The modernization of precast concrete has forever revolutionized the construction process. It has transformed a system that typically requires a significant amount of time, materials, labor and guesswork and made it a fast, efficient and cost saving procedure. The precast installation process involves several key stages that work together to create quality structures quickly and easily, without any of the usual issues that come along with casting concrete on site.
1. Consultation & Planning
Every precast concrete installation project begins with a consultation and planning phase. This stage is done to determine and map out the best methods to use during the actual precast concrete installation, along with obtaining any necessary city permits required to complete the project. This phase includes visiting the construction site to review the various constraints that must be taken into consideration in order to complete installation. These include things such as property lines, the orientation of the property entrance, as well as the presence of any underground systems such as gas and sprinkler pipes. Having a clear understanding of the site’s environment before installation begins helps to ensure that the process is completed quickly with as few issues as possible.
2. Design Development
The second stage of precast concrete installation involves determining the design elements that will be included in the finished components. Along with being fast and simple to erect, precast concrete offers endless options in terms of design features. These include options such as color, finish, shape, height and width as well as architectural details that can be built into the concrete components themselves. Depending on the type of structure being created, there are a wide variety of aggregates that can be included in each component during the manufacturing process. These work to improve the strength and durability of each piece of precast concrete along with enhancing its aesthetic appeal.
3. Precision Manufacturing
Once planning and design are complete, the next stage of the precast installation process is manufacturing the concrete components. This is done in a completely controlled environment in order to create the strongest and most consistent results. Along with being the most efficient and effective method of creating concrete components, the precast concrete manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly. The production process cuts down on the level of toxic emissions and wasted materials. Factory manufactured precast concrete is also not subject to the effects of changing weather, which can cause dramatic delays in project timelines and negatively impact the ultimate quality of any concrete that is poured on site.
4. Transportation To Site
When the precast concrete manufacturing process is complete, the components must then be transported to the construction site where they will be erected and combined to create the finished structure. The superior design and strength of precast concrete elements makes transporting the components a fast and simple task. Precast concrete typically requires much less equipment and manual labor when compared to pouring and casting concrete on site. The reduced need for on-site equipment and an excessive labor force helps to lower overall project costs as well as any potential bottlenecks and site related injuries.
5. Precast Component Installation
The final phase of precast concrete installation involves erecting the components of the project and assembling them into the finish structure. Erecting precast components typically requires footings to be installed before the precast walls, columns, beams and other components are mounted. Concrete components are then put in place and reinforced with rebar anchors, which makes it a fast and easy process that requires minimal equipment and labor.
Whether your project is residential, commercial or industrial, precast concrete makes the process fast, seamless and cost effective. To find out more about our industry leading precast installation process, contact one of our concrete engineering specialists at Taracon Precast today.