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Architectural Precast Concrete

Precast concrete products are reinforced concrete and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Concrete is a mix of cement, sand and aggregate. Cement is made from a natural substance - limestone that is acquired from the earth - so precast concrete is a totally non-toxic product and environmentally safe. Its extreme durability and low cost make them a good choice for long term outdoor use. Precast concrete's thermal properties can be exploited in low-energy buildings.


Precast Concrete Beams Precast Concrete Moldings

Integral color can be achieved by adding iron oxide pigments to the concrete during manufacturing. WDI offers 24 standard concrete design colors and we can custom make any color to client specifications and taste. Precast concrete finishes available include acid-etched, smooth, coarse, grit, sand blasted, rubbed or polished. Mixes designed to resemble natural stone are our specialty.

Architects love to design buildings with design elements such as precast concrete window panels and sills, beams, wall panel details, decorative concrete blocks, precast concrete moldings, walls, wall systems and retaining walls. Architectural precast concrete provides architects with an exciting medium when designing facades for a wide range of buildings, from healthcare facilities to shopping malls, commercial office buildings to sports stadiums.


Architectural Precast Concrete Precast Concrete Building

Concrete products are heavy at 140+ pounds per cubic foot. All products must be offloaded and moved to their final location by hand or by forklift. Structural concrete columns are typically set by crane. For lighter alternatives satisfying the needs of your specific application see GFRC, GFRG, FRP and Forton MG.

Precast concrete panels are cast face-downwards in purpose-built moulds, usually made of either timber or fiber glass. A steel reinforcement cage is placed in the mould prior to the concrete being poured. Timber moulds can be easily adjusted so that maximum use can be made of each basic mould, further contributing to cost efficiencies.


Precast Concrete Products Precast Concrete Walls

By inserting mats or rods in the base of the mould different designs and effects can be created - from false joints to intricate leaf patterns. Increasingly, maximum use of off-site fabrication is being made by fixing other elements, from insulation to entire windows, during manufacture of precast panels.


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