Precast Concrete Fence: Pros and Cons
A precast concrete fence will last for years, and installation takes little time. If you are considering such a fence, it will help you decide if you know the advantages and disadvantages of this type of fencing.
1 - Quick Curing Time
As the precast concrete fence is constructed off site, they are cured before they are installed. This allows the fence to be set immediately upon installation, which will keep the fence from developing cracks or water damage if it rains or weather temperatures rise or fall quickly. Poured concrete has to be poured when temperatures are at between 40 and 90 degrees, and allowed to cure for at least a week. This makes it difficult to find the right time to pour the concrete, and then allow it to cure without damage.
2 - Cleaner Method
Precast concrete fencing is formed in molds made to specifications of the fencing measurements. This is done off site in a factory setting which helps to keep the mess to a minimum as opposed to poured concrete which is mixed on site.
3 - Appearance
Another advantage of precast concrete is that it is carefully measured, and each piece made individually to look professional and very uniform in appearance. Another note on appearance, is that you have options as far as textures and colors. It can be textured or painted, allowing you to match the fence to your homes exterior.
4 - Durability
Precast concrete is made in a temperate setting and allowed to properly cure before installation. It is very durable. When poured concrete is set on site, there is the chance that it will not cure properly, thus the possibility of it having issues later on.
5 - Quick Installation
Once the measurements are taken, the forms are poured and cured off site, then they are brought on site to erect the fence. This goes quickly which allows you to get your project done faster.
1 - Cost
Cost is the biggest disadvantage of precast concrete fencing. It can cost double the expense, compared to other fencing options.This is not a project that you will want to take on your own, and does require a professional.
2 - Measurement Issues
If measurements are not exact, the fencing will not come out as desired. It is imperative that the measurements are accurate before the fence is made, otherwise, the pieces will not fit correctly, and it will not be aesthetically pleasing. For this reason, measuring is also best left to a professional.
3 - Limited Style
There are limited styles you may choose from for a precast concrete fence. Aside from texture and color options, there are not a lot of choices in the actual design.
4 - Damage Repairs
Precast concrete does not have a lot of elements within its structure, so you may have to replace an entire piece if you find you have cracks, or crumbling issues. It is almost impossible to repair an area of this fence in the event you do have these issues.