Concrete is one of the most versatile and widely used building materials. It comprises a large portion of many structures – especially commercial buildings. You can use for walls, floors, walkways, driveways,pools, building interior hallways or even as part of the architectural design. It’s also a quick and efficient construction material that can easily be recycled and reused in another construction project.
Why Work With Concrete?
Especially for larger structures such as supermarkets, shopping malls, medical centers, warehouses and factories, concrete represents an excellent building material. It’s incredibly cost-effective compared to many other materials and is able to support heavy use with ease. Concrete enhances the protection of your structure, as it can easily stand up to high winds, heavy rain or snow, fire, as well as earthquakes. New technologies for concrete also can enhance its thermal efficiency – reducing heat gains in summer and losses in winter – as well as improve strength and setting time.
Concrete is also a sustainable building material. Aside from its potential to enhance thermal efficiency and thus reduce energy costs, it also is a great option to reuse and recycle – thus reducing the high environmental impacts caused by the construction industry.
As concrete is a completely moldable and versatile material, you can use it for a wide variety of purposes. There are also ways to improve and speed up the construction process through two concrete techniques: precast and tilt up construction.
Precast construction essentially entails prefabricating concrete panels in a manufacturing facility before bringing them to the actual site. This method provides the benefit of the ability to produce materials in a controlled, indoor facility where outdoor weather does not affect the construction process. It is often more expensive than the tilt up option, and to reduce costs and fuel costs you want the manufacturing facility to be located close to the job site.
The tilt-up construction method implies the building’s walls are poured onsite into large concrete slabs. They are then simply raised into position. This option is less expensive than prefab and can be quicker – as long as weather cooperates.
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