Installing a new concrete fence shouldn’t be a complicated process on the side of the consumer; instead, it should be simple and worry-free. When a precast concrete fence is installed, it is a quick and relatively painless process. Every step from design to installation is taken care of, so the consumer gets exactly what they want, without the hassle.
Here is the basic process of installing a precast concrete wall or fence.
1. Meeting With the Client
Before any work can begin, a meeting is set up with the client to determine the details of the project and site. Typically, this meeting takes place at the location where the fence is to be installed. Measurements can then be taken of the property and where the wall or fence will be located. This will ensure the design of the project and the needs of the consumer align.
This is also an opportunity to learn any details that might hinder the progress of the installation, including underground sprinkler lines and septic tanks. This is also the time to go over the location of entryways, gates, and any lighting or security plans.
The more details that can be discussed at this stage, the fewer issues will crop up later in the process. From this point, the client doesn’t need to do any of the work regarding hiring engineers, contractors, or architects – everything is taken care of from start to finish.
2. Assessment and Design
Once all the measurements and details are confirmed, the design process can begin for the concrete wall or fence. This design will consider the client’s needs and wants, such as color, finish, height, width, shape, desired strength, aggregate, and any other design elements they may need.
Once the design is created, detailed drawings are sent to the client for review and approval. Finally, a client agreement will also be sent to be signed, and a deposit will be requested to begin work.
3. Make the Molds
Once a final design is nailed down, and the deposit has been submitted, the production of the wall will start. At this stage, the mold is formed, rebar and other reinforcing are added, and the concrete poured and cured. A qualified technician will then do a quality check before the final product is approved.
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4. Shipping the Wall to the Project Site
Once the wall components are completed, and the site is prepped, all the concrete wall components will be shipped to the home or business, ready to assemble. This means there will be no molds that need to be set up or concrete poured at your project site.
Unlike traditional concrete, precast concrete is already formed offsite. This means once the wall or fence arrives at the location, it just needs to be installed. This can save the client a lot of time, money, and hassle.
5. Install Fence Footings
Before the precast concrete wall or fence arrives on location, fence footing will need to be installed. For most walls, these footings will be installed every 15 feet.
Typically, the fence footings will be installed before the wall panels are completed, and an auger is used to drill the holes the footings will be placed in. Concrete is then used to keep the footings in place.
After these footings are in place, the structure is set up to support the wall sections.
6. Install Wall Sections
Once the concrete sections arrive onsite, they are removed from the truck and moved to the appropriate spots along the fence line. This is to make sure all the wall sections are correct. Once the wall sections are in place, each wall section is lifted over the supports and slid into place.
A concrete cap is placed over the wall footings to hide the opening at the top and make the final concrete wall more attractive.
Consider Precast Concrete for Your Next Project
There are so many advantages to using precast concrete walls instead of your traditional concrete. Not only does using precast cut down on the time it takes to install your wall, but using precast concrete also allows for more flexibility in appearance and lower costs.
If you want to build a strong wall or fence that is customizable and won’t break the bank, consider using precast concrete.