In today’s fast-paced world, the old adage “time is money” is even more important especially when it comes to the construction sector. Despite improvements and advancements in machinery, transportation, and materials, many construction projects still fail to achieve their cost, quality and time objectives. Sites and workers often require constant supervision, and one ‘bad day’ can lead to significant cost and time overruns. It is for this reason that many individuals and businesses are turning to precast and prestressed concrete technology.
Precast concrete is reinforced with reinforcing bars, and prestressed concrete with wire strands with high tensile strength, or a combination of both strands and rebar. This ensures the strength and durability of the product. The precast process also requires higher strength concrete, and at Preconco Limited this is guaranteed through the use of Rock Hard Cement. Also, the company only uses highly spec’d ASTM standard reinforcement and strands. The codes followed for the precast work and the design also ensure that the structure is built to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes. Precast structures also offer a reliable supply, as they are made in purpose-built factories and not weather affected and they are highly flexible in form, shape and available finishes. The controlled manufacturing environment also minimizes waste and delivers the highest level of quality assurance in the range of finishes, as well as reduces on-site materials storage and excess.
Precasting also reduces construction time because the manufacturing of the elements is carried out beforehand. From large, multistory commercial and industrial buildings, to residences and small items like pavers and car stops anything concrete – anyone who has an idea of something they want in concrete, a precast option or solution can be provided to meet individual needs. Building with precast structures also reduces the turn-around time for many construction projects, providing a structure in a fraction of the time used by other construction methods. Once a plan or architectural design is brought to the company, the engineers can work with the clients to provide a precast solution in-keeping with the drawings. Customers know up front what the finished product will be, how long it will take and how much it will cost, eliminating the need and hassle of running around and following up on the process. Construction time is also reduced as precast options have the ability to incorporate services such as electrical and plumbing conduits, inserts, and termite barriers in the precasting process. Similar work is often more expensive to achieve on site — particularly on smaller projects. The objective with precast is to do as much as possible within the manufacturing facility so that there is minimum work to be done when the product reaches the site.
Precast concrete is reinforced with either reinforcing bars, strands with high tensile strength, or a combination of both. This ensures the longevity of the product. The precast process also requires higher strength concrete and at Preconco Limited this is guaranteed through the use of Rock Hard Cement . In addition, the company only uses highly specd ASTM standard reinforcements. The codes followed for the precast work and the design also ensure that the structure is built to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes.
Precast structures also offer a reliable supply, as they are made in purpose-built factories and not weather affected and they are highly flexible in form, shape and available finishes. The controlled manufacturing environment also minimizes waste and delivers the highest level of quality assurance in the range of finishes, as well as reduces on-site materials storage and excess.
Precast concrete has taken the lead on several residential and commercial developments in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean. The use of precasting allows housing developers to work from a standard ‘mold’, thereby reducing construction costs and times. However, the precast structure also allows internal alterations to be made to meet specific individual tastes. Precasting is also an easy choice for businesses looking for a quick turnaround when it comes to construction.
The leading precast company in the Caribbean offers an extensive product range including:
- Pre-Stressed Hollow-core Slabs
- Solid Pre-Stressed Slabs
- Wall Units
- Well Casings
- Paving Stones
- and much more.
Preconco Limited is also a “one-stop shop” for roofing solutions, windows, doors, and other furnishings can be provided by other companies within the group, bringing ease and reliance to the construction sector. What’s more, the same high standards and level of service are inherent across all of the companies.
The Future is Now
With the rising cost of raw materials, wages and other expenses and the need for faster turn-around times, precast and prestressed concrete products offer a viable alternative to the traditional block work construction. It also provides effective solutions to meeting current and future energy requirements, as Barbados and other Caribbean states place more emphasis on Green Building and the Green Economy. Precast enables clients to bring unlimited architectural designs to completion, with the knowledge that through rigorous research and development and a commitment to excellence, only products of the highest standard will be delivered. Make precast your choice today!