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: