We get it. You're hesitant. Maybe even a little skeptical. Why should you even consider precast concrete over steel or half a dozen of other building materials you've used before and you're perfectly comfortable with?
Well, for starters, how about durability, aesthetics and quality? Then of course there's timeline, budget, site size and location. And let's not forget sustainability and maintenance. The fact is, we've not come across a building project challenge yet that can't be solved with precast concrete or prestressed concrete. So why precast concrete?
Precast concrete is highly resistant to impact, corrosion, weathering, abrasion and other ravages of time, which reduces maintenance and operating costs. A low water/cement ratio combined with good compaction and curing in a controlled factory environment ensures a dense, highly durable concrete.
Precast concrete is non-combustible with built-in fire-resistant capability. It creates a safe envelope that helps protect people, equipment and the building itself. And it may also be helpful in reducing property insurance premiums.
Precast concrete provides the designer with an unlimited architectural vocabulary of expression. It is incredibly responsive to the designer’s needs, as it can be shaped in a cost effective manner. The only limits are imagination and creativity. Design flexibility is possible in both color and texture by varying aggregate and matrix colors, size of aggregates, finishing processes and depth of exposure.
Precast concrete components produced by PCI-certified plants are produced under strict, factory-controlled conditions to ensure the highest quality in the desired shapes, colors and textures along with applicable tolerances. PCI inspections focus on the process by which the units are produced, as well as the plant’s general operation. PCI Certification pays off for owners and architects because it produces fewer worries about on-site discovery of units out of tolerance, connection details that are incorrectly cast or mismatched finishes from panel to panel. It also minimizes the need for continuous inspections, again saving the project money.
Metromont’s thermal-efficient precast concrete building systems with continuous insulation offer a number of sustainability benefits during the construction process and long after the building has been completed. We help increase each building’s sustainability by reducing its embodied energy and assist in contributing to LEED® points in several ways. Precast concrete’s ability to store energy and dampen the effect of temperature change on heating and cooling systems which may save a considerable amount of energy over the long term and can result in significant cost savings as well.