The importance of concrete

Human dwellings have progressed with time just like the humans. At first, it was caves and huts which gave way to structures made out of marble and crude cement made by crushing and burning Gypsum or Limestone. As the world progressed further, lime gave way to mortar which was created by adding sand and water to lime. Mortar’s greatest use was (and still is) adhering stones together. This gave architects of that time a much-welcomed option to build homes with. After a few thousand years of progress, humanity finally said ‘hello’ to a variant of the concrete that we use today. Needless to say, it took a lot of experimentation to reach that point.

Nowadays the concrete that we use to build our homes and other structures is made using cement, fine and coarse aggregates of stone, sand, and water. It can withstand a limited amount of pressure but is quite useful nonetheless. Certain other chemicals are added to the concrete base to change their inherent properties. This is usually done in places where there is a chance of extreme weather conditions. However adding chemical solutions can only enhance the strength and durability to a certain extent. If the weather conditions are extreme, beyond the threshold of the concrete; the concrete will not be able to withstand the pressure.

As the need to invent a stronger material grew, scientists and concrete enthusiasts went about formulating a stronger version of the content. This resulted in the invention of the more powerful version of concrete. This new high strength concrete was to be used to build structures that required excellent durability and strength.

High strength concrete can withstand a lot more pressure than regular concrete, and therefore it is used in the building of structures such as dams, stadiums, malls, etc. Additional chemicals are also added to high strength concrete to help improve upon its strength further. The only thing to be wary about is the fact that not all additives will gel well with the concrete’s strength. So if a low strength additive is mixed with high strength concrete, then there is a great possibility that the structure will have faults in it. Some of them are life threatening also. To avoid goof ups like this, it is better to seek recommendations from authoritative sources on concrete, about which additive to use with this type of high strength concrete.

One must also make sure to never mistake high strength concrete with high-performance concrete. They both are slightly different and therefore have various applications. All high strength concrete is high-performance concrete, but not all high-performance concrete is high strength, as proven by

Concrete is also a rather cold material as it does not retain heat well. This makes it not such a good material for use in the interior of homes, such as the flooring area. However, carpets and rugs can help with this somewhat. The main con with concrete is usually down to if the mix was poor, to begin with, or the finished result was not properly sealed. This can make concrete prone to moisture penetration, resulting in the growth of mildew or mold. In colder climates this could lead to moisture freezing, causing the concrete to expand and crack.