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Concrete is among the most used construction materials around the world. From buildings and hardscaping to infrastructure, concrete is chosen for its strength, durability, and aesthetics. Concrete building construction is prominently featured in hospitals, offices, schools, apartments and more.
What Is Concrete?
Concrete is an agglomerate of stone and cement paste. Admixtures are chemical additives used to enhance the workability of concrete or reduce the cure time. Admixtures also can enhance the durability of concrete construction. Concrete strength is a function of the water/cement ratio. (Too much water and the concrete will be weak!) Concrete strength increases over time as it goes from a semi-fluid state to a fully-cured solid.
Precast Concrete Is Produced in a Factory-Controlled Setting
Precast concrete is cast in a reusable mold in a factory setting where quality is strictly controlled. Precast components are usually manufactured while the job site is prepared, and often can be installed as soon as the slab is completed. Concrete building construction can include both structural and architectural cladding elements.
As a building technology, precast concrete offers a wide variety of details and finish options. Its highly customizable array of shapes, colors and textures makes virtually any design aesthetic possible – from stucco to brick veneer to architectural stone. In addition, architects can specify elements like reveals, bullnoses, tile insets, parapets – just about anything that can be designed.
Factory fabrication allows precise, all-weather manufacture and finishing, which offers a quality advantage in concrete building construction. Factory tools and a predictable work environment also enable more finish options than can be applied in the field. Additionally, factory-made forms can be stored or recycled for use on other projects.
Precast Concrete on the Job Site
On the job site, factory-cured precast products are delivered ready to erect in almost any weather, which reduces the potential for costly delays and takes up less space than cast-in-place concrete construction. And, single source fabrication and erection reduces delays and defects that result from the coordination of multiple trades.
Factory precast concrete is also “green” and can contribute to LEED certification in part because it uses local materials that are in abundant supply. Learn more about green building materials
Architectural and Aesthetic Advantages of Concrete Building Construction
The colors and textures of precast concrete are determined primarily by the pigments and aggregates that are used to make up the agglomerate. Factory precast allows consistent mixtures of exact colors and textures across and between batches. This means that the color of the project is as planned from the first column to the last panel.
Precast can also be finished using a broad range of techniques to achieve the architect’s vision. Finishing techniques offer an economical way to change colors and visuals.
Architectural precast can also provide the traditional appearance of brick without the environment being disturbed. Thin brick veneer as a three to six percent absorption rate. 5000 psi concrete forms the joints. There is no tuck point/sealing. Thin-brick precast conforms to PCI standards for brick embedded in precast.
Key Benefits of Precast Concrete Building Construction
The benefits of concrete building construction include:
Why Choose High Concrete for Your Concrete Building Construction Needs?
When it comes to building construction, concrete products from High Concrete Group LLC are the preferred choice of architects who demand high-quality building materials. They are also favored by general contractors and construction managers who work in precast concrete. We’re known for our ability to resolve the most difficult design challenges and for being innovative leaders within the precast concrete industry. We focus on building long-standing relationships with our clients that are based on trust.
To learn more about the advantages of precast concrete building construction, give us a call at 877-844-4418 today.