Concrete works including:
• Structural slabs
• Parking pads and lots
• Street walkways
Concrete is the material of choice for driveways, sidewalks, patios, steps, and for garages, basements, and industrial floors. It is relatively inexpensive to install and provides an attractive, durable surface that is easy to maintain. Proper attention to the standard practices and procedures for constructing exterior or interior concrete can yield a concrete surface that will provide long-lasting superior performance.
Design Flexibility - concrete can be moulded into any shape by using appropriate formwork. This capability can be used to provide tailor-made design solutions to specific problems and also aesthetically pleasing finishes which often eliminate the need for further fixings, e.g. false ceilings.
Specification Variety - concrete can be manufactured to an enormous range of specifications to suit a wide variety of applications. This can be achieved by using different mix designs or by the addition of different materials.
Durability - concrete is one of the most durable materials on earth. Well designed, well placed concrete offers exceptional durability and long life in any structure.
Energy Efficiency - the majority of concrete is produced locally, minimizing fuel requirements for handling and transportation. Once in place, concrete offers significant energy savings over the lifetime of the structure. The energy efficiency of a structure is a major consideration in the life cycle cost analysis. Concrete construction minimizes the overall building height. This shortens vertical runs of mechanical and electrical systems and reduces the exterior surface area to be enclosed and insulated.
Fire Resistance - concrete is almost unique in being an inexpensive, readily available building material which is intrinsically fire resistant, needing no additional application of fire protection, and at the same time having structural and aesthetic qualities.
Faster Construction - concrete provides faster construction which means reduced carrying costs and faster revenue generation. This facilitates more timely pay back of financing charges and faster revenue generation for the developer/owner.
Cost Effectiveness - due to its longevity and ease of construction, concrete is often the most economical choice for engineered structures. Load-bearing concrete exterior walls serve not only to enclose the buildings, but to carry roof and wind loads – eliminating the need to erect separate cladding and structural systems.