The Benefits of Precast Concrete Walls
A Building Material Which Has Been Tested Over Time
Concrete is a proven building material which has been used successfully for hundreds of years. Precast concrete’s versatility ensures that nowadays it is employed in a very wide variety of settings, from infrastructure, public buildings, and commercial projects to small residential properties.
Quality and Predictability
Precast concrete has a number of advantages both during and after the building process. Because precast concrete walls can be produced in tightly-controlled conditions, quality and specification issues are addressed with accuracy and predictability. The fabrication process is not weather-dependent and the necessary skills are already on hand, along with expertise in design.
On-site Speed and Economy
On-site, construction using precast panels is quicker and simpler. There is much less need for complex scaffolding and for the use of specialised skills. In volume projects, the use of modular precast components keeps costs down and speeds construction. Other trades, such as electricians, can be employed immediately after erection without waiting for the product to cure. Decorative finishes can be applied immediately, or can be incorporated in the fabrication process.
Precast concrete is an energy-efficient building material, noted for its quality of ‘Thermal Mass’; concrete walls absorb the heat of the sun during the warmest part of the day, which they then release during the night. It is also fire-resistant and resistant to damage by vermin.
An attribute of precast concrete which is becoming increasingly important is its ability, relative to many other materials, to allow the transmission of wi-fi signals; this is nowadays seen as essential in the design of many commercial and educational projects, and has led to precast concrete becoming a first-choice material for schools and colleges.
The aesthetic potential of precast concrete has been demonstrated by its use in some of the world’s most iconic structures, such as the Sydney Opera House; the soaring white “sails” so distinctive of this famous building are made of precast concrete and supported by precast concrete ribs. Adventurous architects have exploited the ability of concrete to be produced with a variety of finishes, from fine grained and smooth to rough and patterned textures.
Alcrete technical experts and design engineers have extensive experience in a wide variety of precast pre-stressed concrete application and can provide assistance at any point from identifying the optimal structure arrangement.
Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Arthurstown, Ireland spans over 125,000 square foot. It provides an unsurpassed service in terms of speed, precision and quality, resulting in significant cost savings compared to traditional construction methods.
Alcrete Building Systems ensure the highest standards in servicing the needs of each project. We have a highly skilled and experienced Logistics team on hand to ensure that every product is delivered safely and efficiently to site.
Our qualified design team work with major contractors to develop value engineering solutions. Take a look at some of our completed projects here.