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DIFFERENT USES OF CONCRETEConcrete 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!
Cast-in-place concrete is transported in an unhardened state, primarily as ready-mix, and placed in forms or moulds. Ready-mixed concrete is proportioned and mixed off the work site, and then delivered to the construction site in a truck agitator (click here to read about how ready-mix concrete is made).
Cast-in-place concrete offers long-term durability and structural support. It is often used in building foundations, walls, columns, floors, roofs, pavements, and curbs. Check out the video below that shows the process of pouring coloured concrete curbs at a Toronto project site.
Coloured concrete is extensively used for decorative purposes for interiors, driveways, pathways and patios. Coloured concrete provides endless possibilities by blending coloured pigment into ready-mixed concrete. It can transform a room or a patio from simple to spectacular. It can add texture by simulating the look of brick, flagstone, pavers, or tile. Did you know, Toronto Redi-Mix uses liquid colour batching to create consistently blended Colour-Crete concrete in a variety of colours? Click here to read more.
Concrete is the structural material of choice for vegetated roofs because it provides a continuous load-bearing surface for the potentially moist growing trees and plants. Vegetative roofs are used in residential buildings, office buildings, hospitals, schools, recreational facilities, shopping centers and airports. In fact, the Green Roof Bylaw in Toronto governs the construction of green roofs on new development. Click here to read about the process of installing soil on a green roof.
Concrete is used to provide prolonged building benefits by functioning as thermal mass, acoustical barrier and durable structure. A great example of using concrete in building design is St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, QC – Canada’s largest church. The exterior features 283 concrete steps leading up to the entrance of the basilica. The interior design is inspired by Art Deco style with a focus on the large scale, simple patterns, and streamlined forms. The concrete interior walls provide a barrier between the outdoor noise and the indoor environment in the church.
Whitetopping involves covering of a deteriorated asphalt pavement with a layer of Portland cement concrete, in order to rehabilitate the old pavement. It is used in airport pavements, highways, secondary roads, and other pavements.
A wide variety of concrete applications allows us to create both beauty and function of the structures we build. Did you know that Toronto Redi-Mix allows you to order your custom concrete online? Go to http://torontoredi-mix.com/order-concrete to check out our handy online order builder today.