Concrete products are commonplace in business - think concrete floors, foundations and parking structures - and of course, in the construction industry. According to industry estimates, more than 9 billion cubic yards of concrete are poured annually. Ready mixed concrete remains the most popular type of concrete used, although insulating concrete forms (ICF construction techniques) are making waves in the building industry due to their strength, durability and energy efficient qualities. Add to these basic uses a new focus on decorative concrete looks, and it is apparent that the possibilities are endless.
Inside this guide to concrete products, you'll discover:
- Concrete basics, such as ready mixed concrete.
- The benefits of using insulating concrete forms.
- How to locate a concrete contractor.
- Best practices for maintaining concrete products.
Get the basics: ready mixed concreteBy far, the most common type of concrete used in construction is ready mixed concrete. Ready mixed concrete is delivered in a freshly mixed, unhardened state.
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Options for concrete productsFrom high strength concrete products and insulating concrete forms used in high-rise buildings and other major construction projects to architectural design and masonry, a wealth of concrete products are available for your construction projects.
Hire a concrete contractorFor major construction projects, a concrete contractor is a necessity. For smaller projects, such as pouring concrete floors, concrete driveways or other concrete products, a concrete contractor may still prove beneficial.
Maintain concrete products for added longevityWhile concrete products, such as concrete floors are durable and long lasting, proper maintenance will greatly enhance the life and beauty of concrete products. With plain concrete, it can mean the difference between a clean, bright look and a grimy, dull appearance. Consider that exterior concrete can be subject to the harshest of weather conditions.
- Order 5 to 10 percent more ready mixed concrete than estimated requirements to make up for possible spills or waste.
- Choose a reputable and licensed concrete contractor.
- Regular maintenance and cleaning of concrete products will enhance its life and beauty.