Answers to Your Most Commonly Asked Questions
If the answer you’re looking for isn’t outlined below, feel free to reach out to us directly at 605-336-1180 or send us an email. We’re happy to help!
What colors and finishes are available?
The colors and finishes available are virtually endless. Gage Brothers will work with you to find the color and finish specific to your project. Part of Gage’s Design Assistance service is going through the sample process with our customers to ensure we find the perfect color and finish for the project.
Does Gage Brothers do any onsite concrete work?
We do not.
Does Gage Brothers do its own erection?
Gage does not do its own erection. We work with PCI certified erectors.
How large is the region you work within?
Gage Brothers’ work spans throughout the upper Midwest, including South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska and Wisconsin. But, we are always open to discussion for work located elsewhere.
Do you do caulking?
Gage Brothers does have its own caulking division, Gage Brothers Caulking.
What products do you offer? What products do you not offer?
Products we offer:
Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC)
Architectural Precast Concrete
Structural Precast Concrete
Products we do NOT offer:
- Jersey Barriers
- Jersey Blocks
- Precast Vaults
What services does Gage Brothers offer that other companies do not?
- Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) – we produced the first structural UHPC project in the nation
- Blast Resistance
- Design Assistance
- Building Information Modeling (BIM) at no extra charge
- PCI Certified Plant which is recognized as the leading and most widely specified quality-assurance program
- We use a C-Grid© system that is an efficient material for innovative, greener concrete building solutions
- Our manufacturing tilt tables allow for less patching
Can I get samples of your concrete colors, and what size are they?
- Our Sample Process is outlined here
- Our standard sample size is 12” x 12”
What are your lead times?
Many things can have an impact on production lead times. We encourage you to contact us at 605-336-1180 or send us an email so that we can work with you to meet your needs and expectations.
What are the benefits of using precast?
There are many benefits of using precast concrete on your project. You can learn more about those precast benefits here.
Which suppliers do you utilize for brick?
Gage Brothers requires our thin brick to meet PCI tolerances. We use Endicott thin brick, unless other brick is specified, supplied by Innovative Brick Systems.
How do I apply, where do I find a list of current positions, and who should I contact with questions?
You can learn more about what it is like being a Gage Brothers’ team member, the benefits we offer, and find a link to our employment portal by visiting our Employment Opportunities page. You may apply online. For answers to your questions, please contact our HR department.
Corefloor Garage Floors
What are the advantages of a corefloor garage floor?
Corefloor is an inexpensive way to create an additional storage area under your garage. Installing corefloor adds additional square footage to your home without adding to the building footprint. The system recaptures what was previously “wasted” space. It is more economical to finish the space than backfill it.
How do I get started?
Drop off, mail or fax a plan of the area you would like to cover to the preconstruction department at Gage Brothers. Our project estimator will give you a cost estimate listing the size of plank required for your project. Upon approval, we will begin the shop drawing process.
What is a shop drawing?
A show drawing is a drawing of the area that you plan to cover with corefloor. It will show the foundation walls, bearing details, plank joints, and piece lengths. You or your contractor will need to verify that the dimensions have been transferred correctly from the plan to the shop drawing. Some clients choose to pour the walls and field check the dimensions on the plan. A copy is returned to Gage Brothers to update and release for fabrication. The check is an important step, as it will determine the fit of the corefloor.
Is installation included?
Gage Brothers does not install the plank. The price you will receive from Gage Brothers will include delivery, but not installation.
Can I install it myself?
Yes. However, the plank must be picked up at approximately 2′-0″ from each end. Erectors typically use cables and slings to set the corefloor. The equipment used for installation must be able to accomodate the weight, reach and site conditions of the project. The erector will need to be ready to install the plank when the truck arrives.
Do I need to come get the pieces from your factory?
You have the choice of paying for delivery or coming to our plant and picking up the product yourself.
How long can the plank span?
We make two sizes of plank, 8″ and 12″. They come in 4′-0″ widths and can be cut to narrower dimensions as required. The 8″ plank spans up to 28 feet. The 12″ plank can reach spans up to 45 feet.
What will the pieces weigh?
8″ plank weighs 210 pounds/LF, 12″ plank weighs 290 pounds/LF.
How does the plank sit on the wall?
The plank requires a bearing width of 4″. Whether you choose to leave the wall flat or provide a pocket, the plank will bear on the wall 3.5″ with 0.5″ tolerance beyond the end of the plank.
Is there an extra charge for loops to be added to pieces?
Yes, loops are not standard.
What additional construction is necessary?
Once in place, the plank joints will need to be filled with a sand and cement grout mixture. The finished floor surface typically requires a minimum of 2″ concrete topping, up to 4″. Many homeowners choose to slope the floor to a drain. Some homeowners choose to install a membrane between the topping and the plank, as the plan system itself is not waterproof. This is acceptable as long as this is identified in the planning and design process.
How long does the whole process take?
From start to finish, the whole process will take approximately 30 days. Your Gage Brothers’ representative will walk you through the planning and building process step by step.
Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC)
What products and sizes are available?
UHPC does not replace one or two pieces of traditional precast. It is a total system application that is engineered to significantly reduce the total number of pieces of precast that are needed to structurally build the same building frame.
What are the fire ratings of UHPC?
UHPC has the same inherent fire protection and fire resiliency properties of normal concrete. Fire rating is based on the mass and strength of the concrete design. Please see https://www.pci.org/DesignForFire for more information on Precast Concrete Design for Fire Resistance.
Which building designs would UHPC work best in?
From parking ramps to bridges, to office buildings, UHPC has the potential to reinvent the way structures are built. If you have a project that would value from adding additional parking spaces or opening up clear span areas, UHPC a great option to consider.
Where can I find additional industry resources?
We would be happy to guide you to additional resources and professionals that have invested in researching UHPC to its fullest potential. Fill out our contact form to connect with us today.