The Benefits of Concrete Use in Construction

The concrete as we know it today has been around since the early 1800s, whilst various concrete like substances trace back thousands of years. But why is concrete so widely used in construction? What are the benefits to using this material, and what are the alternatives? Below these questions will be answered as we take a look at three different concrete building materials and their roles in construction.

Prestressed Concrete Panels


Applications:

• Livestock housing
• Grain storage
• Silage clamps
• Slurry stores
• Recycling storage bays
• Flood defence walls waste transfer stations
• Industrial buildings
• Agricultural buildings

As you can see from the list of possible applications, prestressed concrete panels are certainly able to perform well in an array of environments. One of the main benefits of concrete is its strength. For structures like the above which need to be extremely strong, concrete is an excellent choice. Prestressed concrete is even more suitable as it undergoes a further strengthening process. This process gives the concrete flexibility, which is vital for certain types of structures. An example of a structure which requires flexibility would be a grain store. Grain stores need to be tolerant of high load volumes and expand and retract without losing strength. The flexibility given to the concrete by the prestressing process makes this material ideal for this type of structure, as a standard concrete could crack under the stress of excessive loads.


Concrete Floor Beams


Applications:

• Residential new builds
• Industrial Structures
• Commercial Structures

Concrete floor beams are used in conjunction with concrete floor blocks to create a suspended floor structure. The result of this method is a flat, even surface that will become the base of the main structure. Compared to a suspended timber floors, concrete offers more effective sound proofing and insulation as well as higher fire resistance. Concrete beams can also typically cover a greater distance the timber alternative.

Concrete Lego Blocks


Applications:

• Retaining walls
• Storage bays
• Demarcation blocks

Concrete lego blocks can be used to create a multitude of structures. As the name suggests the blocks are designed to interlock with one another to form freestanding concrete walls. The blocks can be used to create retaining walls, aggregate bays or used alone as demarcation markers. These blocks will create a strong, robust structure yet can be relocated or removed at any time. Our concrete blocks are made with quality assured concrete and will stay resistant to frost throughout their lifetime.
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