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Precast concrete walls versus brick walls: how to determine which is best for your project

In the past, brick was considered a material of choice for wall structures, and this isn’t surprising due to its strength, toughness, and durability. Brick has also become quite popular because it is easy to use, and brick walls are some of the strongest around, lasting for years and years. But precast concrete has gained a lot of ground in recent times as well, and compared to brick, which only comes in several forms, you can choose precast concrete walls in different shapes and sizes and even colours and designs.

But if you are still debating whether to use brick or precast concrete for your wall project, here’s how you can determine which material is best for your requirements.

Brick walls: a perspective

  • Traditional brick walls are made using a combination of clay and a heating process and technique.  The durability of the bricks will depend on the plaster quality used during the preparation and production process.
  • To construct a traditional brick wall of approximately 100 metres, you would need a minimum of seven days for the actual construction – and another seven days for the water-curing process. You will have to deal with extensive time for manual labour, and it undoubtedly lengthens the installation time.
  • When it comes to processes and materials, brick walls are more expensive to construct than precast concrete walls.
  • Even though they are also known for their strength, brick walls don’t have the same strength as precast concrete walls. In fact, brick masonry with a thickness of 150 millimetres is easy to break down using standard hand tools.
  • If you are planning to erect a brick wall in a location with a humid climate, the humidity can affect the bricks’ integrity, strength, and longevity.
  • If there is an error in the middle of the construction process, you would need to produce another compound in its entirety.
  • The lifespan of a brick wall will significantly depend on the thickness and quality of the bricks, the sand quality, and the workmanship, which can contribute to its inherent weakness.

Precast concrete walls: a perspective

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  • Precast concrete walls are made with a combination of steel and concrete, making them even more durable and stronger than brick.
  • If you plan to erect a 100-metre long precast concrete wall, it will take you around two days, drastically reducing the time it takes to finish a wall.
  • Precast concrete walls are known for their long lifespan, and in fact, they can last for decades, as confirmed by specialists like JP Concrete. Apart from this, they are less costly than brick and do not require much maintenance, except inspection and regular hosing or wiping.
  • Walls made from precast concrete are known for their fire- and water resistance and they are also resistant to mould and moisture.
  • If there is a mistake or error during the construction process, replacing a column or two is possible rather than the entire structure. And with only minor repairs, you may be able to reuse damaged panels.
  • Precast concrete walls are highly secure as each panel is reinforced and made with the highest-quality concrete, making them almost impossible to break by hand.  
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