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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. 

Affordable

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. 

Secure

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 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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Most Common Types of Block Retaining Walls

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You might need a retaining wall for several reasons, such as to reduce a slope in your yard or protect a road or building from an area that is prone to landslides. There are several different types of retaining walls – some can be built using precast concrete, and some can’t. 

Keep in mind that the soil type will be a factor when picking a retaining wall, so you need to be sure you are working with the right people when designing your wall. Unlike other precast concrete companies, at American Precast Inc., we offer turnkey services, so we are able to handle your retaining wall from concept to completion. 

Here are the four most common retaining walls you may want to consider.

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Why Precast Fences Are Perfect Against Noisy Neighbors

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Everyone wants to live next to the perfect neighbors – quiet, neat, polite. No one wants loud, messy neighbors, but sometimes that is what we end up with. When your neighbors are less than perfect, lean on the saying “good fences make good neighbors.” Create good – even the best – neighbors by building a great sound blocking wall using precast concrete.

How can precast concrete fencing help with blocking sound? Well, there are three main characteristics that make a fence a great sound barrier – high-density, height, and an air-tight build. A wall that combines the best of those characteristics – like precast concrete ones – will be the best at blocking whatever noise your somewhat odd neighbor decides to make.

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Can You Repaint Treated Precast Walls?

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If grey isn’t your color, there are many ways you can spice up the looks of your precast concrete wall. The easiest and longest-lasting way is by adding pigment to the concrete as it’s being cast. 

But what happens if you get tired of the permanent color and want a change? Repainting your precast walls is a great way to change up the look of your precast concrete walls. 

Here’s how to do it…

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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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How to Care for and Maintain Your Precast Concrete Fence

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Concrete fences can last for decades if properly maintained and cared for. While they are sturdy and strong, there are some things that can damage them. Like most things in life, if you take care of your concrete wall, it will take care of you.

If you have a precast concrete fence or will be installing one, you will want that fence to last for a decade to come. Here are ways you can maintain your fence to keep it standing strong and looking great.

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