The concrete industry is huge business. Whether it’s domestic, building or commercial property, the industry gets bigger and bigger. Many of us who live in our homes are always looking to improve on what we have. It may be a simple renovation or a standard lick of paint, but either way we all crave changes. For the best improvements that revolve around your concrete needs, we will take a look at some of the areas you can improve and even look at some of the latest technology to see if they can be used in within your home.
This might not sound like a massive improvement, but a new driveway could really change the look of your home. Depending on what you are after, the driveway is often one of the first things you see when you enter a property. The choices in the material you use are also important. If you decide to change to a concrete driveway, you may need commercial concrete services agents to help you decide if this is the right option for you. They will look at the area and see if it is viable to undertake. Concrete is very hard wearing but over time it may need maintenance as it can be prone to cracking. (Later in this article, we will uncover a new technology that may address this issue). Asphalt is another material used on driveways. As with concrete, asphalt has its advantages and unlike concrete, cracking happens over a longer period of time, often making it more cost effective. The concrete versus asphalt driveway debate will rage on, but the truth is, both are good in their own ways, and it’s just a matter of deciding which one is best for you.
The next area that your eyes will look at is your carport garage or undercover car space. Again, make sure this looks presentable as it is another area that is first seen. A final point that has to be considered, after your car port, is the look of your home. In many cases the actual building that you live in will be adjacent to your car parking areas, thus making sure that this is aesthetically pleasing is an important as the other areas already mentioned.
Your outside area can consist of an outbuilding and other constructed areas which may be made of concrete. Take for example, outdoor water features.These are often made of concrete so that the water can smoothly go around the design, minimising the risk of spillage and absorption. This is particularly relevant if the concrete area has been glazed. Again, over time, as mentioned with driveways, cracking can occur which can often ruin the feature that you have. Water features made out of concrete are expensive, so to preserve them and to ensure their longevity, many care tips like these need to be followed.
Patios are another area that are made of concrete or slabs, which are a version of concrete. These often provide a strong levelled area for your outdoor seating. Again, this can be subject to weather erosion and damage from day to day wear, thus making maintenance an essential part of its life.
The Home/ Building
As mentioned previously, your home or the commercial building that you work in could be made of concrete. Concrete is a really strong material and commercial engineers love its use. It is widely used across the world, but as with any material, it does have its drawbacks. We mentioned in the driveways and outdoor features section the uses and positives of concrete and its applications and as a construction material, it is now clear to see why it is an extremely popular choice.
Over the years manufacturers of concrete have come up with various improvements to widen its use and to make it stronger, more durable and even environmentally friendly so that we can continue to benefit from its uses. Below we will now take a look at the marvel of seal healing concrete.
Self Healing Concrete
Self-healing concrete is not a brand-new concept. It is a product that gets mixed reviews in the construction industry. As mentioned before, concert build our pavements, roads, bridges, buildings, in fact it builds anything that needs to be strong and sturdy. Self-healing concrete has a property within it whereby the concrete can repair itself. It does this by having a self-activating bacteria within it which makes it able to fix cracks that may appear. Once this technology further develops, it will increase the life on concrete, reducing the amount of maintenance required, thus enabling costs to lower.
The technology is a marriage of civil engineering and marine biology. These two colossal departments have research and development teams that have worked tirelessly to come up with this technology. Obviously, one of the biggest positives of this technology is the fact it will be able to be used more widely than it is now, and the prospect that a concrete structure being able to start repairing itself as it gets older is immense. However, on the negative side of the argument, there are many sceptical civil engineers that feel that this could be one step too far and that it may infect the overall integrity of the concrete. One of the main aspects of self-healing concrete is that the bacteria start to produce limestone which eventually starts to repair the cracks. Although this type of technology may seem far-fetched, it is predicted that by 2030, this may be a standard part of concrete construction.
In conclusion, concrete is arguably one of the best building materials of the twenty first century. For hundreds of years, concrete has been responsible for some of the most famous buildings in the world. The latest generation of concrete that we use today can be seen in some of the best constructed building around the world, so if this new technology takes off, who knows where the building industry will be in the next 100 years.