The construction world is constantly evolving and concrete contractors are always on the lookout for new developments that may improve their work. Construction with tilt-up panels is one of the hottest trends in the concreting sector today, with many more concrete contractors considering adopting this construction technique.
But does building with tilt-up concrete construction always make sense? Like any other concrete construction method, this concrete construction solution isn't designed for use in every situation.
Here's a look at some circumstances when it makes perfect sense.
Where the building to be constructed is too large
In applications where the building to be erected is too large, it may be impractical to manufacture concrete wall panels at an offsite facility and transport the panels to the construction site for final assembly. This is because the required panels may be too large and heavy to be safely transported at any distance.
Tilt-up wall construction helps to avoid the design limitations imposed by the use of precast concrete panels, as the required panels can be poured in place onsite regardless of their size and erected once they have cured.
Where the weather doesn't present significant challenges
While tilt-up wall panels provide great flexibility in construction, they only work where the weather allows it. Tilt-up concrete construction is particularly suitable for locations where temperate weather occurs for the most part of the year. This is because temperate weather provides almost factory-like conditions required for the concrete to cure properly.
Construction locations in areas where cold weather occurs frequently aren't ideal for tilt-up wall construction because the concrete won't cure so well.
Where there is a need to cut costs
In applications where there is a need to keep construction costs down, tilt-up concrete construction presents the opportunity to save a lot of money, provided there is favourable weather. By manufacturing all the concrete wall panels needed for the construction job onsite, concreters can avoid incurring hauling costs, which can be quite expensive even if the panels are small and manageable or the distance involved is short.
From the above discussion, it is clear that tilt-up panels have a place in the modern concrete construction industry. Unfortunately, they can't be used in all situations. If you'd like to find out if you can benefit from this construction solution, feel free to consult a concrete contractor. They will listen to your project needs and assess your situation to determine if tilt-up wall construction is a viable option for you.