“If you don’t like the weather here, just wait five minutes.”

SC Everybody thinks that they made up that saying for their own region. Whether you are in the farmlands of the Midwest, the mountains of Colorado, or the humid bayous of the deep South, you have probably said that phrase about your weather.

Mark Twain once said that everyone talks about the weather but no one ever does anything about it. I think we can all agree that the easiest thing to talk about is the weather because it is always changing.

On a project involving a precast screening wall, weather is one of the most important considerations. Are you building in a hot dry region? Or an area that will repeatedly freeze and thaw? What about wind resistance, especially in hurricane landfall areas or tornado alley?

How’s the Weather? Cold? Wet? Windy?

At Artisan Precast, all concrete is air-entrained—that is, we remove the air bubbles during manufacturing. This minimizes freeze/thaw problems that can lead to cracking.

In the Southeast United States, the wet season poses different weather problems. Salt water from hurricane tidal surges can make rebar expand and crack concrete. When we build walls in coastal areas, we use epoxy-coated steel rebar to prevent that expansion.

The most common problem that we account for as we manufacture and install our walls is wind. Our fencing and walls are typically coded to withstand winds up to 100 miles per hour. But we have engineered them higher for specific projects. In Florida we built walls that can withstand wind loads up to 150 mph. And in Okinawa, we had a project that was engineered to withstand 180 mph winds.

Here is the best part for projects in California. Our typical code for wind resistance exceeds seismic code. So precast concrete walls are still the best choice even in earthquake-prone regions.

Everyone talks about the weather, and we actually do something about it! From manufacturing all the way to installation, Artisan Precast can adapt to your needs.