What is Precast Concrete?

Doug EnrightFebruary 2, 2015

Precast concrete is a type of casting concrete that utilizes a reusable form, or mold. From there, it’s cured in a semi-controlled area, transported to where the project is being done and then put into place. This is in contrast to pouring and setting your own concrete on-site during a project. There’s many reasons why precast concrete may be used instead of pouring it yourself. Let’s look at what precast concrete can do for your construction project.

More About Precast Concrete

One of the biggest benefits of using precast concrete for any project is that because it’s cured in a controlled, and monitored, environment, factors outside where the project is being completed won’t interfere with the concrete setting properly. This means you don’t have to worry about something falling into wet concrete, someone walking through it or other mishaps that happen when concrete is poured in the wild.

Safety is another reason to use precast concrete over pouring it, as precast concrete is overall safer to create and move than taking care of it at a construction site. You can control the quality of concrete mix better in a controlled environment than you can on-site, and you can also ensure that the mix is properly set before moving it to location. This means you don’t have to worry about it not being set when pouring on-site, leading to less issues with having to reset, repour and correct errors.

Precast concrete can be used in a variety of ways for construction and can often make a project that much easier to complete, especially on larger levels. Buildings, storage solutions and even roads can take advantage of precast concrete, although it’s less common to see this method used for highways and roadways in the United States now than it was in the past. Many older cities, from the early 1900s, took advantage of the precast concrete method for erecting buildings, many of which are still standing today.

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