Echo taps domestic home market

HOLLOW-CORE concrete floor panel manufacturer Echo Floors has established a separate operating department geared specifically to serve the domestic home-building market, now showing the first signs of recovery from economic downturn.

Located at the company’s manufacturing plant near Honeydew, in Gauteng, the new unit is offering a package of specialized professional solutions for building contractors, and also to home-owners planning alterations and additions. These include fast turn-around time for quotes; competitive prices; a complete slab, manufactured, installed and guaranteed – and free professional counselling to architects and engineers on how to optimise the design of a precast structure.

“A critically important benefit of all this is that the individual home-owner and contractor have the assurance and peace of mind of dealing with a single, long-established and reputable company which accepts full responsibility for the slab – and not a long list of sub-contractors 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.”

Mobile crane

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

“Small sites and restricted access into estates and complexes have previously excluded Echo from some of these types of developments,” Ms Louw says. “Architects and developers have frequently expressed 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 space restrictions.

“The difficult job of manoeuvering bulky mobile cranes into small building sites has now been made a lot easier. Smaller than the mobile cranes generally used for the purpose, Echo’s truck-mounted crane means a small or restricted site is no longer an impediment to the use of hollow-core concrete floor slabs.”