Everything You Need to Know About Lightweight Concrete

Lightweight concrete has been utilized in construction for hundreds of years, but with the arrival of modern technology, lightweight concrete has become one of the most consistently strong and reliable types of building materials in the world. Lightweight concrete generally retain a density of 90 to 115 pounds per cubic foot, while regular concrete’s density can be anywhere from 140 …

What Are the Best Types of Aggregates for Concrete?

What is aggregate? In concrete, aggregate is the granular substance that holds the mixture together in its solid form. Aggregates vary in size and shape, and they can be as finely ground as sand or as coarse as gravel. When mixed with water and cement, these compounds form concrete. Aggregates make up between 60-75% of the volume of the final …

What is Portland Cement

Portland cement is a basic cement mixture and a fundamental ingredient for many common cement applications. Because Portland cement is very common, it is also often called “Ordinary Portland Cement” or simply “OPC.” Since the early 20th century, Portland cement has been used internationally for a wide variety of applications including concrete projects, mortar pastes, stucco decorations, and grout fillings. …

What is High-Performance Concrete?

Concrete is the most often used building material in the world. Look at any roadway, tunnel, dam, parking lot, parking deck, or skyscraper. Any improvement in the engineering of concrete benefits us all. Improvements can include cost, strength, durability, or ease of application. And as the material evolves, our buildings and roads become safer. According to the American Concrete Institute …

The Advantages of Concrete Parking Lots

So, you want to build a parking lot. One of the most important things to consider is the material you will use to create the car park. While many parking lots are still built with asphalt, there are several reasons why concrete is becoming a popular option. From environmental consciousness to aesthetics to the major savings and return on investments …

How Is Cement Made?

In the age of modern construction, concrete comprises the basis for a variety of structural foundations and flatworks. Almost every construction project utilizes concrete—many to a large extent. Because concrete is such an integral part of contemporary construction practices, the quality and endurance of the concrete are paramount. What contributes to the quality of concrete? You guessed it: cement. Cement …

The History of Concrete

What is concrete? Concrete is a commonly used construction composite generally made from varying types of dry, chemically inert, fine particles of sand, gravel, ash, shale, stone, and/or clay (also known as aggregate). The materials that compose concrete bond together by another fluid material called cement. Cement comes in different forms, but it is commonly a mixture of lime, calcium …

What is Fiber-Reinforced Concrete?

Fiber-reinforced concrete is a concrete mixture that has small, discrete, uniformly integrated fiber material segments throughout to increase its durability. Concrete is not considered fiber reinforced if large segments of materials are used to increase its structural integrity, such as steel meshes, steel rods, and woven fabric materials. Fiber-Reinforcement from Antiquity to Contemporary Culture Concrete with integrated fibers for reinforcement …

The Differences Between Self-Consolidating and Conventional Concrete

The Differences Between Self-Consolidating and Conventional Concrete Conventional concrete and self-consolidating concrete differ in several ways. Each one has specific uses based on its composition and properties. Conventional Concrete Conventional Concrete, also known as normal concrete or conventional vibrated concrete (CVC), is a dense aggregate mix that requires mechanical vibrations and/or poking to remove air pockets that become trapped during …

Cement Grout and Its Uses

Cement Grout and Its Uses

Cement Tiling Grout Versus Cement Injection and Compaction Grout Tiling grout is often manually applied, usually with the assistance of a trowel and rubber grout float. Tile projects require tiling grout to adhere the tiles to surfaces and seal the spaces between the individual tiles. Tiling grout is probably the most commonly recognized grout application, but tiling grout projects are …