There are so many advantages to precast concrete. Since everything has a downside, there are a few disadvantages. We want you to feel confident about your decision to choose precast concrete. Here are five disadvantages to precast concrete.
Higher Upfront Costs
Compared to wood, metal, or vinyl fences, precast concrete does have a higher upfront cost. It is still cheaper upfront than a brick or stone fence.
This higher cost can feel surprising, especially if you are used to cheaper building materials. This can give customers sticker shock and has discouraged some from using precast concrete.
The good news is precast concrete makes up for the high initial costs in the long run. Because concrete is so strong and durable, there is typically very little maintenance over the life of the precast concrete fence.
Precast concrete also lasts very long. With a lifespan of around 50 to 100 years, precast concrete fences are the longest-lasting fence.
Transportation Can Be an Issue
If your project site is located really far away from our plant, the transportation can take a while and cost more. If there are problems finding someone to transport the pieces or if there is a traffic problem on the route, there can be delays.
Sometimes the road to the project site can hit a snag. In our experience, any issues here are solved fairly quickly. We make it our mission to remove as many snags and roadblocks as possible.
The benefits of getting precast concrete from our warehouse far outweigh any downside to transporting the fencing. Thanks to our climate-controlled building, you get the strongest, most durable concrete available.
And, you don’t have to deal with the painful installation of a cast-in-place concrete fence. Installation of precast concrete fences is a breeze.
You Have to Take Care When Handling Precast Concrete
Precast concrete isn’t fine china. Some bumps and bruises aren’t going to hurt it. But you will need to be prepared when installing the fence pieces.
Because they are large and can be heavy, you will probably need to get a forklift or crane to help you lift them into place.
While it might seem like a pain to get a forklift or crane on site, the process of installing precast concrete is much quicker and easier than other fencing materials.
Precast Concrete Can Be Hard to Modify Once Built
Precast concrete has a ton of options during design to create a fence that you will love for years to come. Unfortunately, once the fence is built, it can be hard to make changes.
Because the fencing stacks together a bit like Legos, any change could mean you need to make changes along the whole fence. If you don’t, the new pieces might not fit together, or the fence panels could end up under too much stress.
To help reduce the chances of you wanting changes down the road, at American Precast, we spend a lot of time with you during the design phase. We work hard to get it right the first time.
Improper Installation Could Cause Issues
Precast concrete is best installed by an expert. There are some key connections, and improper installation could cause faulty connections – leading to a weakened fence. This could also cause problems with water damage and sound insulation.
Our installation team experts are quick and professional. If installing your own precast concrete fence is a must, we will work with you to make sure you have all the information you need.
While there are some disadvantages to precast concrete, the advantages – like lower long-term costs and longevity – far out-weight them.
Let American Precast Settle Your Worries
If you are concerned that precast concrete may not be the material for you, give us a call! We can answer any questions you may have about precast concrete, transportation, installation, and so much more. We are happy to help!