Stamped concrete and pavers have come a long way in the last few decades – so much so that experts are predicting an annual industry growth rate of 6% through 2024.* Research and Markets, a firm dedicated to understanding industry trends, reports that the stamped concrete market overshadows other sectors, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. … Continue reading Concrete Block and Paver Industry Growth
Exposed aggregate concrete is a form of decorative concrete achieved by removing the top layer of cement paste and revealing the underlying aggregate. It’s a great choice for landscaping because not only is it easy to customize but it’s stain and skid resistant too. In recent years, industry leaders have pushed the boundaries with exposed … Continue reading Concrete Highlights: Exposed Aggregate
While we can all agree concrete is a superior material, convincing those outside the construction industry can be tricky. Surely after all this time, there are better materials out there, right? Obviously not. We don’t need to spend time convincing you, but you have to convince potential customers. Use some of the points we highlight … Continue reading How To Talk Prospects Into a Concrete Driveway
Concrete pipes go back. Way back. Blueprints dated around 1894 detail the construction of a sewer in St. Paul, Minnesota, featuring reinforced concrete pipe installed around 1887. St. Paul and other cities in Minnesota are only now replacing the infrastructure that has been in place for more than 100 years. If that doesn’t speak to … Continue reading Revisiting Concrete Pipes: Why They Continue to Dominate
Well, the Winter Olympics are finished, and we have our sights set on 2020. Japan caught our attention with one of their Summer Olympic announcements. The Tokyo games will feature a first: skateboarding. While none of us here are about to land a 180 kickflip, we have an interest in skateboarding trends for a pretty … Continue reading Could a Skate Park Resurgence Be on the Horizon?
Quick fix: Researchers at the University of California recently discovered that hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete (HyFRC) tubes performed better than HyFRC cast-in-place columns during bridge seismic-testing scenarios. In the future, these HyFRC tubes could replace current precast column techniques for bridges. Making concrete bridges stronger During America’s amazing growth from 1945 through 1970, many reinforced concrete … Continue reading Hybrid fiber-reinforced concrete columns and bridge stabilization
Reinforced concrete is a go-to for bridges built to last. But not all of those bridges are for freshwater rivers or gaping ravines. A recent study evaluated concrete submerged in the ocean along the Norwegian and Danish coastlines. The concrete tested ranged in age from 2 to 34 years. No matter the age, the concrete … Continue reading Zonation in Marine Concrete: Simplified