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How Precast Concrete is Made

Precast Concrete | Aug 9 / 18

Knowing how precast concrete is made can help you make an informed decision about whether or not it is the best product for your specific construction needs. At Eagle West Cranes, we understand how important it is for you to have the right construction products of the job. That is why we offer a wide range of precast concrete products, including road barriers, retaining walls, Octa-Blocs®, and parking curbs.

What is Precast Concrete and How is it Made?

Precast concrete is a highly versatile type of concrete product that is available in a wide range of different sizes, shapes, and finishes. Unlike concrete that is poured onsite, precast concrete is produced in a controlled factory environment through the use of advanced manufacturing techniques. In order to create precast concrete, concrete is poured into reusable and adjustable moulds before being vibrated and cured. Precast concrete can also be created using specified, architectural finishes, such as staining or polishing, which is also applied in the factory. Once the precast concrete has been made, it is then transported to the construction site and put into position with the help of a mobile crane.

When to Use Precast Concrete

Some of the most common types of construction projects that precast concrete is used for include:

Precast Concrete Structures

Since precast concrete provides a high level of durability and strength, it is the ideal option for applications that see a fair amount of wear and tear due to everything from heavy foot traffic to weather elements. Some of the different types of precast concrete structures are:

  • Parking structures
  • Building foundations
  • Bridges
  • Culverts
  • Curb inlets and catch basins
  • Sound walls
  • Retaining walls

Precast Concrete Buildings

In addition to reducing moisture and creating an energy efficient environment, precast concrete also offers fire-resistant and sound-attenuating characteristics that are ideal for a variety of different building applications, such as:

  • Office buildings
  • Multi-unit housing
  • Hospitals and medical centres
  • Schools
  • Retail shopping centres

If you would like to learn more about how precast concrete is made, or if you are interested in one of our products or services (mobile cranes, precast concrete, or industrial moving and other services), please contact Eagle West Cranes at the location nearest you or by filling out a contact form on our website.