02 Jan What to Know About Concrete
Pouring concrete is a surprisingly delicate process that involves a lot of preparation and mathematical calculations. When pouring concrete, it may be best to get professional consultation. Or possibly hire a trained contractor in order to get the best results with state-of-the-art equipment and materials. As contractors and homeowners alike have realized just how versatile it is, the residential concrete market has exploded. While driveways, patios, floors, and other flat work remain the most popular installations, staining and other decorative projects have come into their own.
TYPES OF CONCRETE
There are many different types, strengths, and compositions of concrete, each with characteristics that make them perform better for different applications. Some of these include:
- Modern Concrete
- Stamped Concrete
- Vacuum Concrete
Regular concrete is the lay term for concrete that is produced by following the mixing instructions that are commonly published on packets of cement, typically using sand or other common material as the aggregate, and often mixed in improvised containers. The ingredients in any particular mix depends on the nature of the application.
Stamped concrete is an architectural concrete which has a superior surface finish. After a concrete floor has been laid, floor hardeners are impregnated on the surface and a mold which may be textured to replicate a stone/brick or even wood is stamped on to give an attractive textured surface finish. After sufficient hardening the surface is cleaned and generally sealed to give a protection. The wear resistance of stamped concrete is generally excellent and hence found in applications like parking lots, pavements, walkways etc.
Vacuum concrete, made by using steam to produce a vacuum inside a concrete mixing truck to release air bubbles inside the concrete, is being researched. The idea is that the steam displaces the air normally over the concrete. When the steam condenses into water it will create a low pressure over the concrete that will pull air from the concrete. This will make the concrete stronger due to there being less air in the mixture. A drawback is that the mixing has to be done in an airtight container.
CHOOSING A CONTRACTOR
If you’re looking for an estimate, now is a great time to get quotes from several of our pre-screened contractors at ProSaver. Finding an available contractor with proper screening and guarantees is a necessity for any successful project.