Religious and Environmentally Enhancing Uses for Concrete

Hi! My name is Martha. I am a deeply spiritual person and a lover of the environment. To give myself a chance to meld those two interests, I have created a beautiful space in my back garden complete with a concrete birdbath, a small patio and a great deal of flowers. In this blog, I am going to help you learn to use concrete in your sanctuary. Whether you are designing a huge church or just creating a small spiritual space in your home, you will find posts that help you integrate concrete into that space. I hope you find inspiration for both your faith and your decorating objectives in this blog!

Supplementing Concrete Joint Sealing: 5 Essential Design Features for Concrete Pavements

With time, cracks may start to appear on the surface of your concrete pavements. Unless these cracks are sealed properly, they will allow water to permeate and stay below the concrete, forming a void that can result in deterioration of the concrete. Although sealing the expansion joints on your concrete pavements can help minimise the extent of water damage, it doesn’t prevent water infiltration completely. For that reason, here are some basic features that can be incorporated into your permeable concrete pavement design to ensure proper management of stormwater. 1.    Pretreatment In permeable concrete pavements, the pavement itself serves as pretreatment to the stone reservoir underneath. Since the surface performs this function, ensuring regular maintenance of the surface can help to guarantee maximum possible performance. 2.    Treatment Permeable concrete pavements are made using concrete with reduced fines to allow stormwater to pass through it easily. After the storm, some stormwater may be stored in the empty spaces found in the stone reservoir found directly beneath the surface of the pavement. Treating porous concrete pavements can help to reduce the volume and rate of stormwater run-off and remove pollutants as well. 3.    Reduction of Maintenance Requirements An example of a non-structural element that can aid to guarantee proper maintenance of permeable concrete pavement is the use of a well-thought-out maintenance plan that clearly stipulates specific guidance on how to carry out routine maintenance. In essence, signs should be placed where cracking has been identified on the pervious concrete pavement. Proper maintenance entails vacuuming or pressure washing the surface of the concrete pavement periodically depending on site-specific conditions. 4.    Conveyance Stormwater...

3 Essential Benefits of Concrete Drilling Services

Are you in need of concrete drilling services? Concrete cutting contractors offer these services for virtually all new concrete construction or renovation projects. Whether you are a commercial, industrial or residential client, professional concrete cutting contractors can deliver the following benefits when you approach them to provide concrete drilling services for your specific project: Minimising the Danger Associated with Concrete Drilling Jobs Concrete drilling jobs are often risky to do because concrete material characteristically has high structural strength and is, therefore, difficult to break. When drilling concrete structures, dust and debris are usually released and this compromises the safety of site operatives. Apart from ensuring that such jobs are finished rapidly and professionally, concrete cutting contractors will make sure that they are done safely by providing site workers with safety equipment such as goggles, ear muffs, and work helmets, which help to protect the workers from various forms of physical or bodily harm including eye damage, hearing problems, and head injuries caused by flying dust and debris from the concrete. Hands-On Skills and Experience Working on Concrete Structures The quality of workmanship is an important factor for consideration when it comes to providing concrete drilling services. For that reason, many concrete cutting contractors employ site managers or engineers directly so that there is continuity in experience and capability for all of the services offered. In other words, these contractors seldom sub-contract any of the jobs brought to them, ensuring that every step of the job is closely supervised. As a result, they can guarantee a reliably high standard of skill in all the concrete drilling services that they provide...

3 Trends in Residential Concrete Applications to Expect in 2015

If you’re building a new home or planning some home renovations, you may have already considered using concrete as a cost-effective construction medium. However, many people are not aware of the range of versatile applications for concrete around the home. Look at three new trends in residential concrete applications that demonstrate the exciting and fashionable ways you can use concrete in your home. Metallic finishes Concrete is fast becoming a viable flooring option for both business and residential properties, and is also making appearances in the kitchen and bathroom as vanities, countertops, sinks and baths. A new way of creating interest to concrete in wet-areas and flooring is to apply a metallic coating. If you’re looking for a dynamic finish for your concrete floors, a marbled metallic effect can be achieved by applying layers of epoxy resin that have been pigmented with different metallic shades. Alternatively, a polyester resin can be mixed with real metal powders, resulting in the appearance of a solid cast metal surface. Metallic finishes can be applied to any concrete with successful results. Soft curves When we think of concrete, the image conjured is one of straight lines and hard edges. A new style of concrete casting, however, is revolutionising that preconception. Using fabric or plastic sheeting to create soft curves, concrete can be used to create everything from corrugated fencing and garden edging to custom-designed architectural elements. By applying wet concrete to a flexible form liner in the required shape, the concrete is cast in a customised shape or with a unique texture. One of the most exciting applications for fabric-formed concrete is wall panelling,...

Five Things You Need To Know About Your Scaffolding

Scaffolding helps construction and maintenance personnel to access elevated places so that work can be done there. However, working at heights presents safety risks that you must be aware of so that you take steps to reduce those risks. This article discusses five things that you need to know about your scaffolding so that the safety of your workers is not compromised. The Scaffold’s Weight Limit Each scaffold is designed to carry a certain maximum weight of personnel and materials. Ask for the design records of your scaffold so that you confirm what its load limit is. Once you know that limit, make sure that it is never exceeded so that you prevent the scaffold from collapsing due to an overload. The Scaffold’s Guardrails Guardrails protect materials, equipment  and workers from falling off the scaffold. However, these guardrails are often removed in order to load bulky materials, such as window frames, onto the platform, and workers neglect to put them back. Avoid making this mistake since it creates an opportunity for an accident, such as an employee falling, to occur at your worksite. Scaffold Anchorage Scaffold safety is enhanced if that scaffold is well anchored onto the structure against which it is standing. Ensure that your scaffold is not anchored on a drainpipe, vent or other pipes that can be dislodged by the weight of the scaffold and its load. Anchor the scaffold using tiebacks installed in the walls of the building so that the scaffold is secured well. Scaffold Access Many accidents occur as employees get onto or off a scaffold. You should devote attention to ensuring that...

