Trying to get a concrete structure built on time and on budget can be a challenge, particularly when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Precast concrete construction is one way to address this challenge. The slabs are fabricated in controlled conditions and then transported to the construction site where they are to be installed. To make this process go smoothly, contractors should pay close attention to four basic elements of the job.
The concrete pieces that are created in the warehouse must be able to fit perfectly in place when they are installed together. It is essential, therefore, to follow the configuration of each piece exactly. The company creating the pieces need to know where they fit in the overall plan so that they can account for factors such as utilities and electrical components.
Open, consistent communication is essential. The designer in the warehouse and the contractor on site need to coordinate their work. It is advisable that the precast concrete construction designer work in tandem with the contractor to ensure that the whole process goes smoothly from beginning to end.
Prefabricated pieces require strong joints to hold them together. Skimping on the details that make joints hold well can have expensive consequences in the long run. It is particularly important to focus on quality work with precast concrete.
When cost is figured according to the many individual pieces that are needed to build a structure, even a seemingly small increase in price for each individual piece can blow the overall budget. Make sure that enhancements and extra details still come within the owner’s cost range before finalizing them as part of the design.
Precast concrete construction can solve a lot of common project issues. You can increase the quality of each piece when you can control the conditions in which it is created, and you don’t have to wait for the weather to cooperate before making progress. Following these tips can make the use of precast materials even easier.