You may have heard that precast concrete is incredibly durable and strong, it’s relatively cheap to install and maintain, and it’s a high-quality option for fences and walls. Even though it’s been around for a while, you might still have questions. Here are six of the most common questions about precast concrete and the answers to those questions…
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.
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…
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.
When you are looking at a large-scale project, there are many options for building materials – each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Precast concrete is gaining footing as a desirable option for developers and contractors.
The following are 12 reasons you should pick prefab concrete walls for your next project:
Compressive strength is the amount of pressure concrete can handle without failure when it is being compressed. This is the opposite of tensile strength, which is the load that concrete can handle without failing when it is being stretched apart. Compressive strength is a key factor in how well your concrete was made and how well your fence will handle what is thrown at it.
Precast concrete walls need very little maintenance – no treatment for pests or replacement of rotting parts. What your concrete fence will need to look its best are regular cleanings. The five main methods of cleaning precast concrete fences are:
- Pressure Washing
- Hand Washing
- Hand Scraping
A precast concrete fence will look very similar to a site-cast fence, but the process to get there can often look very different. It is the process to make a precast concrete fence that equals a stronger, better performing fence.
Here is an overview of how to create a concrete fence using both methods:
Adding a concrete fence to your property can have an array of benefits. For many, it can be an exciting time to an aesthetic element, while others may find it stressful to have the construction going on. Either way, what you are left makes it all worth it.
Here are the top five benefits to using precast concrete for your fence that will make your fencing project more enjoyable.
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.