Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the World, with good reason.
We cover the main advantages of this remarkable product below - keep reading to find out more!
Sustainability & Energy Efficiency
It's energy efficient and sustainable. Believe it or not, concrete is highly energy efficient as it can both absorb and retain heat during the winter months. During hotter weather it naturally reflects the heat back - keeping your rooms cooler.
By using concrete in your builds it helps to keep the construct at optimal temperatures and has the additional benefit of reducing energy bills and benefitting the environment as a result.
It's economical. The production cost of cement-based concrete is very low, making it inexpensive and widely used around the World, especially when compared to other construction materials - such as steel.
Strength & Durability
It's highly durable. concrete is an incredibly durable material when poured and cured correctly. It's lifespan is typically 2 to 3 times longer than other building materials (wood for instance).
This is largely thanks to its high resistance to weather conditions, the wear and tear of foot and vehicle traffic and even resistant to most chemicals. In addition, since the material is non-combustible, it is also resistant to fire; increasing the safety of the structure.
Easy to maintain. Since concrete is stuch a strong building material it requires practically no maintenance, although regular cleaning and removal of spillages is recommended to keep it working at it's best.
Concrete is versatile. The types of applications concrete can be used to build are almost endless. From paving stones, foundations flooring and concrete blocks and even bricks!
Concrete can effectively be shaped and manipulated into any shape dependent on your requirements.
Concrete can also come in a range of finishes - including polished and smooth to create something that is not only attractive and eye-catching but also offers a durable construct that can manage regular footfall.
Resistant To Water
Its water resistant. Concrete can withstand water without any serious detriment when compared to other construction materials such as steel and wood.
As a result it can be used in underwater and submerged applications such as pipelines, dams, canals, linings and waterfront structures. It is worth being aware though that chemicals such as sulfates, chlorides and carbon dioxide dissolved in water can cause corrosion.