In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste and aggregates.
The paste, comprised of Portland cement and water, coats the surface of the fine and coarse aggregates. This plastic and malleable mixture, when newly mixed, becomes strong and durable when hardened.
In this blog post, we will discuss when and where to use concrete. We will also provide tips on choosing the right type of concrete for your needs.
Forms of concrete
• Ready-mixed concrete is assorted for you and delivered to your job site in a mixer truck.
• Precast concrete is cast in molds or forms and cured in a controlled environment. Precast concrete is then transported to the job site and assembled.
• Conventional cement materials like grout, mortar, and terrazzo.
• Smart concrete is a new generation of advanced products that incorporates fibers and special aggregates.
When is concrete used?
Our experts agree that the ideal temperatures to pour concrete is between 40℉ and 60℉
Concrete that is poured in hot weather is more likely to crack as it dries, while concrete poured in cold weather is more likely to develop freeze-thaw damage.
Time of the day is also a factor to consider when pouring concrete, the best time being early in the morning or later in the evening when the sun isn’t as strong.
Where is concrete used?
It is important to choose the right type of concrete for your needs.
Outdoor concrete should be able to withstand weather elements like rain, while Indoor concrete should be able to resist moisture and humidity.
Concrete used in indoor construction jobs is ideal for foundations, floors, walls, and columns, while outdoor concrete is ideal for dams, bridges, roads, and driveways, among others.
Choosing the Right Concrete
When choosing concrete, it is important to consider the purpose of the project and the environment in which it will be used.
For example, if you are using concrete for a walkway, you will need to choose a type that can withstand foot traffic and the elements.
If you are using concrete for a foundation or basement, you will need to choose a type that can withstand the weight of the structure.
Contact our Trusted Team
Now that you know a little more about concrete, we hope you feel confident in choosing the right type of concrete for your project.
If you have any questions, our team at Kilgore Companies is always happy to help.