Focused for the home market

EchoFloors-smaller-crane-home-buildingWith the home-building market showing the first signs of recovery from the economic downturn, hollow-core concrete floor panel manufacturer Echo Floors has established a separate, focused, operating department geared specifically to serve this sector.

Located at the company’s manufacturing plant near Muldersdrift in Gauteng, the new unit is offering a package of specialised solutions for building contractors and for homeowners planning alterations and additions.

These include a fast turnaround time on quotes, competitive prices, a complete slab – manufactured, installed and guaranteed, and professional advice, at no charge, to architects and engineers on how to optimise building design for precast slabs.

“An important benefit of this service is that the individual homeowner and contractor have the assurance of dealing with a single, long-established and reputable company which accepts full responsibility for the slab – and not a long list of subcontractors who may deny responsibility if something goes wrong,” says Echo Group marketing director Melinda Louw. “And if a concrete topping is required, Echo will inspect the finished product for quality assurance.”

 At the same time, the new Echo Floors unit has been equipped with a specialised truck-mounted crane to facilitate the installation of hollow-core concrete floor panels on sites where space is restricted.

“Small sites and restricted access into estates and complexes have previously excluded Echo from some of these types of developments,” says Louw. “Architects and developers have often expressed a preference for the hollow-core concrete panel system because of its proven benefits, but have not always been able make use of it because of site space restrictions.

{xtypo_quote}The difficult job of manoeuvring bulky mobile cranes onto small building sites has now been made simpler. Smaller than the mobile cranes generally used for the purpose, Echo’s truck-mounted crane means a restricted site is less of an obstacle to the use of hollow-core concrete floor slabs than it used to be.{/xtypo_quote}

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