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Why Concrete is so Widely Used

Concrete still remains the building material of choice for most structures and is the single most widely used material throughout the world. Its properties are such that it resists weathering, erosion and other natural disasters, and requires very little maintenance. Dating back to early Egyptian times, humans have mixed together the basic ingredients of concrete from sand and gravel, a cement-like binder, and water for thousands of years.

Concrete’s continued popularity comes from the fact that it is not only economical but it is very strong and durable. When compared to wood, asphalt or other building materials, concrete outlasts them by decades and even gains strength over time. Concrete is an extremely versatile material that is used to construct buildings, bridges, dams, tunnels, pavements, runways and roads. Additionally concrete is extremely fire resistance so it is a safe material to use.

The raw material used to make cement, which is a part of concrete, is limestone, and is the most abundant mineral on earth. Also concrete can be made from waste byproducts that come from power plants, steel mills and other manufacturing facilities such as fly ash, slag cement, and silica fume.

The concrete industry is very large, and given the nature of concrete, it is locally produced. It is estimated that the industry provides more than two million jobs to Americans. Generally the concrete used on a particular project is produced quite nearby and very little cement or concrete is traded or transported internationally. Most cement travels by trucks and the remainder by barge or train.

Furthermore concrete is environmental friendly. Decades later, concrete can be recycled into an aggregate that has a hundred or more different uses. The concrete is easily crushed and recycled to be used for such things as new concrete pavement, a road base, or backfill.

THE BENEFITS OF CONCRETE

Concrete is so integral to our communities because it is the only building material that cost-effectively delivers:

  • the lowest carbon footprint for a structure or pavement over its lifecycle
  • unparalleled strength, durability, longevity and resilience
  • maximized energy efficiency via thermal mass
  • durability in any environment
  • a building material that doesn’t burn, rust or rot
  • safety and security
  • versatility – it can be molded into any shape, colour or pattern imaginable
  • no off-gas
  • excellent vibration and sound insulating
  • low maintenance costs
  • 100 % recyclability, plus the materials needed to make concrete are abundant in just about every locale on the planet

TOOWOOMBA CONCRETING

Our full range of concrete services are designed to do one thing: provide you with quality concrete. Our residential concreting services are perfect if you have any need for concrete installation around your home or property. We are experts when it comes to the installation of concrete driveways, patios, pathways and concrete slabs for a range of different uses. The concrete that our service provides is always of the highest quality and is really designed to last. When you combine that with our amazing prices, you’ll see why so many people choose to use our concrete service. We provide real value and real results.

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