Concrete Joint Sealing: What It Is & Its Benefits

Concrete joint sealing is a repair/maintenance treatment carried out on concrete paving. This entails the application of a bituminous sealer that binds your concrete, restoring its structural integrity and getting rid of gaps on your paving. This treatment can be carried out in response to damage such as cracks or poorly installed concrete slabs. It can also be carried out as a preventative measure on areas that have tiny gaps and could leak water or develop into large gaps. However, concrete joint sealing has far-reaching benefits apart from just restoring the looks of your paving. Read on to learn more. Great cost savings Whether you’re repairing the effects of wear on your concrete or just carrying out maintenance to avoid future damage, concrete joint sealing is a great cost-saver. During the process, minimal repair work is carried out. The gaps are simply identified, cleared out and filled with a special sealer. Concrete joint sealing is therefore an affordable way to repair your paving as opposed to carrying out major reconstruction. Concrete joint sealing also reduces the amount of maintenance you need to carry out thereafter, saving you even more costs. Minimal downtime during repair Another thing to note about concrete joint sealing is that it’s a fast process. It’s the kind of paving maintenance treatment that can be carried out on your paving in just a few hours. Once done, your surfaces can resume work immediately. This means that concrete joint sealing will cause your premises or work area very little interruption. This makes the process ideal even for busy areas such as roads, driveways and runways. Prolongs the...

Methods of Cutting Concrete for a Home Project Without Jackhammers

When a project around your house will involve cutting concrete, you’ll need to decide on the best choice of cutting tool. Jackhammers are commonly used but these have many disadvantages. They cause excessive vibration which can actually damage your home’s foundation and even nearby wildlife, and this vibration along with their weight makes them very cumbersome to use. If you’ve never handled a jackhammer you may find that it’s nearly impossible to control. A jackhammer also doesn’t offer much precision when it comes to cutting. You may try to follow a line in the concrete with a jackhammer but it will simply break up the concrete, not cut it cleanly. Note a few other choices you have for cutting concrete if you know that a jackhammer will not work for you, for any of these reasons. 1. Concrete saws A concrete saw is not like a standard band saw or handsaw, as it usually has a special diamond-tipped blade that makes it easier to cut through concrete. A concrete saw is a good choice for when you need  a smooth, even line cut in the concrete or for when you want to avoid the noise and the mess created by a jackhammer. Note that concrete saw comes in a wide variety of sizes so you can usually find one to fit your needs. Some saws are very large and are encased in a housing the same size as a lawnmower, so you can use it along a driveway and get a very large cut in a short time. Others are smaller and meant to be held in one hand,...

Advantages Of Using Steel Reinforced Concrete

Reinforced concrete is a widely used building material made of a combination of concrete and reinforcement steel bars. The steel bars have high tensile strength while the concrete has compressive strength, and when they are used together, they are virtually indestructible. There are various advantages of using reinforced concrete in construction, which include the following. Durability Currently, there is no other building system that is more durable than reinforced concrete. Using reinforced concrete makes the building safer, more structurally sound and able to withstand harmful element allowing it to last for many years. Reinforced concrete is very secure against fires, storms and even low magnitude earthquakes.  This quality makes it suitable for used in facilities such as health centers, school and public buildings. Economical Other than being strong and durable, reinforced concrete also allows builders to enjoy other efficiency features. You can create customised building systems that are fire resistant with lower floor-to-floor height. It is very efficient in construction, and the total cost of construction is reduced. The speed of construction reduces labor costs and allows you to start getting returns on your investments as soon as possible. Flexible During construction of reinforced concrete, the steel rods are set up first, and then the liquid concrete is poured around the steel frame. This allows the builder to come up with a wide variety of construction shapes that require very little maintenance. You can come up with unique and captivating architectural designs using reinforced concrete. It takes less effort to build arches, curves and intricate geometric or abstract shapes using reinforced concrete. Easy to construct You do not require...

Tips to Consider When Cutting Concrete Without Much Experience

Are you a DIY enthusiast and would like to know how to cut concrete? Making sure you are well prepared will ensure that the job gets completed efficiently, and in a manner that is safe. If you have never cut concrete before, or have very little experience doing so, then read on for these vital tips on how to get the job right. The Correct Tools Must Be Used By using the correct tools for a concrete cutting job, you will be decreasing the amount of time it takes, and increasing the safety aspect of the job. For example, all you might really need is a sledge hammer if the width is south of 8 centimetres, and the concrete isn’t reinforced. For thicker and reinforced concrete types power equipment should be used. The appropriate options include pneumatic jack hammers, hammer drills and electric breakers. Protection Some DIY enthusiasts believe that just because they are not on a construction site,  then the rules of protective clothing do not apply to them. However, this is a serious mistake to make when cutting concrete because of how dangerous the job is. Concrete debris will be flying around, and therefore make sure to wear steel toe capped boots to protect your feet. A fair amount of dust will be generated while working with the power tools so goggles should be worn while using them. Finally, gloves must be worn to protect your hands from scratches. Perform a Surface Cut Before you make the cut, use a piece of chalk, or a thick heavy-duty pencil to mark the line of the cut.When you are...