Q. What is the difference between Tilt-Up, Tilt-Wall, and Precast Concrete?
The Tilt-Up wall system and Tilt-Wall is essentially the same thing, just an alternate name. The wall “panels” are fabricated onsite. Basically, they are formed directly on top of the permanent slab on grade surface or a temporary casting slab, architectural rustications and/or recesses are applied, structural reinforcing is installed per design, then the panels are cast and cured. The concrete panels are then erected into place once design strength is achieved.
Precast concrete panels are fabricated at an off site casting plant usually in a controlled atmospheric environment, loaded on trucks and transported to the site, then erected into place.
Precast panels are generally smaller in size and weight to allow for transport over the road, where site cast Tilt-Up can be much larger in size which helps minimize and economize the quantity of pieces.
Q. What type of structure is suited for Tilt-Up?
Tilt-Up has developed into a diverse wall system suitable for many types of structures such as: Schools and universities, any type of retail, class “A” type office space of any shape, industrial structures such as chillers, water treatment plants; churches, multi story residential or office, dormitories, distribution facilities large or small, manufacturing facilities, parking garages…even equestrian barns.
Q. How durable is a Tilt-Up building?
Tilt-Up, being solid concrete, is inherently one of the most durable building systems there is. Designs can accommodate differing levels of hurricane force winds and Tilt-Up structures are often utilized for hurricane shelters in storm prone areas of the world. Tilt-Up designs can also accommodate and resist seismic pressures in areas that are prone to earthquakes.
For more answers to general Tilt-Up questions, visit the Tilt-Up Concrete Association FAQ page.