Top Concrete Benefits
– Concrete materials are low cost and widely available all over the world.
- Works at ambient temperature
– Concrete can be optimised for different weather conditions.
- It can be cast into any mould
– As concrete starts in a liquid state, it can be made into any shape you need as long as you have a mould.
- Energy efficient production
– The amount of energy required to produce concrete is much lower than the production of steel for example, at around 450–750 kWh/ton.
- Very water resistant
– This is especially true in pure water where there are no chemicals to start the corrosion process. Concrete is extensively used in underwater projects such as pipelines, canals and dams.
- Highly temperature resistant
– Up to 910-degrees! It is also a non-combustible material.
- Can be made up of waste/recycled materials
– Many industrial waste products can be used in concrete as a replacement for cement or aggregate. These could include fly ash, slag and sometimes even vehicle tyres! Therefore, concrete production can reduce the environmental impacts caused by industrial waste. When the concrete is no longer required, it can be broken down and reused again for other construction projects.
- It is incredibly strong and can be reinforced to be even stronger!
– Steel rods and other materials can be used inside the concrete.
- Low maintenance required after installation
– Concrete does not require painting or coating to protect it from the elements, unlike steel or wood.
– Concrete can be used for a variety of building projects such as building foundations, driveways and walls.