cured in controlled environments so that project managers and contractors can get the best product possible. Barriers, walls, and fences are formed and poured to exact dimensions and up to 25-plus feet in height (or to match the dimensions needed).

Question #2 – How Does Precast Concrete Wall Installation Compare To Traditional Materials?

Precast concrete walls, fences, and barriers install faster and quicker than traditional materials. The concrete panels and columns are “pre-made” which means the concrete contractor needs less equipment to actually install the concrete walls, fences, or barriers and their components, as well as the time to complete installation is shorter. Traditional materials like wood, vinyl, bricks, blocks, or otherwise, take longer, cost more, and require more equipment to successfully install. When you choose precast concrete walls, fences, or barriers, you save time and money on the project.

Question #3 – What Kind Of Maintenance Do Concrete Walls, Fences, or Barriers Require?

Little-to-no maintenance is needed for concrete walls, fences, and barriers. Unlike traditional materials like wood, brick, stone, vinyl, and more, concrete is resistant to weather, temperature, and insects. What’s more, the initial investment for a concrete wall, fence, or barrier lasts for decades as opposed to years when compared to other materials. Overall, you will spend less time and money on maintenance for a concrete-based wall compared to any other material.

Question #4 – Will Precast Concrete Last In Harsh Climates Or Other Outdoor Conditions?

The short answer is yes. A precast concrete wall will stand up to many environmental conditions like the weather, temperature, and altitude. There are few materials that can withstand frigid cold and sweltering heat as well as a precast concrete wall.

Question #5 – Do Precast Concrete Walls Allow For Attractive Styles And Designs?

Yes! Precast concrete walls, fences, and barriers all offer a variety of textures and aesthetics that can add visual value to your industrial or commercial project. No longer do you need to stick with the standard concrete wall style. You can choose textures like brick, stone, block, or stucco.

Question #6 – How Can Precast Concrete Walls Be Used?

Precast concrete walls, fences, and barriers can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Sound/noise walls
  • Highway sound barriers
  • Utility walls
  • Security walls
  • Retaining walls
  • Perimeter/boundary walls
  • Privacy walls
  • Hurricane walls
  • Combination walls

Precast concrete walls offer a solution to a variety of industries and their wall, fence, or barrier needs.

Become An AFTEC Precast Concrete Forming System Manufacturer

Want to become a local manufacturer in your area? AFTEC offers training, equipment, and support for you to start and run your own successful business. Knowing the six questions above is enough to get you started in your area. You can also include AFTEC’s forming systems into your current business model to create outstanding opportunities for growth.

Choose AFTEC

As the worldwide leader in designing precast concrete forming systems, AFTEC is here to help you succeed, whether that’s through our StoneTree® Forming System or our SoundTec™ Forming System. When the founders of AFTEC entered the industry, precast concrete walls were produced horizontally. Now, after years of innovation, AFTEC offers vertically produced precast concrete walls, fences, and barriers. This simple change saves you money and time.

Contact AFTEC today to get a quote!

How Precast Wall Forming Systems Benefit Concrete Construction

Would you like to offer your customer a proposal to build a wall or fence around their residential, commercial, or industrial project? Are you searching for a sound wall, security barrier, or fence that is either visually stunning, secure, and durable? You can choose to go with traditional materials like wood, brick, vinyl, or wrought iron, but you will find that these materials do not last the test of time due to the weather elements causing substantial deterioration to these materials that the wall or fence is built from. Or you can choose to offer them a durable precast concrete wall, one that is visually stunning and secure for their project that would set them apart from everyone else.

What Are Precast Concrete Walls?

Precast concrete walls and fences are pre-formed and manufactured prior to installing. They decrease production time and increase cost savings for the project. The molds used to create each concrete wall panel can incorporate the concrete column as an integral part of the column or they can use separate steel or concrete support columns to incorporate the structural integrity of the wall.

The Benefits of Precast Concrete Walls

As a contractor or an end user for your own projects, you are in charge of the time, money, and quality of the project. You want a concrete wall that will be installed on time, for a great price, and last for decades. AFTEC provides the precast concrete wall systems you are looking for. Here are the major benefits precast concrete walls have:

High Durability and Stability

Concrete walls last a long time and are extremely durable. Compared to other traditional wall or fence materials, such as wood, vinyl, masonry, brick, and wrought iron, precast concrete walls will substantially outlast them all. Furthermore, weather, temperature, and insects will not destroy a concrete wall, it will stand tall for many decades.

Virtually No Maintenance

Precast concrete walls, whether for residential, industrial or commercial applications, requires extremely low maintenance. Once the concrete wall is installed, you have minimal maintenance responsibilities to keep its structural integrity and looking aesthetically beautiful. Comparatively, wood, vinyl, and wrought iron walls or fencing require substantial maintenance to ensure they do not succumb to deterioration over time.

Customizable

AFTEC offers a variety of molds with standard textures or can design a specific custom texture to meet the project requirement if needed. The wall heights and color treatments can also be customized to the required aesthetical look desired.

Available Worldwide

AFTEC is proud to be a worldwide leader in vertical precast concrete wall forming systems. No matter where you are in the world, AFTEC can assist you to solve your residential, industrial or commercial wall and fence requirements, minimizing production time and installation costs, saving you money.

