Our Predictions: The Future of Commercial Concrete

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in News | 0 comments

When most people imagine technological advances, they do not picture concrete. As a building material prized for being solid and unmovable, concrete is not something one would expect to change, whether technologically or in any other sense.

Enviromental benefits of pervious concreteAs counterintuitive as it sounds, some of the most revolutionary developments of the modern world involve this building material. Construction companies and their suppliers have recently made a number of critical breakthroughs in their efforts to develop stronger, more versatile, and more sustainable concrete.

Within our lifetimes, Razorback Concrete predicts that we will be using:

Self-Healing Concrete

When it comes to preserving concrete, one of the greatest challenges is sealing up cracks as soon as they form. Cracks allow water to get into the concrete and break it apart, but because many of these openings are difficult to see, builders and their clients often do not notice them until it’s too late.

Self-healing concrete would solve this problem by sealing up cracks as soon as they form. This material involves embedding a specialized type of bacteria in the concrete along with capsules of calcium lactate. When cracks form and water enters, the bacteria absorb the water and begin to germinate, transforming the calcium lactate into limestone. The limestone then seals up any cracks, preventing water from further penetrating and damaging the structure.

Earth-Friendly Concrete

While some suppliers are making structures that heal themselves, others are creating concrete so strong that it never breaks in the first place. Inspired possibly by ancient Egyptian construction methods, developers in Queensland, Australia, have created a form of concrete made from the slag and ash left over from steel manufacturing.

Known as Earth-Friendly Concrete, this material is far stronger than traditional concrete, able to withstand the effects of fire, acidic soils, and physical impacts. And because it is made from recycled materials, it is also highly sustainable. Making this material releases as little as 10 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions of traditional concrete manufacturing. If this green building concrete can be produced on a commercial scale, it will dramatically improve both the quality of concrete structures built and their impact on the environment.

Flood-Proof Concrete

Builders have long used pervious concrete to let water drain through their structures, preventing it from building up on top. While traditional pervious concrete drains at a slow rate, new materials may make it possible to drain more than 250 gallons of water a minute through each square yard of concrete. City streets, parking lots, and other expansive structures will be able to drain away floodwater rapidly. This will minimize the amount of damage that floods can cause and allow communities to bounce back quickly and effectively.

Razorback Concrete adopts the latest advances in concrete technology as quickly as possible, allowing all of Arkansas to reap the benefits. For more information on promising developments in concrete manufacturing, visit our website or call us today at (870) 455-0700

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