Tilt-up construction is not an uncommon sight nowadays. You can see the construction sites using tilt-up walls quite often. Almost 15 per cent of industrial constructions/buildings within the U.S. have been using tilt-up walls. The tilt panel construction is a common technique throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Caribbean nations.
There are many reasons why tilt panels are a popular choice for large commercial constructions. This is because of the advantage of these techniques; everyone is choosing this method over the traditional ones. In no time, tilt-up construction will be the standard method in every construction site.
The advantages of tilt-up walls are a lot more than the traditional method, and it succeeds as an alternative for the conventional methods. To understand the difference between the two, we have to analyse both methods of construction.
The four main reasons why one should choose tilt-up construction are:
1. Very Cost-Effective
The traditional cast-in walls take more men to work on and are more time-consuming. The crew members need equipment, safety gear and many hours to set up a normal cast-in wall. Tilt-up walls require less equipment and smaller crew members. The crane is used in all construction works, including tilt-up wall installation; this method is still budget-friendly overall. This method is optimal for large buildings as well.
2. Safer and Faster
The casting process of panels takes time, but the overall process of installing tilt-up walls is the fastest method of erecting a wall. Once the concrete panel is ready, it only takes a few minutes to use a crane to tilt them up for installation. When the walls are being erected, the crew members can do other work, as only two to three men are required to adjust and erect the walls. Hence, the overall time taken is way less than the traditional method.
3. Less Wastage and Low Environmental Impact
Tilt-up wall construction has less waste overall. These types of walls don’t need rebar, forms and materials for the casting process like traditional walls. It has much less waste to dispose of, which also means less dangerous worksite clutter & a reduced impact on the environment.
The tilt-up walls can be made in different lengths and thicknesses. It can be custom-made to fit the client’s requirements, hence lowering the cost and wastage of material.
4. Allows Customisation and Architectural Design
The tilt-up walls don’t require much painting work like the regular walls. The tilt-up walls can be covered with essentially any kind of siding. Wood exterior siding is a good choice and completely transforms the appearance of an otherwise very industrial-looking building.
The size/dimensions of the wall can be custom made to meet the requirements of the client. This reduces the time of rework and wastage after the installation/construction of walls. The walls can be made according to the customisation and other installation it has to go through after the installation, like the thickness, rebar placement, dimensions etc.
Overall, tilt panel construction is an ideal construction technique for the reasons mentioned above. The ease and speed of the construction, minimal requirement of the workforce, less expense, and natural durability of finished buildings are excellent. If the worksite is pretty flat and the building will be a huge rectangular shape, choosing the tilt-up construction is the best choice.