Nowadays, construction using tilt panels is commonly preferred due to various benefits like cost-effectiveness and eco-friendly factor. As such, it has been popularised as the most ideal commercial construction in Geraldton and other areas of Western Australia. Apart from being economical, it is also very easy to build, since the walls or panels are cast right on site on a bed or floor slab.
When building with tilt panels, the formwork for each of them is made as per custom specifications. In other words, all formworks are created in the required shape and size, so as to easily accommodate doors or windows into a panel. Later on, reinforcing and steel bars are also added for greater strength.
As soon as a formwork is ready, concrete is poured into it and left to dry. After the concrete becomes hard, the workers apply a bond breaker in order to pour a second tilt panel on top of the first one. The entire process is repeated several times until there is a stack of panels, practically the concrete walls. Next, the formwork or mould is removed so that the walls can be lifted with the help of a crane and placed in position.
Prior to being lifted, the panels are secured with braces so that the crane has something to grab them by. The workers then help in guiding the walls into their respective positions. At first, the panels are supported temporarily by means of props. Later on, however, they are patched for completing the structure. Also, the joints in between them are sealed to prevent water from penetrating through.
The primary perk of opting for tilt up construction is the fact that it requires very less time for completion, sometimes even less than 24 hours. Harsh winter conditions are not a hindrance to it as well, since an entire establishment can be erected quicker than traditional construction. The durability of tilt panels is also outstanding – they can resist moisture damage, windstorms, fires and even earthquakes. As has been mentioned, they are highly economical too. Moreover, the concrete walls reduce cooling and heating peaks, thereby decreasing operating costs. In addition to that, they can accept a wide range of aesthetic solutions. And if constructed by experienced professionals, they are bound to last for more than half a century.
Thus, if you have been planning to invest in tilt up panels, know that it would be a prudent and competitive decision.