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Build with Confidence; Build with Concrete

Jul 28 2016

In an industry that thrives on development and advancement as well as embracing modern techniques and materials, the businesses around the world that are involved in building and renovating these structures are faced with many additional challenges.

Unlike the days gone by, houses today are much more likely to be built using lightweight materials such as wood and brick walls. Homes built using bulkier concrete are much less common than they used to be – and this is for a number of reasons.

Firstly, they are under pressure to deliver the best housing they can within a tight budget. They are under pressure to build as many homes as they can in any given development area, and they are also under pressure to ensure that these homes are built to last.

As you can imagine, such tight purse strings and restrictions on available land means that many developers and contractors are forced in to using cheaper materials, when compared to older homes on the market.

Although natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes are much less common here than in other areas around the world, we are prone to intense flooding - thanks to the rain that we are so accustomed to here in the UK. This means it is more important than ever that homes are built using materials that can withstand the extremities of the elements.

While homes that are constructed with concrete can require some concrete repair work down the line, they are much more likely to survive extensive flooding, hurricanes and storms, as well as offering better protection against fire damage. This is particularly the case for reinforced concrete.

Despite the many physical and technological advancements that the world has made recently, these are all very real natural threats in today’s world.

Protection from Fire and Flooding

When used as exterior and separations walls, concrete can help prevent fires from spreading, containing any damage that may occur and reducing the amount of destruction overall. Repairs might need to be made aesthetically, but more often than not, the concrete remains.  

Masonry and stucco exterior surfaces also perform well against the elements and the threat of fire.

Water does not damage concrete; in fact, as long as it is adequately maintained and looked after, a concrete structure will gain strength when faced with flooding.

Protection from Hurricanes and Storms

Building materials such as asphalt and cheaper wooden frames all suffer when pitted against the high winds and rain that accompanies hurricanes and storms. When compared to concrete, clay and masonry, the amount of repair work required post disaster is subsequent for these cheaper materials.

Due to the strong bonds contained within the concrete mix, houses built with this durable material are well grounded when faced with high winds, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

While the worst natural disasters are uncommon in the UK, our island is prone to flooding, and this can be devastating to entire communities and businesses. We provide concrete repair services that can help restore buildings to their former glory.

For more information on the services we offer, please visit our website today.


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