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Why Most Contractors Prefer Precast Concrete for Fencing

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As a contractor, you likely have a lot of goals with projects, but most of them boil down to making the client happy and making money. Fortunately, using precast concrete for your fencing will help you reach your project goals, which is why most contractors prefer to use it.

The Best Quality 

Concrete is already a naturally strong and durable material. Precast concrete is cast indoors in a highly controlled environment, so the concrete is cured as ideally as possible – making for the best quality concrete. What this means for your client is they will have a fence that looks good for a long time and will require very little maintenance – equaling a happy client.

Strengthening material, decorative aggregate, and pigment can all be added prior to casting the concrete, making the fence durable and beautiful and exactly how your client wants it.

Lower Cost

Often, the materials and time to build a mold for on-site concrete is a large part of the cost. Because precast concrete is made indoors and in a controlled environment, the molds used can be used again and again. By reusing molds, precast concrete costs less than traditional cast-in-place concrete

Your clients will also see a reduction in maintenance costs, as precast concrete fences don’t require the same care as wood or other types of fencing.

Fewer Delays

In-situ concrete pours are all about timing. Weather and other factors that would restrict on-site concrete pours can delay a project.

Precast concrete is poured indoors, meaning there are no weather delays. Multiple project components can even be poured at once with precast concrete, which could mean getting the project done sooner than planned.

Improved Safety

A cast-in-place concrete project is a hazardous place. There are uneven surfaces, metal rebar sticking out, and a lot of things to trip on. Precast concrete helps improve your safety record by removing all those hazards. Installation is easy and quick – mainly just a matter of leveling and preparing the location, placing the concrete panels into place, and securing the panels together.

Environmentally Friendly

Most people are trying to find ways to improve the way they do business and make their business less impactful on the environment. For contractors, minimizing the waste sent to the landfill is at the top of the list for making their business environmentally friendly. Precast concrete is more environmentally friendly because it doesn’t have all the extra waste of the materials needed to build cast-in-place concrete forms. They can be used hundreds of times before heading to the landfill. 

Because the concrete is done in a controlled environment with highly skilled technicians, there is a lot less waste from mistakes ruining the quality of the concrete. 

Professionally Certified

Most precast concrete plants must be certified by either the Architectural Precast Association (APA) or the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA). When you pick precast concrete for your project fencing, you are getting a product that has been certified to be the best quality.

If you are a contractor and want more information on precast concrete fences and walls, contact American Precast Concrete, Inc. for a free estimate today!

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Why Precast Fences are Ideal for Neighborhoods and HOAs

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Most HOAs provide the maintenance and upkeep of landscaping and structures in common areas. This will often include fences or walls around the entire neighborhood. These fences protect the buildings and people inside and give much-needed privacy. 

Often, these walls are large and built from solid material like concrete or brick. Choosing precast fences in your neighborhood will save the HOA money and provide many other benefits.

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How Your Precast Walls Keeps the Pests Out

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Pests are everywhere – in the country and in the city. Small animals like rabbits and squirrels love to chomp on the tasty things you might have in your garden – your beloved tomatoes or strawberries, for example. Large pests like deer can ruin a garden overnight and finding a bear on your doorstep will make you want to move.

If any pests get inside the house, you are in for an exhausting (possibly thrilling) game of “chase the squirrel.” Enclosing your garden or home with a precast wall will keep the pests out and your garden and home safe.

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Why You Should Rebuild with Precast Concrete After a Fire

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After experiencing a devastating fire, like many in California, you will have several things to think about – one of the main ones being the rebuilding process.

You will have to deal with insurance questions, deal with the demolition of the damaged structures, and – at some point – decide what materials you want to rebuild with. Rebuilding walls and fences with precast concrete will reduce your chances of having to deal with such a disaster again while preventing the spread of fire to your home. Here’s how…

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Precast Concrete’s Amazing Ability to Withstand Wildfires

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Concrete is made up of limestone, clay, gypsum, and aggregate. All of these are non-combustible materials, making concrete fire-resistant. We often see the chimney – made from similar materials like concrete – as the last part standing after a house fire.

Concrete’s slow rate of heat transfer – how quickly heat can travel through a material – makes concrete an ideal material to protect structures and people from fire.

Concrete walls can handle up to four hours of extreme fire before it starts to break down. What this means is if a fire does happen, you will have a lot less cleanup and a lot less to replace. Most of the time, the concrete can even be reused after it survives a fire.

Because concrete is so chemically inert, it doesn’t emit toxic smoke or dangerous byproducts when burned. Those secondary environmental concerns are nonexistent when using concrete.

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