What Are The Downsides To Using Concrete?

Concrete is a building block that has become so ubiquitous in modern culture that it has become difficult to remember what the downsides of the substance are. While concrete is affordable, versatile and (most importantly) durable, it does have some clear downsides that any self-respecting DIYer should be aware of. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the downsides of concrete. 

 

Toughness

There is a reason most of us have seen concrete in disrepair at some point in our lives—concrete isn’t very tough. As a result, it’s not incredibly difficult for concrete to crack or chip and need aesthetic repairs. Depending on where your concrete is going to live, this disrepair isn’t an “if”, it’s a “when”. For example, concrete driveways and sideways in areas that experience snowfall will almost always need some repairs down the line. 

 

Curing

Since concrete is a mixture, it requires time to cure before it hardens to its full strength. This curing process can take days depending on the mix and environment where the concrete is curing. This time-frame can be a big problem for people who are doing concrete projects in a highly-used area. Unfortunately, the curing process is intrinsic to the concrete that we all know and love and can’t be skipped or rushed. 

 

Quality Control

The quality of concrete is dependent on many factors that are tied to the skill of the one doing the work. The mixture that’s used, the way it’s mixed, the timing of pouring and environment for curing all are important factors in determining the outcome of the final product. As a result, concrete work can be very tricky for the average DIYer. If you’re worried about this, consider hiring a professional. 

 

Formwork

All concrete is a liquid mixture at some point. This can be tricky when it comes to creating different shapes. As a result, moldwork is almost always required for any concrete project. The process of creating, shaping and utilizing molds can get complicated quickly. Unfortunately, there’s really no way to effectively use concrete without molds. 

 

Despite the downsides listed today, concrete is one of the most magnificent building blocks available to the average consumer today. However, concrete work does have a lot of factors that need to be addressed. That’s why so many people choose to work with a professional for all of their concrete needs. 

 

To learn more, reach out to Razorback Concrete at www.razorbackconcrete.com

 

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