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Tilt-Up Concrete


The intended use for a building will influence whether concrete is the best choice. In general, concrete or tilt-up are suited for higher-trafficked buildings. Comparatively speaking, steel walls are less durable than concrete walls. This holds true in the face of natural forces (bad weather, earthquakes) as well as for truck or forklift accidents.Tilt up concrete When a building is damaged by a vehicle, the damage is generally more localized and less expensive to repair for a tilt-up or concrete building than for a steel building. For owners who want to build a warehouse or other facility where trucks or forklifts will be used, this can be a very important consideration.


While steel is reasonably durable, concrete remains the material of choice for buildings that require less upkeep and maintenance over the years. Concrete is impervious to corrosion, rotting, rust or insect infestation: tilt-up concrete buildings created in the 1940’s are still standing today with little apparent wear. The fact that builders in earthquake prone areas now use tilt up construction for 90 % of their single story commercial projects indicates that concrete buildings are cost competitive and extremely durable.


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When factoring in potential repairs and ongoing maintenance, it’s apparent that the real dollar difference between operating a steel building and a concrete building can be significant.  Further, the added  fire safety and durability of a concrete building will usually be reflected in lower insurance premiums. If the client decides to sell the property, they will most likely find that a tilt up or other concrete building depreciates less than a steel building will.