When it comes to construction, there are a couple ways to build with concrete. One is to bring the truck in and pour the concrete, which requires a pause on the construction during the drying time. The other option is using precast concrete. To decide which is the best option for your specific project needs, you will want to know what the pros and cons are to precast concrete.
One of the biggest advantages of using precast is you will have the ability to have sections made prior to needing them on the job site. This will allow you to stay on schedule when weather prohibits your ability to work. The ability to control the product is greater, and the molds can be used multiple times before a new mold is needed. The higher the quality, the happier the client will be and more likely to refer you to others. Precast also allows for sections of concrete to be constructed at the same time, so it can be transported easily. Therefore, not only can you make multiple parts and have them ready to go with the building, you will also be able to complete the precast quickly and have a low overhead.
With that said, one of the biggest disadvantages to using precast is the fact you must travel to purchase, which improves the chances of you getting into an accident and getting the concrete damaged. In addition, you will need to train people on the ability to handle the concrete and mold. These pieces will be very heavy since they are made from concrete, so you will need specialty equipment for the lifting and moving of the pieces. Finally, it is harder to make sure everything is adjusted properly, compared to pouring fresh concrete on a website that connections can be placed.
Precast concrete is extremely beneficial to the client in many cases because the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Molds can be used multiple times and they are able to be made from recycled products from other factory trash. However, with each project, analyze what is best for the project. For projects that are huge and strict deadlines, then a precast system will be your best bet. You just want to make sure you have a safe way to transport the pieces. On the other hand, if you are not in any big hurry or it is not a big deal if you are waiting on the concrete to stop, then select the standard cement truck.