Concrete is a mixture of three basic ingredients: cement, aggregate (i.e. sand or gravel), and water. While all forms of concrete will share this same base, different types of concrete can be made by altering the proportions and exact ingredients in the mixture. Different forms of concrete are useful for different things. For example, while … Continued
Concrete’s affordability and durability make it a popular choice for all sorts of DIY and home building projects, but working with concrete also requires unique tools and skills that other materials may not. In general, amateurs and DIY enthusiasts are perfectly capable of working with concrete so long as they take the time to prepare … Continued
Stamped concrete is a form of concrete that is patterned and colored in order to resemble a myriad of different materials, from flagstone to red clay bricks. The capability to resemble such a wide variety of different building materials makes it a suitable choice for many different aesthetic goals for all sorts of public and … Continued
The foundation is a vital piece of any structure, holding the entire load of the building and keeping it stable. Problems with or damage to the foundation must be repaired quickly, as issues with the foundation can easily lead to larger (and more expensive) problems that aren’t as easily solved. For that reason, regularly inspecting … Continued
Everyone is familiar with concrete, it is one of the most popular building materials in the world, well known for both its affordability and durability as a building material. It can be seen in everything from sidewalks and parking garages to home patios and basements. People may be less familiar with stamped concrete, though many … Continued
One of the qualities that makes concrete such a popular and useful building material for a wide variety of different projects is its resilience and lifespan. But even the hardiest materials will need routine maintenance and repairs to make it last as long as possible. People can generally expect their concrete to last 25-30 years … Continued
A patio is a great feature for any home, providing a backyard space to spend warm summer evenings grilling with the family, or perhaps just to sit and relax. While patios can be constructed with a number of materials including brick, flagstone, or tile, they can also be constructed with concrete which has many different … Continued
Concrete is a ubiquitous sight in our daily lives, seen everywhere from parking garages and driveways to patios and basements. Concrete’s flexibility and application in a wide variety of public and personal infrastructure along with its wide availability and relative ease of use make it a popular choice for many DIY and home improvement enthusiasts. … Continued
Drive through the average American suburb and you’re likely to find that many of the houses have a driveway made from concrete. While many different materials can be used to make driveways such as asphalt or gravel, concrete offers many advantages that make it a popular choice over the other options. One big advantage that … Continued
There are plenty of reasons to choose concrete as the material for a driveway, but one of the biggest advantages of concrete is its hardiness as a building material. Concrete is a more durable and longer-lasting material than many others, with an average lifespan of about 30 years. Still, despite concrete’s inherent strength, it is … Continued
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