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TEXWIN Concrete Information!
Questions about concrete? Make sure your concrete slab is square with all door recesses configured as below. The concrete dimensions should be exactly the same size as your building and you will find that information on your contract. If your slab is bigger than your building water can run under the frame and into the building, so it is not recommended. Garage door recesses should be in place on all concrete slabs to prevent water from coming in underneath the door. You can see an example in the image below.
Information about doors!
Inswing residential doors tend to be more appealing however, more vulnerable to wind and rain and will often leak water unless protected by a cover. If there is no cover or awning an Outswing door should be considered. Outswing doors are more weatherproof and are also much harder to force open. However, because the hinges are on the outside, you should choose a hinge designs that do not have removable pins or other security features to discourage would-be intruders.
What Exactly Is Concrete?
Concrete is a mix of ingredients including cement, water, aggregates, paste, and additives. The cement and water form a paste that hardens and bonds the aggregates together. Concrete is one of the most versatile and long-lasting building materials out there. Couple that with its relatively low cost and it’s easy to see why concrete has become one of the most used building blocks of the modern age.
Is Cracking Normal?
Because concrete isn’t flexible, it is prone to cracking especially during multiple freezing and thawing conditions. This is perfectly normal and small cracks won’t compromise the concrete’s strength. When you see a crack in your concrete slab or wall, your first assumption is typically that something has been done wrong–but that’s not always the case. Actually, concrete cracks are very common, these cracks can be addressed by placing “joints” in the area or by adding a fibrous product to it.
How Do You Measure the Strength of Concrete?
Scientists can measure the strength of concrete using compression and flexural mechanical strength tests. Tensile strength is also considered. This is the ability of concrete to resist breaking or cracking under tension. It affects the size of cracks in concrete structures and the extent to which they occur. Cracks occur when tensile forces exceed the tensile strength of the concrete. On average, strength depends on the ratio of water to cement, and the quality of the materials used in the cement.
How Is Concrete Measured?
Concrete is measured in cubic yards. To calculate the amount of concrete you need you would multiply the length by the width by the depth and divide it by 27, this would give you the cubic yards needed. If you are doing this yourself , we recommend adding 10 percent to allow for spillage. One cubic yard of concrete weighs around 4,000 pounds.
Is Concrete Always Gray?
While grey is clearly the most popular concrete color, concrete can be ordered in a vast array of different colors. Colored minerals can be added to concrete to give it a different hue. This means concrete can come in virtually any color, from red to brown to green and more.
How Long Does Concrete Take to Cure?
The entire curing period of concrete takes about a month, but your concrete will be ready for use sooner. Each project will vary slightly due to differences in the weather, concrete mix and placement and finishing techniques.
- 24 to 48 hours – after inital set, forms can be removed and people can walk on the surface
- 7 days – after partial curing, traffic from vehicles and equipment is okay
- 28 days – at this point, the concrete should be fully cured
Does Concrete Require Maintenance?
Concrete is one of the most durable building materials, but it does require occasional repair and maintenance. Problems can be caused by outside forces such as freezing water, structural problems or surface damage, which is usually caused by improper finishing methods or poorly mixed concrete.
Whatever the cause, it’s best to handle concrete problems as soon as possible. Repairs options span in a wide range, from sealing a surface to replacing an entire structure. The most common concrete slab maintenance and repairs are filling cracks and repairing surface damage. Another solution is resurfacing-covering an old surface with fresh concrete. A good surface repair can last for many years, but if there is underlying structural damage, it is only a temporary solution.