At Childers Concrete Company, we have been working with concrete for many years, and we are proud to offer a variety of high-quality concrete products to contractors like you. One of the many products we offer is precast concrete, and in this article, we will provide more information to help you decide if this type of concrete is right for you.
- What is Precast Concrete? – Before we get into the benefits of precast concrete, we first need to explain what it is. Standard concrete is mixed and cast into forms on site, but precast concrete is mixed and cast elsewhere before the completed pieces are brought to the build location.
- Advantages of Precast Concrete – Using precast concrete offers many advantages over taking the traditional approach. A few examples include:
- Quality Control – Because precast concrete is manufactured in a controlled environment, it’s easier to monitor the mix, placement, and curing process, all of which results in a higher-quality product.
- Lower Cost – Precast concrete manufacturers also benefit from the economy of scale—because they make concrete in bulk, they can buy the supplies in bulk and benefit from bulk discounts.
- Time Savings – A third benefit of using precast concrete is the way it can save you time. Since the pieces arrive already cast, you won’t have to wait for them to cure properly but can instead continue with the build as soon as possible.
- Potential Drawbacks of Precast Concrete – Of course, you should also consider the drawbacks of precast concrete before you make your decision, but in our opinion, there’s only one real disadvantage. Specifically, precast concrete is heavier than the ingredients of concrete shipped separately, which drives up the cost of transporting it. If you can’t find a supplier of precast concrete close by, then you may need to cast it yourself.