Make Sure Your Concrete Provider is Aware of These Potential Cold Weather Problems Before Pouring A Concrete Foundation
Ready-mix concrete is fully mixed and prepared for use before being delivered to a work site. This concrete is typically preferred over on-site concrete because the mixture is more precise, more convenient, and reduces work site confusion. During the winter months, cold weather can affect ready-mix projects, and if the concrete provider is not prepared for them, they can become problems.
Outdoor temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal for pouring ready-mix concrete foundations. Very cold weather on the other hand, can make concrete jobs much more difficult and sometimes impossible to complete without compromising the quality of the work. Despite this, many of the problems associated with concrete work during cold weather can be overcome if the concrete provider is well aware of them.Read More
Most people do not think of concrete when talking about the welcoming comfort of a home. But your opinion may change after you read about some of the perks of insulated concrete flooring.
Insulated concrete floors are a great addition to a home because of the benefits they provide. In addition to reduced energy and construction costs, insulated concrete floors can add beauty and comfort to your home in ways you may not have considered.
Slabs are insulated in one of two ways: around the perimeter after concrete has been poured or, for new construction homes or add-ons, in the interior of the slab before pouring the concrete. Insulating your concrete floor can save on heating and cooling costs, as well as cut down on how cold the floor gets during the winter months.Read More
With All The Buzz Around Green Construction, How Can Builders Help The Environment Without Breaking The Bank?
As we continue to develop as a country, we are finding new and innovative ways to “go green.” We develop new construction techniques to minimize our impact on an ecosystem. Explore the ways pervious concrete benefits the environment.
Pervious concrete differs from traditional concrete in that it has reduced amounts of fine bonding material. When concrete is made it usually consists of two components: large granular material and fine binding matrix that molds the larger pieces together. In pervious concrete, the reduced amounts allow for an average of 20% more space in the concrete. This extra space makes the concrete porous while maintaining strength and durability. The pores allow storm water to pass through to the ground below while reducing the amounts of contaminants that would otherwise be washed into storm water drains or absorbed into the soil.Read More