Why concrete is more than water, limestone and sand

August 25 / Stacey / Comments (0)

Okay,…….Concrete – What is the big deal, right?

Of all of the building materials used in the construction industry, the properties, performance and stability of concrete, is the good start to a successful building project. Concrete does not rot, corrode, burn or decay. Pressure, whether excessive and long term, or from blunt force is concrete’s only adversary.

It takes years of experience of learning about concrete to have the ability to provide concrete services such as driveways, concrete pavers and building slabs that meet building code. There is a certain art to pouring and working with concrete. There are also environmental considerations to make when making cement and using it. There are certain inherent qualities of the limestone, shale, sand and iron ore that directly affect the quality of concrete. If they aren’t mixed and crush in the proper fashion, the base, cement will be weakened

Concrete is the result of a chemical reaction between these natural resources, limestone, shale, sand, gypsum, iron ore AND water. There are specific percentages of each of those elements used to create the concrete used in building highways, residential new construction, pools, accessory buildings, such as garages and agriculture barns

When the concrete base (powder cement) is mixed with water, hydration begins. The cement bonds with the water. As the water evaporates, the concrete hardens. If there is too much water, the concrete weakens. If it is finished poorly but the tradesman, it will be susceptible to cracking. Not enough water causes the cement mix to harden at a quicker rate, leaving holes and uneven areas that will crumble over time. There are additives used, called admixtures that tradesman use to either speed up or slow down the hardening process. Weather has a dramatic effect on the building industry. When the temperature drops, the bond between the cement and the water changes. This is also true when temperatures are high. When temperatures are low, accelerants are used. If the temperatures drop below 36 degrees for even a few hours, there could be uneven distribution and either the strength or performance will suffer.

The abilities of your building construction craftsman and tradesman to manipulate a concrete pour is the final and perhaps most important part in a successful building project. Building contractors come in many shapes and sizes. Successful builders are most often those with the most experience. It takes years to master the art of concrete, as well as other building contractors services. Look for longevity and you will have a successful building experience and when considering a garage in Hampton Roads (Williamsburg, Newport News, Yorktown, Poquoson) reach out to H.W. Enterprises, Inc.

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