Concrete is one of the most versatile,
durable, efficient, cost effective construction materials
available. With a world wide production rate of 5 billion
cubic tons per year, it is the second most consumed
substance on earth after water. The United Arab Emirates
(UAE). alone uses about 130 million cubic meters of
ready-mixed concrete each year. It is used in highways,
streets, parking lots, parking garages, bridges,
high-rise buildings, dams, homes, floors, sidewalks,
driveways, and numerous other applications.
Concrete has no intrinsic form and its
ultimate shape and texture is dictated by the formwork
into which it is poured. As a result, finished concrete
can assume almost any color, shape or texture. This
versatility gives concrete designers and contractors a
medium with unlimited potential.
What is the difference
between Concrete and Cement ?
People often confuse concrete and cement. Cement is
actually an ingredient in concrete that glues together
the rock or gravel with the sand, water, and other
additives. When a concrete truck is seen driving down the
road, it contains ready mixed concrete, meaning a mixture
of materials forming concrete.
Is the concrete in sidewalks the
same as the concrete in bridges ?
Concrete can be made thousands of different
ways. Numerous types sizes and colors of sand, rock,
gravel, cements, and chemicals can make today's concrete
do almost anything, from holding up a skyscraper to
filling a hole in the ground. Concrete can be made of
varying strengths, densities, colors, and
characteristics, each serving varying purposes.