Precast concrete is a construction material that is made by casting concrete in a reusable mold or form.
It is extremely heavy and often used for building bridges, highways, and other large structures.
That being said, safely getting these awkwardly-shaped structures from point A to point B is vital.
Let’s take a closer look at how to transport precast concrete.
Wait until it’s fully cured
Because transporting precast concrete can cause stress to the product, it’s important to make sure it’s fully cured before moving it. Otherwise, lifting or moving it too soon may cause it to crack.
The right professionals will have a system in place for timing and determining when the product is officially ready for transport.
Determine the equipment needed
Do you know what kind of equipment will be needed to lift the concrete on and off the truck?
You will likely need a forklift or hydraulic clamp.
Understanding the equipment you need will help you determine the right heavy haul company for the job. Choosing the wrong company to lift your precast concrete can result in disasters, like this one.
Hire a heavy haul company
A heavy haul company will be necessary for precast concrete transportation. They’ll be able to help you lift it from your concrete plant, to the truck, and then to the desired destination.
Make sure you conduct the proper research before hiring just anyone, as an unreliable company can damage the quality of your concrete during the lift and transport. Always check their reviews and ask around for local references first.
You’ll also want to make sure that the companies in question are using either multi-axle or flatbed trailers, as they’re spacious and made to hold large amounts of weight. Using these trailers will help you ensure that everything fits and your product is transported carefully.
At Port Aggregates, we take pride in building each precast structure with the highest quality materials. When it’s time for our concrete to be transported, we work with qualified, experienced transportation companies around Louisiana to ensure that your product reaches its destination without incident. Contact us today to request a quote for your next concrete project!