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Protective Qualities of Precast Concrete Products in Alabama

Large construction projects often involve big things, including big structures and big pieces of equipment. These projects in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors often include the use of precast concrete products. The use of precast concrete offers a number of advantages for construction companies and customers.

A number of the advantages of using precast concrete are mentioned below. These advantages concern this products resistance to external elements that pose a threat to the integrity, appearance, and strength of structures over time.

Weather Resistant

Precast concrete has the ability to withstand the number of weather forces, including flying debris from the wind, flood damage, and rain penetration. It can also protect against numerous freestyle cycles, ensuring that it will not crumble or decay as those temperatures impose contraction and expansion forces.

Fire Resistant

When properly constructed along with the right insulation and paneling on ceilings and walls, precast concrete is fireproof. It has the ability to hinder the fire from spreading between different rooms.

The precast concrete itself will not catch on fire or burn and it also will not usually melt or drip unless it is covered with more incorporates a special additive layer in its construction.

Uniformity and strength of precast concrete products prevent it from sustained major damage in the event of a fire. Damaged paneling from a fire may need replacement, but not the precast concrete underneath the paneling. Most of damage caused by a fire will not affect the precast concrete itself, but only cosmetic and surface areas, which may simply need a new coat of paint or some cleaning.

Chemical and Rust Resistant

Precast concrete provide significant resistance to rust and chemical exposure. It is used extensively for bridges, docks, and overpasses with the installation of interlocked precast concrete blocks that are highly resistant to fuel and oil spills. These panels are easy to replace if and when necessary, but do not endure significant harm if the panel suffers damage as a result of a chemical spill.

Precast concrete products exposed to water and rain are not as likely to rust as are standard cast-in-place concrete building construction. With these precast products, internal rebar often is not exposed to too precast concrete’s high strength. It is used extensively at locations on the water, including marinas. It also resists many of the microbes present in bodies of water, a characteristic that can prevent potential decay to the internal rebar.

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