Adding synthetic fibers to concrete offers a slew of benefits, including added internal support and greater resistance to cracking. Read more about synthetic fibers here.
If additional water is needed to increase the slump of your concrete, this can be done on the jobsite. Please read this guide to be sure you are aware of the risks sometimes associated with doing this.
Moisture on the surface of your concrete slab can cause trouble covering the concrete with carpet and the like. Find out where your slab moisture might be coming from and how to avoid it.
If moisture is able to pass through your concrete slab, it can cause problems such as odors and discoloration of the materials laid above it, like tile or carpet. Experts use vapor retarders to avoid this problem.
Materials can be added to your concrete to make them more durable, strong and easy to work with. They’re called supplementary cementitious materials and you can learn more about different types and uses by clicking here.
Holding a meeting before the pour is especially important for contractors and their teams. Read on for subjects we suggest you cover at your pre-construction conference.
High strength concrete is used for specific projects, such as building high-rises, that have certain needs. For more examples of projects as well as how to design a high-strength mixture, read this guide.
To test the strength of your concrete, you must make a concrete cylinder from the same pour that you are using for your project. Read this guide for instructions on how to make one.
In order to be certain that your concrete meets the requirements of your project, it’s important to test its compressive strength. This guide will show you how.
Structural lightweight concrete is used primarily to decrease the dead load of your project, so that the size of certain elements can be reduced. For additional specifications, read on.
For a concrete that can spread into place on its own and doesn’t segregate, look into using self-consolidating concrete, or SCC. Read this guide for more of its properties and situations where its use is appropriate.
Pervious concrete is a special kind that lets water and air pass through and into the ground, making it more sustainable and better for the environment. For more information on this unique concrete and to see if it would be a good choice for your project, read on.
Using maturity methods to estimate the strength of your concrete is a more reliable method than using concrete cylinders. This document explains their function and benefits.
Thermal cracking happens when there are major differences in temperature within your concrete project or the surrounding area. The conflicting temperatures cause contraction and expansion, cracking the concrete. Learn prevention and repair tips here.