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Facts About Concrete

Apr 07 2016
Laying 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.

Here at Concrete Renovations, we are concrete repair specialists that are passionate about the restoration and preservation of buildings and other structures, with years of experience and knowledge behind us.

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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