COLOURED CONCRETE 101
Coloured concrete, also referred to as decorative concrete, dates as far back as the early 1900’s. It was first used by precast companies who manufactured concrete for building facades. They used stains and colours to make their work more interesting and appealing. Some would mix pigment directly into the concrete for a casting, while others submerged their completed casting in chemical solutions to stain the product. Thesemanufacturers went through trials, testing, and research to develop products and processes that worked. Today, the coloured concrete market is growing at a faster pace than any other segment of the concrete industry. None of this would be possible without the development of strong, durable concrete and the techniques used to apply it. The coloured concrete application process requires highly skilled, trained and experienced concrete finishers with in-depth knowledge of range of concrete products. Becoming familiar with colour, how it works, factors that affect the final colour, and methods for repairing coloured concrete issues are important steps toward becoming an expert in all aspects of decorative concrete.
CONCRETE VS. WOOD
In today’s construction industry within Toronto the majority of companies and builders use wood as the base building material. Now, some are moving towards concrete and experiencing the benefits that it has to offer over wood both in residential and commercial.
DIFFERENT USES OF CONCRETE
Concrete has been used in construction for thousands of years, dating back to the Roman Empire. It is currently one of the most used construction materials in the world and shapes our communities in the form of buildings, homes, roads, curbs, bridges and much more. Let’s explore the different uses of concrete!
Concrete is one of the most durable building materials in the world. Certain guidelines must be followed in order to ensure proper handling, placing, finishing and curing of the freshly placed concrete.
WORLD OF CONCRETE 2017
On January 16-20, 2017, World of Concrete took place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. It is the only annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. Every year, WOC attracts over 1,500 exhibitors and 60,000 registered industry professionals, and occupies more than 700,000 net square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space.
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