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Overview of Tilt-Up Construction

If you're considering new building construction, you may want to consider tilt-up. This process has been around for many years and continues to grow in popularity due to its many advantages. In this article, we'll provide an overview of tilt-up construction so that you can decide if it's the right option for your project.

Why Tilt-Up and Precast?

Tilt-up construction is a building process where the individual panels that make up the structure's walls are poured on-site and then "tilted" into place.

Precast is a similar process where concrete panels are created offsite and delivered to a jobsite, then lifted into place.

These construction methods have become increasingly popular due to their many advantages over traditional methods, such as stick built, poured wall, block wall, or masonry construction. Some of the primary benefits of tilt-up construction include:

  • Speed of Construction - One of the most significant advantages of tilt-up and precast construction is that it can be completed much faster than other methods. Tilt-up panels are created on-site and lifted into place. Precast panels are created off-site and brought to the jobsite to be assembled. This eliminates the need for on-site framing, which can often be time-consuming.
  • Cost Savings - Tilt-up construction can also be more cost-effective than other methods because it requires less labor. Additionally, tilt-up construction often results in less waste and material costs.

  • Increased Strength and Durability - Tilt-up construction is known for its tensile strength and longevity. Panels are typically made from concrete, one of the strongest building materials. Additionally, the panels are usually reinforced with steel rebar or mesh, increasing their strength.

  • Increased Flexibility - Another advantage of tilt-up construction is its versatility. Tilt-up construction can be used for various structures, including office buildings, warehouses, retail stores, and more specialized designs.

  • Enhanced Aesthetics - Tilt-up construction can also enhance a structure's aesthetics. Panels can be made from various materials, including brick, stone, stucco, white Portland cement, and more. Additionally, tilt-up construction allows for various finishes, such as painting or staining.

Process of Tilt-Up Construction

Tilt-up construction is a fast and efficient way to build and is often used for warehouses, office buildings, and retail stores.

The first step in tilt-up construction is to place the concrete foundation and footing. Once the concrete has cured, the forms are removed, and the slab is left exposed.

The next step is to form & pour the Tilt-Up panels over the cured slab. After the panels reach the required strength, erect the panels and brace them with the required tilt-up braces.

Next, erect the frame of the building.

Once the frame is in place, the roof is installed, the braces are removed, and the building is complete.
Title Up Precast and Accessories - Tilt Up Panels and Braces

What Do I Need to Know Before Starting a Tilt-Up Construction Project?

As with any construction project, various factors must be considered with tilt-up. By its very nature, tilt-up tends to be more involved and complex than traditional construction methods, so it's essential to do your homework before getting started.

If you're working on a tilt-up project, White Cap has the experience and expertise to get the job done right. We carry various tilt-up products, including form panels, braces, and jacks. We also offer loose-form forming systems, perfect for creating custom shapes and curves. We also have a robust rental program to meet short-term needs.

Here are some key things to keep in mind when planning a tilt-up project:

Tilt-Up Requires Careful Planning and Coordination

Because tilt-up panels are cast on-site and lifted into place, the process requires careful planning and coordination between the various trades involved. Coordinate far in advance with your concrete contractor, steel fabricator, crane operator, and general contractor.

Tilt-Up Construction Necessitates a High Level Of Safety

Because tilt-up construction involves working with large, heavy panels, it's crucial to maintain a high level of safety at all times. These safety precautions include following all OSHA regulations and ensuring that all workers are adequately trained to handle tilt-up panels safely.

Tilt-Up Construction Requires Specialized Equipment

Lifting and placing tilt-up panels requires specialized equipment, so it's essential to have the right tools on hand before work begins. This equipment includes a lift strong enough to lift the panels into place and various forms and braces used to support the panels during the tilting process.

Tilt-Up Construction Often Requires Extensive Site Work

In many cases, tilt-up construction will require extensive site work to prepare the foundation and footing for the panels. This work must be carefully planned and coordinated with the other trades involved in the project.

Tilt-up Construction Is Weather-Dependent

The casting and curing of tilt-up panels are very sensitive to weather conditions, so the timing of a project is critical. Construction must occur during favorable weather conditions for the panels to cure properly, typically during the spring or fall when temperatures are moderate and there is little chance of rain or snow.

What Type of Products Do You Need for A Tilt-Up Construction Project?

Numerous products are required to ensure your tilt-up project is completed successfully. First and foremost, you need a strong and durable foundation, achieved by using concrete footings and piers. Other products that will be required include:


  • Tilt-Up Panels: The panels used for tilt-up construction must be of high quality to withstand the weight of the built structure. They must also be reinforced correctly to avoid cracking or breaking during construction.

  • Tilt-Up Bracing: Various types of bracing will be required to keep the tilt-up panels in place during construction. This includes horizontal and vertical bracing, as well as diagonal bracing.
Tilt Up Precast and Accessories - Tilt Up Braces
  • Tilt-Up Hardware: Various hardware will be required to secure the tilt-up panels and braces properly. This includes anchors, bolts, nuts, washers, and other types of fasteners.

  • Tilt-Up Accessories: Several accessories can be used with tilt-up panels to enhance their performance and aesthetic appeal. These include panel form liners, lifts, brick-facing systems, and stucco finishes.

If you are in the market for a new construction project and want to explore tilt-up as an option, be sure to reach out to your local White Cap representative. We have years of experience helping contractors with their tilt-up projects and can connect you with a knowledgeable specialist in your area.

Tilt-up braces provide the stability needed to support heavy objects safely. They can be used for various projects, including cell phone towers, water tanks, and oil rigs. White Cap Rents offers a wide selection of tilt-up braces for rent so that you can find
the perfect ones for your project.

With the proper planning and preparation, tilt-up construction can be a great way to ramp up your project. Request a quote from White Cap today!

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