What is Precast Concrete?

     Precast concrete can be dated back all the way to the Romans.  Ancient Roman builders used concrete for many structures and eventually began pouring it into molds to build their intricately designed aqueducts, tunnels and many other structures.  These days precast concrete is used in countless ways from walls to bridges to many different decorative applications as well.  Precast concrete is produced by casting concrete in a reusable mold, or “form”, which is then cured in a controlled environment.  From there you can move it to wherever you need, whether it be a store, construction site, or someone’s home.  In contrast, standard concrete is poured into predetermined forms built onsite.  Since this is not a controlled environment you lose the advantage of consistency in the mix, placement and curing.  

Some of the advantages of precast concrete are:

  • It is easier to control the mix, placement and curing since you are in a controlled environment.
  • Weather is eliminated as a factor, unlike standard poured concrete, which speeds up production, provides a uniform product, and allows you to perfect mixes and methods.
  • Installation can happen immediately onsite with precast materials, as there is no waiting for the concrete to cure and gain strength.
  • With the ability to so tightly control the process, from materials to environment to curing, you result in extremely strong and durable concrete.
  • For specialty concrete projects it allows you to have a mold(s) that gives you coordinating pieces that will shorten the production time, since the same mold can be used over and over again.