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Why Choose Concrete for Commercial Fencing

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When you are looking at commercial fencing for your business, there are many options from the most basic chain link fence to an imposing and costly brick wall. Each fence comes with its own benefits and drawbacks, so you will need to make sure you pick an option that works well with your needs. 

Here’s why you should consider choosing precast concrete fencing.

Durable and Long-Lasting

Concrete is one of the most durable building materials available to us. Because the process of creating the precast concrete fences is done in a temperature-controlled, ideal environment, the concrete’s curing will also be ideal. Concrete can be cast with reinforcing bars embedded in the concrete to increase the strength. 

Concrete isn’t susceptible to damage from wind, rain, or pests, nor does it burn, so fire is of little concern. 


Precast concrete fencing comes at a lower cost than options like brick or stone. This has a lot to do with how the fencing is made. Precast concrete is mostly formed offsite in a temperature-controlled warehouse. This increases the efficiency of the panel construction – decreasing the cost. Some fencing options, like chain link fencing, might cost less, but the trade-off in other factors, like durability and aesthetics, might not be worth it.

The financial benefit of precast concrete is most visible when you look at the long-term costs. Precast concrete walls are extremely durable, which means less maintenance and repairs over the wall’s life. 


Concrete walls are hard to get past. They can be built very tall – up to around 14 feet – and the wall goes all the way to the ground. Typically, the wall will be fairly smooth and difficult for an intruder to climb. The precast panels can even be built with hooks embedded in the concrete to attach security wire to the wall. This increases the security of your fence even more. 

Because concrete fences are solid panels of concrete, people passing by your business can’t peek through. By eliminating views into your property, especially if you have equipment or materials stored outside, you reduce the likelihood of break-ins or theft. If passersby can’t see your business, they are less likely to be tempted by it.

Reduce Noise

Businesses aren’t always in great locations and can have noisy neighbors or large roads. One of the best things to block noises is a solid wall, like a concrete wall. There are no gaps in a concrete wall, and the wall extends all the way to the ground – this is the way to block the most noise.

Looks Great

Precast concrete walls aren’t limited to drab, plain grey. Pigment or aggregates can be added to the concrete before pouring it into the forms. Decorative elements can also be added to the forms to make a wall unique. These can range from a brick or stone motif to more complicated designs. Your business name or logo can be included too.

If you have a commercial project, you should opt for precast concrete fencing due to the countless benefits it provides. Contact American Precast Concrete, Inc. today to receive a free custom estimate on your next project. 

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How to Self-Install a Precast Fence

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Many choose to have professional help when installing their precast concrete fences. It can be an intensive project, and the professionals will likely be able to do it quicker and with fewer headaches. However, if you have the basic skills, it’s not impossible to do it on your own. Here is the best way to install your precast concrete fence.


Your project needs to start with a planning phase to help it go smoothly. Often this will start out working with the precast concrete fence manufacturer even if they aren’t doing the installation. You will need to decide where the fence will go and map/measure out the fence line. Go over this plan with the manufacturer, and they should help point out any flaws with the project. 

You will need to send over your plans and any other documents to the permitting department and start the process for applying for a permit. Sending over the plans should be done at the same time as your discussions with the manufacturer. Every planning department will have requirements that could change the design of your fence. You will also need to make sure your crew and equipment are all reserved.

Develop your Base

Once you have your permit in hand and your crew and equipment ready, it’s time to start prepping the area. You will want to level out the ground along the fence line. Double-check that everything looks good before the fencing is onsite.

Fence Footings

The fence footings are the support that the rest of the wall will depend on, so they need to be installed well. Drill down holes at a depth and spacing determined by your precast concrete wall manufacturer. Place each footing in the hole and backfill with concrete.

Install Wall Sections

Install the wall sections one at a time. Line up the first section with the supports and attach the wall segment. Once the panel is secure, the rigging used to place the panel can safely be removed. Move onto the next panel and make sure each one lines up nicely with the panel before it. Once all the wall sections have been secured, place the concrete cap over each section to hide the supports. The wall is now complete!

While this installation work is doable, it’s likely one of those projects that are best left to the professionals. The consequences of installation mistakes are big – maybe piles of the broken concrete wall. But sometimes, for financial reasons or other reasons, you have no choice to install it yourself. Here are some last few tips to help.

  1. Find a decent sized crew. This is the time to call in all the favors. While it only takes a few people to install the panels, having a good size crew will help make sure everyone can take decent breaks and isn’t working too hard. This is a big job.
  2. Don’t cut corners on equipment. Beg, borrow, do what you must to get any equipment you need. Not having what you need can make the job impossible.
  3. Talk to the precast concrete manufacturer about hanging out on one of their other jobs. Observe them and get a good idea of how the process goes. If they are trying to win your business, they might be open to the idea. You can pick up some tips to make things more comfortable too.

If you are ready to get started with your precast fence, be sure to contact American Precast Concrete, Inc., today. You can find the materials on our website and if you decide to go with professional installment, American Precast Concrete Inc. can help you find some!

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What Cost Factors Go Into Concrete Fencing

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When you are looking at building a precast concrete perimeter fence, you might be left staring at the quote, wondering what you are paying for and what made your cost skyrocket past your budget. Or you might be wondering what will increase the cost of your perimeter wall before you start designing it. 

Here are the five most common cost factors that the manufacturer will consider while putting together your quote.

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How to Get Your HOA to Approve the Fence You Want

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If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, you will have to get approval from them prior to constructing your precast concrete fence. They will need to see the plans and any details you may have about the project. While a good precast concrete contractor will help guide you, you are responsible for getting approval from the HOA. The time for approval from your HOA can take, on average, one to six weeks. 

Make no assumptions about the process. Here’s why: say you have neighbors around you with a particular fence, so you assume you can have that type. You skip the approval process and start the installation. Midway through the expensive installation of your new residential fence, you get a notice from the HOA that your fence is illegal. 

Maybe your neighbors put up their fence without telling the HOA and got away with it. Perhaps the HOA has changed their guidelines. Whatever the case may be, you are now responsible for tearing down the work that has been done and building a new, approved fence.

Dealing with an HOA can be an aggravating experience. Here are some suggestions for making it run a whole lot smoother.

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