What is a Tilt-Up Wall?
Tilt-Up is a building method commonly used for commercial buildings. The history of Tilt-Up construction dates back to the 1900s. This method is constructed of a series of concrete panels. The concrete panels are tilted into place to compose the building’s exterior walls. Learn more about Tilt-Up Walls.
In general, Tilt-Up Walls are far more beneficial than other construction methods. They are ideal for large, rectangular buildings. Tilt-Up construction requires the use of a crane to successfully raise the slab from the ground to a vertical position.
Advantages of Tilt-Up Walls:
- Fast Installation
- Safe Installation
- Negative Environmental Impact Reduction
- Less Waste
- Architecturally Customizable
1. More Cost-Effective in Contrast to Cast-In Walls
A majority of the expenses in building a commercial building with traditional methods such as cast-in walls involve numerous crewmembers to conduct a safe installation. In addition to the crew members, the other methods require additional construction equipment to perform work like scaffolding.
What is Scaffolding?
If you have ever passed by a building being constructed with a skeleton-like structure surrounding the build, you will see scaffolding. Scaffolding is a temporary structure that is constructed around the exterior of a building. It is usually made of metal poles and wooden planks. This structure is used by the workers to elevate and support them, along with the materials and tools they are using. Scaffolding can also be used for building repairs and maintenance.
Tilt-Up Walls eliminate the need for scaffolding which can reduce the costs for equipment and additional workforce. This can also reduce the time duration of the entire project.
2. Fast Installation
By constructing Tilt-Up Walls, you can speed up the building process drastically. The entire process of constructing Tilt-Up Walls is one of the fastest commercial construction methods to this current day. As the concrete is setting up to be installed, that time can be utilized by the crew to complete other tasks on the job site, allowing the crew to get ahead and be prepared with the following project procedures.
3. Safe Installation
No need to put crew member’s safety in danger by maneuvering on scaffolding. You also will not have to stress about crowding the worksite with multiple workers at the same time on one project. Tilt-Up Walls can deliver significant job site safety and overall construction efficiency.
4. Negative Environmental Impact Reduction
Since cast-in walls require additional construction materials and tools, they impact the environment more than Tilt-Up. Traditional methods are also known to use more concrete, making the concrete market skyrocket in demand and price. With a scarcity of materials and low supply across the country, the use of fewer materials can help speed up the building process and allow you to obtain the number of materials needed to further the building process.
5. Less Waste
Because Tilt-Up construction requires fewer materials, there is less waste to dispose of. Less water can minimize job site clutter. Did you know that if a Tilt-Up wall is taken down, it can be recycled? Tilt-Up Walls further minimize the amount of waste, which also further provides less environmental damage.
6. Architecturally Customizable
Do not let the concrete structure fool you. Tilt-Up buildings will not limit Architectural design capabilities. It does not have to look like bare concrete. With concrete, there is an abundance of options to add textures and designs by the use of concrete stamps. Additionally, there are other options to achieving a specific design in the concrete. The stamping is done during the casting process. Tilt-Up designs are money-saving because they reduce the demand for additional materials, paint, or additional architectural design. With that being said, it will all be determined by the project since every building is possess different needs.
A leading design advantage of Tilt-Up Walls is that essentially, they can be covered up with any chosen siding. Transform a concrete building that screams industrial into a completely different style. A popular exterior option is wood exterior siding. Wood exterior siding works incredibly well for disguising concrete exteriors.
Learn More about Commercial Construction
Are you unsure of how to start tackling a commercial construction project? We understand how overwhelming the project can seem. Our team of commercial construction experts is capable of providing excellent advice and guidance for your project. We are able to consult your project to determine if Tilt-Up construction is right for the job. Contact EK Bailey Construction today.