Precast concrete refers to concrete walls that are made in a production facility and which are then used on a construction site. They're a popular choice for commercial structures but are also gaining in popularity for those having new homes built. If you're working with a contractor to build the home of your dreams, you might want to consider precast concrete for the home's frame.
Note a few advantages it offers over any other type of construction material:
1. More stable against rot and insects, and other irritants
Wood needs to be treated to be protected against rot and insects, and even after this treatment it may still be attacked by termites, become host to rodents and other pests, and may eventually rot as it shifts and cracks over time. These risks may be increased in tropical environments, where the added humidity in the air can be absorbed by wood and cause it to rot and break down.
Precast concrete doesn't need any type of treatment to be protected against rot and insects, and you can have it fabricated according to your own specifications very easily. If you want the concrete to be of a particular density to offer more protection against dust and allergens as well as bacteria and other irritants, this can be done during the manufacturing process.
2. Faster construction process
Typically a structure is built in what you might call layers; the foundation is poured, then the frame is made, then plumbing and electrical are run, then drywall is installed.
This can make construction very tedious and time-consuming, but precast concrete can cut that construction time significantly. The walls can be produced in a factory at the same time as the foundation is being poured. Rather than having to erect the frame and then cut out windows, spacing for plumbing pipes and electrical, and otherwise fabricate the walls after they're up, this can also all be done during the manufacturing process. In turn, you can have earlier occupancy of your home when you choose precast concrete.
It may seem like it would be more expensive to use precast concrete that is made and shaped in a factory, but in truth, it can actually be more affordable than other options that need to be made on a jobsite. A precast concrete provider may have certain sizes and fabrications readily available so that they don't require any specialized construction, and this too can cut down on their cost. Your new home construction may be more affordable than you realize when you choose precast concrete.
To learn more, contact a company like Specialty Precast Pty Ltd. with any questions or concerns you have.