Precast Concrete Foundation Wall Panels Offer a Host of Benefits
If you are planning on building your dream home, you should talk to your builder about using precast concrete foundation wall panels. These popular construction staples can save you money on your build and in heating costs.
“We use precast concrete foundation wall panels because they are as strong as poured concrete, sit on a bed of gravel, which keeps out moisture, come pre-insulated and pre-punched for electrical wiring, and can be installed in one day,” says Bill, K&B Home Solutions’ Head of Field Operations.
Time and Labor Savings
Many precast concrete wall foundations can be installed in just hours, much less than the time required for poured concrete walls. They are delivered to the construction site install-ready. These panels can be erected in cold temperatures, so frigid weather won’t cause a delay in laying your foundation. Plus, there is no on-site curing time. Your builder can backfill a wall as soon as the slab and first floor joists are set. So, you save money on labor and enjoy a faster build time.
Because precast concrete walls are created in a temperature-controlled facility, manufacturers are able to create concrete mixes that harden to a 5,000 psi that is double that of standard poured walls or concrete blocks. Precast panels also better resist termites and fire.
Warmer and Drier
The concrete’s thermal mass enables the walls to absorb, store and release heat. This reduces temperature fluctuations, affording a more temperature controlled and drier basement for enhanced energy efficiency. All precast concrete panels are formed with built-in insulation for greater energy savings.
Convenient Construction Capabilities
Precast walls can be customized to the project to allow for window and door openings, access for wiring and plumbing, and nailers for drywall construction. This saves time during the build, saving you money on labor costs.