When it comes to building a new home, there are many choices to make. One of the most important being what type of construction material to use.
In recent years, more and more builders have been choosing precast concrete for above-grade walls and concrete foundations. There are many reasons for this, but here are the main benefits:
Strength, durability, and comfortability
Precast concrete is much stronger than wood, allowing it to better withstand severe weather conditions without rotting, cracking, or becoming termite-infested.
It also keeps homes more comfortable by maintaining a constant temperature indoors and blocking extreme outdoor temperatures, as well as preventing drafts that are common in homes with wood walls.
Precast concrete can also dampen external noise from neighbors and traffic that wood cannot. It’s also water and fire resistant, improving air quality and decreasing the chance of mold. This can often save you money on home insurance.
Another reason builders love precast concrete is because it’s quick to install.
It typically takes 15-20 days for a concrete house to lock up–a significant difference from the 45-60 days that it takes to build a standard home.
This time savings means that builders can complete construction projects more quickly, costing you less in labor and allowing you to move in more quickly.
Resistance to weathering and decay
Precast concrete is also resistant to weathering and decay, meaning that it will not chip or flake like other materials can.
This makes precast concrete an ideal choice for homes in areas like Louisiana, where severe weather conditions such as hurricanes and high humidity levels are a common occurrence.
Economical and environmental sustainability
Finally, precast concrete is an economical and sustainable choice for construction.
Precast concrete walls have a long lifespan and do not require the same level of maintenance as other materials.
Additionally, this material reduces greenhouse gas emissions and will decrease your monthly energy bill. Its airtight, insulative, and energy efficient properties allow it to produce as much renewable energy as it consumes.
If you’re investing in a precast concrete structure or installation that will be exposed to extreme weather conditions, it makes sense to choose high-quality materials for the best results. At Port Aggregates, all of our concrete products are made with the finest ingredients. It’s why we’ve been trusted for over 40 years! Contact us today to request a quote for your next precast concrete project.