What Is Pre-Cast Concrete?
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What Is Pre-Cast Concrete?

Architectural pre-cast concrete uses additives in the mixture to produce an aesthetically pleasing product.

Architectural pre-cast concrete uses additives in the mixture to produce an aesthetically pleasing product.

Pre-cast concrete is produced by casting concrete in a reusable mold or “form.” The form is then held in a controlled environment, aesthetically finished, transported to the construction site, and laid onto a building or structure. By contrast, standard cast-in-place concrete is poured into site-specific forms and cured on site.   

Pre-cast concrete is commonly referred to as either “architectural pre-cast” or “gray pre-cast.”  Used in building construction applications, architectural pre-cast employs a variety of fine aggregate, color additives, and specialty enhancements in the mixture to create an aesthetically pleasing product. On the other hand, gray pre-cast is used in many foundational applications such as bridge girders, sewer pipes, manhole covers, and buried tanks.

Since pre-cast concrete is produced in a manufacturing plant as opposed to a construction site, it can cure properly and be closely monitored for quality and workmanship.

From a financial standpoint, the forms used in a pre-cast plant may be reused many times, which provides lower unit cost than on-site cast production.

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