How is Concrete Made

Before concrete turns into your patio, driveway, or house’s foundation, it has to be processed first. The concrete process is a fairly simple one, and it combines water, gravel, sand, aggregate, and cement. All of these things will be mixed together to produce concrete. Once done, concrete will be poured into a mold. Let it cure for a specific period of time and it will become solid. 

 

Today, most concrete products come in a smooth finish. They are also strong enough to withstand a lot of pressure. Before the concrete process that is used today, the way to make concrete involves the combination of water, sand, mud, and straw. This is the type of concrete that is used to make the twig structures that build huts. It is only in the 1800s when cement was developed, which is a type of powdered limestone. It is added to the mix to create more durable concrete mix. 

Types of Concrete  

There are different types of concrete but they are mainly by the concentration of each ingredient added to the mix. If you add a small quantity of cement compared to sand, then a different mixture is achieved. The same is true if you use aggregates other than gravel to add strength to the concrete.  

It’s possible to make concrete in different quantities and amount, depending on your requirements. However, they all go through the same process before they become ready for pouring. The quantity of cement plays a major roleThe right proportion provides you with the best results 

It is also possible to buy wet concrete instead of the different dry ingredients for you to mix together. With the purchase of wet concrete, the company will be the one to mix all the ingredients with water. They will deliver the semi-fluid concrete mixture to the job site in large trucks that are equipped with rotating cylinder to prevent the concrete mix from hardening. 

How to Properly Handle Concrete  

When ordering wet concrete and it arrives in a truck with a rotating bed, then you have to pour it immediately. Keep in mind that mixed concrete is used for only a short period of time. It’s only the rotating movement that keeps the wet concrete in the desired semiliquid state. Once the rotator stops moving, the concrete will begin to harden.  

Additionally, concrete hardens when exposed to a lot of air. So before ordering wet concrete, be sure that the workers and the forms are ready. There should be an adequate number of people to lay the concrete to achieve the best results.  

It’s a common mistake to add more water to the concrete if it hardens. That’s actually a good fix but you should also know that doing so will affect the structural integrity of the concrete. If problems do arise, then the professional concrete contractors should be able to correct it. That’s why you have to hire the experts if you’re looking at a fairly big concrete laying project. You may always work on small projects but always leave the complicated jobs to the hands of the professionals.  

 

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