Considering precast concrete as flooring in your latest construction project? This is where you need to be before you start.
In this article, we’ll discuss the things you need to consider when choosing precast concrete as your go-to flooring option, and when to contact the team at Specialty Precast.
So What Do You Need to Consider When Choosing Precast Concrete as Flooring?
There are, in fact, several things you need to consider when opting for precast concrete flooring in your construction project. Here, we’ll discuss some of the most common:
Type of Permanent Support
Precast concrete comes to your site pre-moulded, so it can’t be shaped once it’s in place, the way poured concrete can. As such, you need to consider the type of permanent supports you’ll need in place to make way for the precast concrete.
Type of Temporary Support
When you’re installing precast concrete flooring, you will need temporary support solutions as your project is pieced together. Make sure they are the right size, capacity and weight before you start bringing in your precast concrete.
Most precast concrete slabs for flooring have a span of 15m. If you need something customised, you will need to contact your manufacturer and discuss your specific dimensions before it shows up to site, only to find it doesn’t fit where you need it.
Thickness & Weight
Precast concrete flooring is generally between 125 to 150mm in thickness, and fairly sturdy in terms of the weight capacity it can hold.
However, if you don’t check this before you start building (especially if you intend on using flooring in something like a multi-storey complex), you need to make sure it can withstand it without causing structural issues in the future.
Thermal insulation is one of the key reasons many architects and construction companies choose precast concrete for flooring. Its energy efficiency properties make it great for sustainable projects, but if you’re looking for a particular rating, you should check with your manufacturer.
Fire resistance is another main reason why precast concrete makes an optimal flooring material, so it’s important to consider this (and the specific rating you’re looking for) when choosing the right mould or design for you.
When to Contact Specialty Precast
If you want quality precast concrete for flooring in your next construction project, contact Specialty Precast.
We are always working hard to make sure our products are some of the best in the business, and it’s this commitment to excellence that has earnt us a reputation you can rely on over the last forty years or so.
To find out more about your options for precast concrete flooring, contact us today.