Learn the Difference Between Interior and Exterior Concrete Prep

When mixing concrete, the goal is to achieve a product that has superior durability and maximum strength. Mixing the bags of concrete is not a difficult process, and when it is done properly it should last a lifetime. The trick is to get the exact ratio of mix and water, along with any additives, to ensure the concrete has the …

The Effect of Temperature on Concrete Pours

Concrete and cement are two different things. Water, aggregate, and cement make concrete. Aggregate is typically rock, gravel or sand depending on the desired use of the concrete. Cement binds the water and aggregate together through the hydration process, a chemical reaction forming the durable solid we know as concrete. Making cement starts by mixing finely ground limestone and clay, …

A Review of Some Famous Roman Concrete Structures

Nobody can argue with the fact that if you are looking for master builders who used concrete, one needs to look no further than the ancient Romans. The Italians maintained this concrete tradition through the Renaissance and beyond. Regardless of the wear and tear, they have endured over the years, construction of aqueducts, roads, and temples completed during Roman times …

Best Concrete Curing System

  The curing or setting of concrete is an often misunderstood process. As concrete is wet when it is mixed and poured, many believe curing is a drying process that strengthens and sets the mixture in place. However, maintaining adequate moisture levels during the curing process is essential, with premature drying often leading to unwanted cracking. The curing of concrete …

Concrete vs Steel

High-rise buildings dominate the skylines of our cities, and in the race to have the highest or the most modern, the boundaries of architectural engineering are pushed even further. The materials that make this possible – concrete and steel, each have their strengths and weaknesses. So, which is the better material? Safety Considerations Concrete The concrete industry has always maintained …

Properties of Reinforced Concrete

Reinforced concrete refers to concrete that has reinforcements embedded inside. These reinforcements are necessary because concrete cannot withstand tension and shear stresses encountered in the everyday operation of the structure. Environmental factors such as strong winds may cause large vibrations of a concrete structure and possible damage if it does not have reinforcement material inside. Although concrete has existed for …

Types of Concrete Foundations

For a vast number of people, the construction industry is almost a complete mystery. Even if you walk by construction sites every day of your life, the chances are if you haven’t worked in construction – or don’t know someone who has – the whole thing will remain a closed book. However, the world of construction is a fascinating place, …

What Is Soil Cement?

Most people know cement from its common use in concrete. This integral construction material is used in almost all modern buildings. What most people don’t know is that cement has many other surprising applications. Soil cement is an interesting example of the versatile ways cement can be used. Soil cement is made from a mix of soil and water with …

3D Concrete Printing

The Developing World of 3D printing Although 3D printing has existed since the 1980s, technological strides and new applications have renewed public interest in the subject. Once an expensive and futuristic technology, 3D printing is becoming a regular part of everyday life and is used in various industries. 3D Printing involves the use of a box-like device to print out …

Concrete Flatwork: Pros and Cons

When it comes to the construction, everyone’s vision is unique in every aspect. The perfect location, the perfect size, and the perfect atmosphere are all going to be different depending on how they mesh with and express your personality, and how they suit your practical needs and requirements of the building. Where that is most immediately true is in the …