PRECAST CONCRETE Colonial Concrete is your One Stop Precast Shop

Precast concrete has some advantages over that of poured in place concrete, and we’ll go over them here. Precast concrete consists of concrete (a mixture of cement, water, aggregates and admixtures) that is cast into a specific shape at a location other than its eventual location. The concrete is placed into a form, typically wood or steel, and cured before being stripped from the form, usually the following day. These components are then transported to the construction site for erection into place. Precast concrete can be plant-cast or site-cast, but is usually done in a factory for increased quality control.

Precast concrete components are reinforced with either conventional reinforcing bars, strands with high tensile strength, or a combination of both. Use of these methods helps control cracking to specified limits allowed by building codes. Precast components are used in various applications and projects of all types.

Here are the advantages to precast concrete:

  • Since precast is manufactured in a controlled casting environment it is easier to control the mix, placement, and curing
  • Quality can be controlled and monitored much more easily
  • Since a precaster can buy materials for multiple projects, quantity discounts can lower costs
  • Weather is eliminated as a factor-you can cast in any weather and get the same results, which allows you to perfect mixes and methods
  • Less labor is required and that labor can be less skilled
  • On site, precast can be installed immediately, there is no waiting for it to gain strength and the modularity of precast products makes installation go quickly
  • Repeatability-it’s easy to make many copies of the same precast product; by maximizing repetition, you can get plenty of value from a mold and a set-up
  • Accelerated curing, by heating the precast parts, greatly increases strength gain, reducing the time between casting the part and putting it into service
  • With the ability to so tightly control the process, from materials to consolidation to curing, you can get extremely durable concrete
So with so many advantages, what are you waiting for? Call Colonial today and get a free quote on precast concrete today!
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