All About Concrete

All About ConcreteThe widespread use of concrete has been a hot topic among architects ever since it was invented. Considering the fact it is a composite material, it gives numerous options in combining the ingredients:

  • Cement
  • Aggregate
  • Water
  • Reinforcements

Depending on the different uses, it can change into as many types. Having that in mind it gets different qualities of thickness and strength which determinate the use of the final product. The massive use off concrete trough the ages, is due to its almost limitless spectrum of varieties in both types and shapes. Having that in mind, it is the solution to voluminous projects as often as it is used for detailing.

First of all, the division of concrete variations is based on its production:

  • Production and pouring of concrete on site. This was the most commonly used production process for ages, starting with the Romans, and amazingly the use of onsite concrete pouring has not stopped, in the contrary it has evolved even more.
  • Technology has made the use of concrete even more common by allowing massive production of modular concrete structures with a certified and unified quality. This means that based on previous precise engineering calculations using computer aided systems, concrete blocks are premade and brought on site only to be applied there, ready-made. These concrete blocks usually have repetitive dimensions, which obviously results with a fast and massive production. Nevertheless, innovative engineering has been more and more in need of unique and unusual structures consisting of a range of shapes and sizes also possible thanks to technology developments especially starting from the 1920s and on.

Concrete is used in both massive constructions and civil engineering.

  • Architectural structures ( single and collective housing, public buildings, service buildings)
  • Foundations (the use of concrete while founding is inevitable)
  • Brick and blocks walls (on site or pre-made, concrete walls are used both as exterior and dividing ones)
  • Pavements, driveways, sidewalks (urban environment)
  • Overpasses, bridges and highways (massive structures)
  • Parking structures (elevated and underground structures)
  • Pools and pool decks, reservoirs, containers, tanks
  • Pipes, installation insulations and footings
  • Fences and poles in a wide range of shapes and sizes

As it is thoroughly explained by H&H Concrete on Demand and their service, suiting anyone’s preferences concrete can also be recognized by its finish. Whether it is for external or internal use, covered or final surface, exposed or protected, one can choose the type of finish which is most appropriate. The simplest differentiations can be presented as:

  • Decorative finish
  • Colored surface
  • Stained structure
  • Aggregate
  • Salt texture
  • Broom finish

Nowadays, architecture, being limitless both in ideas and necessities, has forced technology into producing countless options to ensure a proper completion exactly as planned and imagined.

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