Concrete is a core material in building and forms the bare bones of structures in modern cities. Not a lot of people give it thought until the time comes to use it, whether it be for renovating or starting a new project. There's more to concrete than what you see on the surface.
But isn’t concrete the same anywhere?
Absolutely not. While concrete can withstand massive amounts of pressure (especially when poured over mesh) there are different types for different jobs. To start with, concrete mixes come with different load bearing capacities.
What load bearing capacities?
The amount of pressure put on concrete slabs varies by what area it's used in. 2500 to 3000 psi types are favoured for interiors and pathways. But for more durability, builders favour 3500 psi concrete mixes. Using up to 5000 psi blends in a home is rare. This type is reserved for industrial areas like warehouses and places where there's heavy foot and vehicle traffic.
Concrete in general, when combined with steel mesh, is resistant to cracks and high pressure when the right type is used. When you meet with the contractor, they'll know what material is better suited for the job you want to do.
What if I want something different, like colours?
Concrete doesn’t have to be boring! The concept of colour with concrete is nothing new. Clients can special order the product through their contractor so that it will suit the tone of their home.
The building industry has been making steps to project a “high class” image. One example is Austral teaming up with Camilla Franks, the kaftan designer. They introduced a line of vividly coloured bricks to use for interior spaces.
When someone says “concrete” a boring, grey slab of stone comes to mind. However, there's much more to it than appearances. Concrete is formulated to take on different amounts of pressure and clients can order it coloured if they want something that will add character to their project.