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Nov 28 2019

Information About Concrete:

On the surface, it might appear that there isn’t much to learn about concrete – after all, it is but a simple yet durable building material that is used in the construction of houses, buildings and roads. However, despite this naive knowledge that many of us possess, there is so much to be learnt from this composite material.

Information About Concrete Repairs:

Concrete repair is the process of fixing a hardened concrete surface that over time has lost the ability to hold the binding concrete materials together due to damage or environmental exposure. Concrete repair is appropriate for cracks, physical impacts, chipped out surfaces or surface scaling.

Cracks In Concrete:

What Causes Them? 

Cracks in concrete can be the result of a multitude of conditions related directly or indirectly to the soil substrate or existing site conditions, mix design, over hydration of the surface during placement, improper steel placement or reinforcement, insufficient grade preparation and inadequate joint design. Other more complicated and complex causes for cracking in concrete are possible, and in most cases can be diagnosed by a knowledgeable concrete professional.

What Different Types Are There:

  • Check Crack
  • Structural Crack
  • Off-Set Structural Crack

What Methods Of Concrete Repair Could Be Used:

  • Epoxy Injection
  • Crack Stitching
  • Drilling And Plugging
  • Gravity Filling
  • Grouting

    The history of this humble building material is rather interesting and varied, so, without further ado, please read on for more fascinating facts about concrete:

    • An early version of the concrete we know of today was created by the Romans using lime, water and volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius
    • The Pantheon Dome is the largest unsupported concrete dome in the world, and, by today’s standards, it doesn’t comply with stringent modern safety standards
    • Concrete was used by the Egyptians as an infill for the Pyramids
    • In the 19th century, Joseph Apsdin of Wakefield attempted to create his own version of concrete. After a few attempts, he was granted a patent and Portland Cement was born
    • Apsdin struggled to collect enough stone for his concrete mix and was arrested twice for stealing pavement slabs
    • Apsdin’s continuous struggles to find stone were solved when his son settled in Kent and used limestone that was readily available. He then went on to found the company that became Blue Circle – a part of Lafarge - the biggest concrete company in the world
    • In 1976, natural cement was found in England. It was soon quarried and sold as Roman cement
    • Concrete largely comprises of aggregate, water, cement and air through the mixing process
    • Due to its high compressive strength, concrete is perfect for use in modern roads
    • When reinforced, concrete is resistant to fire and water, hence its use in bridges and piers
    • Concrete is easily shaped when poured and is cheap to manufacture
    • There are more than 2 billion tonnes of concrete produced every year
    • Concrete is used twice as much as any other building material
    • Thomas Edison had 49 patents for concrete furniture but it was found not to be viable

    As experienced concrete repair specialists, you can contact us about any maintenance and repair needs you have when it comes to your concrete, stone and even masonry buildings. We also offer a wide range of associated services, such as Doff Cleaning and Resin Injections.

    For more information, please contact us and we will endeavour to help you with your query.  

     

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