While many construction materials have come and gone, concrete remains one of those that have held steadfast in their reliability for construction. Concrete buildings and homes have proven to be sturdier, durable, healthy, and quite the energy saver when correctly formed. Precast concrete is popularly known for use in huge public buildings, bridges, and even large monumental street landscape furniture. Today, however, you can use precast concrete in the construction of homes within days. Yes, panel homes are a new wave of construction that promises to deliver your home in a matter of days. The process involved when using precast concrete to build panel homes follows:
Preparation of land for panels
The first step involves clearing and preparation of the land you intend to build on. Panel homes are best suited for flat areas and so you will need to do some landscaping first. After clearing and leveling the land, precast footing is laid firmly into the ground. The footing functions as the foundation of your building. The footing blocks are laid in accordance with your wall layouts. After the footing is installed, your precast concrete panel walls can arrive even as soon as the next day.
Your home arrives
Your home then literally arrives on the back of trucks. The precast concrete panels are already cut to specifications. Details such as windows, doors, and other openings are already made. This solid bulk of precast concrete wall panels will be the main support structure of your home. They will, therefore, be fastened quite firmly on the precast footing earlier laid. By the end of the second day, the shell of the entire house with all walls in place will be up and awaiting completion.
Roofing is the next activity done on your home. Roofing can be a simple single day's work. First, a plate is fastened all around the top of the external walls. The roof trusses are then fixed on the surrounding plate. In this instance of building, the walls become the main supporting structure of the roof, and not timber frames. Finally the roofing material is laid on the roof completing the process.
Once the roof is up, the final process involves a major step of pouring the slab for the floor, and other interior fittings. The internal wall is first layered with material such as plasterboard, leaving room between the precast concrete and the board. This availed room allows for systems such as electrical and plumbing to be installed all around the house. Next the windows and doors are fitted and finally in a few more days your house will be ready and water tight. The rest of the journey is left to you to run with your imagination and install all manner of interior fittings you had dreamed of.