Using Concrete Tilt-Up Panels: 3 Things to Consider

Posted on: 28 August 2018


Tilt-up panels are normally made of concrete which is poured on-site before being tilted, so they form the frame of a building. If you are working with construction contractors to design and build a new structure, you will want to make sure that you choose tilt-up panels which are best suited to the project. Below is a guide to some of the things you may want to consider when choosing tilt-up panels.

Are there any time constraints?  

If you have deadlines for the completion of your project, it is important to remember that, although lifting tilt-up concrete panels into place is a fast method of construction, these panels must first be poured and set. It can take a number of days for the concrete to cure and harden before they panels can be lifted into place. If there are any time constraints, these will need to be discussed with the construction contractor so that the work can be started in good time and any deadlines can be met.

What will the pouring slab be used for?

When concrete tilt-up panels are poured, they are poured onto a casting slab. The casting slab typically consists of a block of hardened concrete which has been fixed into the ground. Once the walls have been constructed, you will need to work out what you are going to do with this concrete slab. It may be possible to incorporate the slab into the building in some way. You could use the slab as part of a pathway or a parking area.

What look do you want to create?

Standard tilt-up panels are left untreated which means that the walls of a building will look like plain concrete. While this may be fine in some industrial settings, if you there are areas of your building which will be open to the public, you may wish to jazz up the concrete to create a better first impression. Tilt-up panels can be modified with aggregate during the mixing and pouring which creates different colours and textures. You may also wish to explore options for painting or stamping designs onto the concrete tilt-up panels.

If you would like further information about using concrete tilt-up panels to construct a building, you should speak with your local construction contractor. The contractor will be happy to work with you to identify the best solution for your project before beginning work on the construction project.