The abundance of wood in the United States makes it the primary building material. But concrete walls have made inroads into traditional construction.
The precast walls are growing in popularity in the industrial and commercial buildings, but residential use is also on the rise. Because of the ability to mimic brick, rock and other patterns on its surface, the material is more acceptable for residential use.
Precast concrete walls get made in a manufacturing facility. Forms made of steel are used to make the panels. Within the forms, the manufacturer can add openings for doors and windows. The forms are sprayed with oil to prevent the concrete from sticking. An interlocking frame of iron bars fits inside the form and helps to reinforce the concrete.
The concrete is poured into the form, submersing the iron bars. The material is then vibrated to force out air bubbles and make the concrete more compact. Workers smooth the surface of the wall to make it level.
After the concrete dries, it is removed from the form. Workers chip away any excess concrete and minor damage is filled in with wet concrete. The panels are then ready for installation. They are shipped to the job site and installed in a few hours.
The ease of installation is one of the benefits of using concrete walls in construction. Wall panels made Del Zotto Products include attachments in the walls for easier installation on site.
In addition to residential construction, Del Zotto panels are used in churches, retail stores, apartment complexes and many other types of businesses.
Del Zotto Products carries all your precast concrete needs from ready-made products to the forms and materials needed for you to make your own precast products. For information, contact us today.