Infrastructures around the globe depend on concrete for their existence. But traditionally, concrete hasn’t been considered eco-friendly. Until the advent of precast concrete, that is. The manufacturing process reduces the high-carbon emissions that have driven innovators to find newer, more sustainable building materials. Best of all, it’s built to last, reducing the need for upkeep, repairs and rebuilding—and keeping carbon footprints small.
Precast concrete is changing the face of construction by providing a more sustainable and cost-effective building material that can withstand nearly anything nature throws its way. The greener building material provides high-quality luxury without the high price tag, making it a wise, long-term investment.
How does precast concrete stand up to the elements? We’re glad you asked.
It’s virtually maintenance-free
Wood and stone fencing may be beautiful, but it takes a considerable amount of effort and cost to maintain. The national average cost to repair a fence is $504. These costs will vary depending on the extent of the damage, type of material used to construct the fence and the cost of labor.
Precast concrete fences give you the luxury look of your choice with minimal to no maintenance or repair costs since it staves off rotting, corrosion and pest damage. In terms of its cost-effectiveness, hardiness and longevity, the material is a sure win. And with its ability to imitate the look of wood or stone architecture, builders, business owners and homeowners have more (and greener) options than ever before to get the look they want at minimal cost.
It beats the weather
Fluctuations in temperatures and weather conditions can wreak havoc on everything that is permanently outdoors. Sun, rain and snowstorms can distort and fade wood and vinyl fences. Extreme climates and wind gusts can blow trees and other objects into fencing, damaging it or knocking it down. From warping and weathering wood to causing bricks and mortar to crumble, the weather is an equal opportunity destroyer.
Precast concrete fences are durable and build to last. On the slim chance that repairs are needed, precast panels are easy to replace. And because the color is infused directly into the material itself, it won’t fade—making exact color matching a breeze.
It stands up to fires
Fire is one the most devastating disasters because it destroys nearly anything in its path. Fences are an excellent fuel source when combined with combustible debris. The Homeowner’s Wildfire Mitigation Guide from the University of California advises homeowners to consider using noncombustible materials for their building projects.
Because precast concrete is hardy and durable, architects are increasingly choosing it as the noncombustible material of choice for the look of wood without the burn-factor.
It repels rot and pests
Wood fencing is susceptible to all kinds of rot, including brown rot, white rot or dry rot. Fungus causes wood to become dry and brittle. If not repaired quickly, rot can spread and end up being a costly fix depending on the extent of the damage.
But fungus organisms aren’t the only pests that love wood. Insects also love to make their homes in wood. From ants and termites to beetles, carpenter bees and horntail wasps, wood fencing provides the perfect habitat for all the bugs you don’t want around—and the perfect storm for your fencing system.
Precast concrete fences help you avoid rot repair costs and pest infestations altogether, and keeps your fence looking good while doing so. Ready to make the switch to durable fencing that can’t be beat? Contact our team today to find the right color, look and style for all your fencing needs.