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If you're shopping for a condo, you've likely come across units you've like in buildings with Post Tension Cables (PTC). You may have also heard concerns, warnings, and stories about them, which makes you question if they are right for you. Let's take a look at the pros and cons so you can make a confident decision on if they are right for you.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Post-tension cable concrete is a construction method used in condos, parking garages, and also office buildings, bridges, etc. It's a process by which sleeve- covered steel cables stretch along the width of a structure, anchored at either end and encased in concrete. Because the cables add strength to the slab, longer spans are possible, and fewer supports are needed. The benefits are lower construction costs and more design versatility.
WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
Some of the considerations for this construction method are the ongoing maintenance/costs and potential for corrosion and...