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Environmental Impact of Concrete Production

November 28, 2013

Concrete has been the primary construction material in our towns and cities for well over 100 years now, with its roots dating back centuries. It’s synonymous with industry and manufacturing, but despite what you may think concrete production is actually far better for our environment than similar processes for other construction materials. This is reassuring to know, especially at a time when the compromise between green practices and industrial growth is so stretched. The resources needed to create concrete (mostly sand, water, aggregate and cement) are natural and abundant, and its use helps to sustain other, less plentiful materials, such as…

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A Guide to Concrete and Concrete Mixtures

September 15, 2013

Though a familiar part of our 21st century environment, concrete has been used for construction since ancient times. Roman forms of concrete, using hydrated lime and volcanic ash, were markedly superior to the predominantly sand and lime mixes used by other civilisations. Mixing The characteristic strength and density of concrete is related to the proportions of the three principal ingredients: water, cement and aggregate. The aggregate component is generally a type of gravel and/or small stone mixture which gives a rough or smooth texture to the finished concrete, reflecting the fine or coarse nature of the aggregate mixture. Water is generally…

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How to Repair Cracked Concrete

July 19, 2013

Concrete is a very strong building material that can cope with large amounts of stress, but it is possible for it to be damaged. However, there are several methods that can be used to repair damaged concrete. The technique that is chosen will depend on the extent and location of the crack. Narrow concrete cracks are easier to repair than those that are wider, as long as the correct techniques are followed. Loose debris should be removed using a wire brush, and then the area should be washed using either a bucket of water or a hose. This will remove any…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Staining Concrete Floors

June 26, 2013

You may find this hard to believe, but staining a concrete floor can be a complex task; especially for a beginner. Different stains have different chemical compositions that may react with the flooring, while others do not have the durability necessary for the material of your floor. Here are some tips to consider if you are a beginner and you plan to do it yourself… For the staining process, you will need protective clothing, including rubber boots, safety glasses, gloves, long trousers and a sleeved shirt. A fan is also useful to provide fresh air. Use plastic bags to cover what…

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