Precast And Tilt-Up Wall Panels: Which Option Is Right For Your Project?
As a leader, you have the ability to make critical decisions that shape the trajectory of your construction project. Whether expanding or building new, CCI’s team of experienced professionals will provide you with options that we believe will best suit your needs and project goals.
Unlike other project elements, the time frame for deciding which steel or concrete wall panel option (precast or tilt-up) is right for your organization is narrow. Empowering yourself with knowledge of the pros and cons of each wall panel type can assist you in making a timely decision.
First and foremost, it is important to note that both methods are equally low-maintenance and durable. Your decision will ultimately be based on which method can help you reach your project goals (e.g. budget, schedule, location) more easily and effectively.
When starting a project, our dedicated CCI team will assess your goals to help you decide which choice is right for your company.
Just as the name suggests, precast wall panels are premade. They are assembled inside of a production facility, which means inclement weather cannot delay the building process. This option can be ideal for businesses that don’t want to risk disruption from harsh Wisconsin winters. Once the panels arrive on-site, they are lifted into place by cranes and secured.
Although there are numerous benefits of precast panels, there are several downsides. The primary drawback is scheduling. Extra lead time is involved, primarily because precast wall panels are created by a separate company. This means that production and shipping can take a significant amount of time.
In contrast to the production method used for precast wall panels, tilt-up panels are created on the project site. Once they’ve been constructed, tilt-ups are (as their name suggests) tilted up and secured in place.
Owners choose tilt-up wall panels for several reasons. The first is having the ability to expedite the construction process. CCI’s expert carpenters can add additional shifts to speed up wall panel casting. A second reason for using tilt-up panels is to have greater flexibility in customizing panel width and height.
One major drawback for this construction method is Wisconsin’s often unpredictable climate. Cold weather, snow, and rain can all delay the creation of tilt-up panels. When inclement weather lasts for prolonged periods of time, the completion of a building can be delayed significantly.
Cost comparison and deciding which option is best
Another big question we get about precast versus tilt-up wall panels is “what is the difference in cost?” Since there are too many variables involved (e.g. materials, design, weather) to provide a simplified cost comparison, it is best to give us a call. Our team at CCI is your ultimate resource for information on tilt-up and precast wall panels.
For more information on working with us for your next construction project, call us at (608) 362-2912.