During my South Jersey concrete patio project experience, I learned something incredible about concrete; it’s not at all the simple material most take for granted. It turns out we’ve been using concrete, on and off, for thousands of years. It’s also a simplistic, yet complicated mixture of lime (the stone, not the fruit), silica oxides, and water. I say complicated because depending on the additives, you can find yourself with reinforced concrete or hydraulic water stop cement. What additives cause distinct aspects in cement? You have pigments, chemical retardants and accelerators, and so much more. A little detective work on the history of concrete is worth the time if you ask me.
Truth be told, I’ve gained a new appreciation for concrete and modern day advances. A few walks around downtown, or just stepping outside to observe the neighborhood will allow you to see the multiple uses cement provides. From cement posts to towering buildings, concrete is malleable and can be used to produce amazing, long-lasting work. I will insist again on the durability of concrete and many Roman sites bear witness to the fact. No matter what level of difficulty your project entails, concrete can get the job done. It’s as simple as knowing which mix is the right one and having the correct person for the task.
The worldwide use of cement is greater than other materials like steel or wood. It is usually the most cost effective of materials as well. Concrete might be the most popular construction material and the cause of a multi-billion dollar market, but at the end, it will only mold to the capacity of the worker. It’s a hands-on liquid stone that requires adept handlers that can take advantage of all the properties and create a nice, strong, and enduring finished construction.