As precast concrete wall forming systems have been growing in popularity, AFTEC has stepped out in front of the industry to become a worldwide leader in concrete forming systems for precast barriers and walls. AFTEC’s Technology, used in their proprietary StoneTree® and SoundTec™ forming systems, serve the residential, industrial and commercial industries with very efficient casting capabilities for precasting architectural designs on durable precast walls, fences, and barriers resulting in increased installation efficiency and outstanding finished aesthetics of the product.

Ready to get a concrete wall bid for your project? Contact AFTEC today!

Advantages of Precast Concrete Walls

Precast concrete walls are one of the most practical and versatile building materials modern society has to work within concrete construction.

In fact, here are just a few architectural applications of precast concrete walls:

  • Façade panels
  • Freestanding landscaping elements
  • Security walls
  • Soundproofing
  • Structural elements of stormwater drainage systems and railway tunnels

Unlike standard concrete, which is poured on-site, the process of precasting is what makes this type of concrete wall panel so advantageous. Created in a closely monitored environment, these precast concrete walls are a better product created at a cost-effective price.

From reduced costs when using precast concrete walls to more control over the final product, it’s no wonder this robust type of concrete wall panel has become such an essential element in building and construction projects over the past century.

Here’s a look at all the precast concrete wall advantages that benefit everyone from builders and architects to building owners.

You Can Count on Better Quality

Precast concrete walls are manufactured in a precast plant under the supervision of experienced technicians. In this controlled atmosphere, it’s easier to fully monitor the curing process and ensure the quality of the material and workmanship.

The Precast Production Process Takes Place on Level Ground

Another benefit of precast concrete walls is the fact that they are poured and cured on a level surface. With on-site concrete, you’re more likely to have an uneven surface during the production process. This means the surfaces of the concrete wall panel may not be perfectly level either.

Precast Concrete Walls Offer a Pricing Advantage

One of the greatest advantages of using precast concrete is the cost. When made in a dedicated precast plant, the concrete is poured into a mold, which can be reused hundreds or even thousands of times. This reduces the cost of the production process and is why precast concrete walls cost less than traditional concrete.

Precast Concrete Has Environmental Advantages

As precast wall panels are made in a dedicated plant, they pose no risk to the work site itself, nor do they require materials to be transported to the site just to pour and cure the cement. As a result, fewer resources are needed, and you have an all-around more efficient work site.

Also, when in use, precast walls offer eco benefits to the user. Concrete has a high thermal mass, which allows it to absorb and store thermal energy. This helps to reduce overheating in the summer and cold temperatures inside the building in the winter.

Precast Facilities Are Professionally Certified

In most states, plants that produce concrete wall panels for federal and state Departments of Transportation must be certified by one of the country’s professional bodies such as the Architectural Precast Association (APA) or the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA). When you use precast concrete walls, you can be confident that they were created professionally. In both the quality of materials and the production process, you can look forward to the best in quality, longevity, and safety.

Precast Concrete Walls Are Easy to Work With

Because precast wall panels are produced with molds, you get a uniform size, shape, and quality. This is a huge benefit when working on any large building project because you can count on the consistency of the wall panel. This makes it easier to install the panels with minimal labor, reducing the overall cost of the project.

Just look at the Jim Bridger Building in North Dakota, for example. This 40,000-square foot building was made entirely from precast concrete panels, all created in one location and then transported to the site. The building was finished in a short amount of time with only three builders! If you want to complete a job on time and under budget, precast concrete walls are an excellent option.

It’s Possible to Achieve Unique Finishes and Colors

One of the surprising advantages of precast concrete walls is the aesthetic versatility. The cement used to create the walls usually starts as a white or gray. You can add pigments or paints into the mixture to create different colors of concrete. If you want to achieve a natural stone look, you can add a fine aggregate to the cement. This yields what is known as precast stone.
The molds you use will also impact the results. You can get different shapes and sizes and even have customized molds created for your project. The type of material the mold is made from will also impact the finished product. Molds are made from wood, rubber, steel, plastic, or fiberglass. Each material creates a different finish.

Precast Concrete Walls Are Low Maintenance

Once precast concrete walls are installed, they don’t require much maintenance work. In fact, quality concrete is one of the easiest building materials to take care of. With an occasional cleaning and maybe some re-caulking every few years, your concrete wall panels will look like new.

The Endless Applications of Precast Concrete Wall Panels

The precast process was first created in Liverpool, England in 1905 by the serial inventor and civil engineer, John Alexander Brodie. Since then, the process has been improved, and precast concrete has become a staple of modern building and architecture.

There is no limit to what you can do with precast concrete walls. From small, residential projects to commercial buildings and large civil works projects, the versatility, affordability, and quality of precast concrete are unrivaled.

With the sustainability benefits, unique design possibilities, and all the practical advantages that precast concrete walls offer, there are no industries or communities in the U.S. that haven’t benefited in some way from precast concrete.

To get your project started with precast walls or to learn more about how this type of concrete can benefit your project, contact us today. We design and manufacture precast concrete fence wall systems and forms for highways, distribution and warehouse centers, large estates, utility companies, and more. With our experience, you’ll get the look and quality you want for your commercial, industrial, or residential project.