A staple in commercial construction for more than 50 years, Fabcon’s hollowcore plank brings performance and value to your residential projects—from new builds to remodeling efforts.
Hollowcore plank brings the ability to create long column-free spans and additional usable space for garages, workshops, pools or even living space. The experts at Fabcon’s Selkirk, NY facility will work with your builder and structural engineer to ensure that you take full advantage of all hollowcore’s inherent performance attributes and understand the installation process.
A Hollowcore plank system can help you utilize the space below your garage. No other material delivers low-maintenance, long-term durability and performance like a multi-level garage system from Fabcon’s Selkirk, NY facility.
Uncover additional space right below your feet.
Make the most out of your building footprint by taking advantage of the space below your garage. A multi-level garage system with Fabcon Hollowcore plank allows you to add valuable square footage to your home.
Although hollowcore plank is a great way to get more out of your garage, it can also be used for the entire main floor of your house. When starting from scratch, a hollowcore floor system provides more open space, excellent fire ratings, soundproofing and is an ideal substrate for in-floor radiant heating systems. Hollowcore floor plank can easily be incorporated into your house plans and is compatible with all other construction materials (wood frame, cast-in-place concrete, masonry, steel and more).
Prestressed hollowcore planks are available in 8″, 10″, 12″, and 16″ thicknesses. The thicker the plank, the greater spans you can achieve. No other construction material rivals the durability, security and practicality of precast hollowcore plank. Hollowcore planks are manufactured to fit your project needs, with spans exceeding 50 feet.
Most common single-family projects utilize 8″ thick plank that can span up to 30 feet. Hollowcore floors can be installed in a single day.
Residential precast from a professional perspective
A precast hollowcore plank floor system opens up a floor plan in ways most homeowners struggle to picture. Not because they lack imagination, but because they lack exposure to this heady construction method.
“I’m using my own 200 year old home as a poster child for hollowcore construction. I’m asking other homeowners to step off the ledge with me and discover what they can accomplish with precast.”
That hasn’t stopped Connecticut architect and licensed builder Loren Meyer. Meyer has been championing on behalf of precast construction for years and even used a hollowcore plank floor system in a substantial rework of his 200-year-old home. Meyer loves everything about hollowcore floor systems and wanted to use his own home to demonstrate its benefits. “I really love the look of concrete. It works so well with glass and steel and even natural materials like wood,” he said. “As an architect I hesitate to define my ‘signature aesthetic.’ I think it’s a new one.”
Meyer also admits to having a real affinity for hollowcore’s ability to create big open spaces without columns or load-bearing walls. He also appreciates how solid the floors feel. “In a house this age, it’s not uncommon for the floors to sag and rattle when you walk on them. With hollowcore, there’s no deflection whatsoever. I find myself walking a little heavier, just because I like how solid it feels…and even sounds, for that matter,” he says. Although Meyer chose to leave his concrete floors exposed, homeowners have the ability to conceal the system with traditional flooring options like stone, tile, wood and carpet.
When asked what’s keeping hollowcore from becoming a mainstream homeowner go-to, Meyer was certain it was just a lack of familiarity. “Homeowners believe what their builder tells them, and most builders aren’t willing to take on the added steps needed to coordinate a hollowcore floor system,” he explained. “Which is unfortunate, because Fabcon’s internal production team and installation crews are a tremendous resource.”
The experts from Fabcon’s Selkirk location unload 8” hollowcore panels for the Meyer house. Generally, Fabcon can have materials on site within 4 weeks of receiving a signed estimate and production order.
Meyer loves his hollowcore floor system not only as a construction professional, but as a homeowner as well. He’s hoping that by using his home as a showroom, more homeowners will see what’s possible. “I’m using my own 200-year-old home as a poster child for hollowcore construction,” he said. “I’m asking other homeowners to step off the ledge with me and discover what they can accomplish with precast.”
The team at Fabcon Selkirk is ready to help.
START BUILDING WITH HOLLOWCORE IN 5 EASY STEPS
1. Provide project plans and location.
Provide a plan showing the dimensions of your project, the type and thickness of bearing walls, the size and location of any beams, and especially size and location of any additional bearing supports and locations of openings in floor. Advise our team of any logistical issues that could affect crane and truck access. We will then develop an estimate for your use.
2. We provide you with an estimate.
When placing your order, a detailed schedule will be provided. We will prepare and submit detailed precast drawings for your approval conforming to project plan dimensions.
3. You review and approve.
Completely review and check all dimensions and details on the drawing submittal. Mark any changes and discrepancies, return promptly and note with your signature as “Approved,” “Approved as Noted,” or “Revise and Resubmit.” Your project will not be manufactured until your written approval is received.
4. Production begins.
Confirm the delivery/installation schedule requirements. Take into consideration that if the planks in your project will be resting on concrete or masonry walls, a curing time will be required prior to plank erection to ensure they have achieved the proper strength needed to support the load.
5. Your planks are delivered and installed.
A mobile crane and experienced Fabcon installation crew hoist the plank from a truck’s flatbed-trailer, place them directly on the supporting structure and make all necessary plank-to-wall connections.
For a full description of load and span attributes, visit our resource section.