Why Concrete

THE CONCRETE ADVANTAGE

At its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste and rocks, or aggregates. This paste is made from Portland cement and water, it coats the surface of the fine and coarse aggregates. Through a chemical reaction called Hydration, the paste hardens and continually gains strength, forming Concrete.

The concrete production process spotlights a unique trait: Concrete is plastic and malleable when newly mixed, but strong and durable when hardened. This specialized feature is how concrete is capable of building skyscrapers, bridges, sidewalks, superhighways, houses, and dams.

Ready Mixed Concrete is ideal for large jobs where space is limited and there is little room for a mixing plant and aggregate stockpiles. Ready Mixed Concrete is also preferable when smaller quantities of concrete or intermittent placing of concrete are required.

Residential

Residential concrete uses cast-in-place construction for single- and multi-family dwellings, as well as for a variety of ancillary structures and designs. With a wide range of different applications, concrete can be the ideal choice for your next home project.

 
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Commercial

Commercial concrete applications can be found throughout every area of a building structure; floors, walls, pavements, even in the architectural design details. Due to the structural demands and durability requirements, commercial concrete requires a stronger mix and heavier reinforcement.

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