How to: precast concrete panel installation. A Step-by-Step Guide
Are you interested in learning how Premium Fence ensures a solid and secure precast concrete panel installation ? The key is utilizing precast concrete elements, which simplifies and accelerates the process. These fence sections are produced offsite, offering significant time and cost savings for clients. In our blog, we’ll walk you through the entire installation process, from the initial mold making to the final assembly of wall sections, resulting in a dependable and long-lasting fence.
First, let’s answer a basic question.
What is precast concrete?
Precast concrete is a building material made by casting concrete in a reusable mold or form, which is then cured in a controlled environment before being transported to the construction site. This process allows for consistent quality and strength of the concrete.
One of the advantages of precast concrete is its durability and resistance to various elements such as impact, air and water penetration, and corrosion. It is also not affected by insects, termites, mold, or decay, making it a low-maintenance material.
Precast concrete can be used for a variety of applications, including walls, floors, stairs, and even fences. In the case of precast concrete fences, they are a popular choice due to their strength and durability, as well as their ability to provide privacy and security for residential properties. Additionally, precast concrete fences can be customized with different designs and finishes, allowing for aesthetic versatility.
A typical step-by-step precast concrete panel installation by Premium Fence
The client specifies what they want, including color, finish, height, width, shape, desired strength, aggregate, and any other design elements required. Once the design is finalized, we create detailed drawings and molds for each section of the fence.
Now it’s time to prepare the site. We mobilize on the job site and set the footings. An auger is used to drill holes for the footings, which are then laid out and set to grade. These holes are filled with concrete to secure the footings in place. After the footings are set, the structure is prepared to support the wall sections.
While the panels are being precast, we prepare for the installation of the concrete fence. Once the precast concrete panels are completed and have passed quality checks, they are shipped to the project site. Since the panels are already formed offsite, there is no need for additional molds or concrete pouring at the location. This streamlined process saves both time and money for the client.
The first step of the the precast concrete panel installation is fence footings need to be in place. These footings are typically installed every 15 feet along the fence line. An auger is used to drill holes for the footings, (or manual digging), which are then filled with concrete to secure them in place. After the footings are set, the structure is prepared to support the wall sections.
Now it’s time to install the wall sections. Once the precast concrete panels arrive onsite, they are removed from the delivery truck and moved to the appropriate spots along the fence line. Each wall section is lifted over the supports and slid into place, ensuring proper alignment with the panel ends and structural supports. This process is repeated for each panel until the entire fence is assembled. If the wall is taller than 8 feet, a crane will be needed to lift the pieces of concrete into place as per the image shown below.
After all the wall sections are in place, we place a concrete cap over the wall footings to hide the opening at the top and enhance the overall appearance of the fence. Additional features such as gates, lighting, or security elements can also be installed at this stage.
And with that, the installation of a precast concrete fence is complete. We have ensured a solid and secure fence installation that will last for many years to come. We have saved our clients time and money with a streamlined process that delivers quality results.
The best part about our concrete walls
Important to note about our precast concrete panel installation. These walls is these walls have a remarkable crush strength of over 35 MPa and a design life of 50 years, making them suitable for various applications ranging from large public projects to mid-size industrial works and small residential jobs. In addition to their impressive structural integrity, these concrete walls also provide excellent sound reduction, with the ability to decrease noise levels by up to 38 dB. This makes them an ideal choice for those seeking a permanent and secure fencing solution that effectively keeps out unwanted noise. Furthermore, these products have been approved for recommended highway use by both British Columbia and Alberta’s Ministry of Transportation (MOT), which requires meeting a series of stringent tests and criteria, further attesting to the high technical quality of their concrete walls.
Watch this video example to see a typical process of concrete fence installation.
Benefits of precast concrete fences
Here are some benefits of precast concrete panel installations that you might want to consider:
- Durability: Precast concrete fences are extremely durable and can withstand various environmental elements such as wind, rain, and sun exposure. They are also resistant to corrosion, impact, and fire, making them a reliable long-term option for your property.
- Low maintenance: Precast concrete fences require minimal maintenance compared to other types of fences. They are not affected by insects, termites, or rot, which means you can save on repair and replacement costs over time.
- Aesthetically pleasing: Precast concrete fences can be customized to match your desired aesthetic preferences. They can be colored, textured, or shaped to fit your specific design requirements.
- Security: Precast concrete fences provide a high level of security and privacy for your property. They are difficult to climb or break through, which can deter potential intruders or trespassers.
- Sound reduction: Precast concrete fences can help reduce noise levels from nearby traffic or neighbors, making your property more comfortable and peaceful.
- Cost-effective: Precast concrete fences are cost-effective, with a longer lifespan than many other types of fences. They also require less maintenance, which can result in significant cost savings over time.
So, whether you’re looking for a residential or commercial fence, consider a precast concrete panel installation. And if you want it done right, call on us to do the job!
We hope you found this article informative. Feel free to call or email us with any questions about fence replacement for your strata, and a member of our support team will be happy to assist you. We pride ourselves on having the best customer service in the industry. We care about our clients and are genuinely grateful for their business. Thank you for reading this.