Why is precast concrete so popular here in Central Florida? Their beautiful designs and colors, durability, need virtually no maintenance, and stands up to our harsh environment. They can be used for boundary walls, fences, Hardscapes, and retaining walls, their seamless solid panels provide structural strength and security.
Science With Kids offers some great facts about concrete:
Since concrete can be poured into place as a liquid, but hardens to resemble a material like natural rock, it makes a perfect building material. In fact, concrete is the most used material in the world, in terms of volume. Find out more facts about concrete including the history of how concrete was discovered and some of the ways concrete is used throughout the world.
The Romans built the Pantheon using concrete. The dome on the Pantheon is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.
Concrete has a high compressive strength. Strengths up to 20,000 psi is possible, but strength from 3000 to 7000 psi are more economical and more commonly used.
Reinforced concrete has high resistance to fire and water. Concrete is the only one of the materials used for underground structures such as dams and submerged bridge piers.
Concrete is easily shaped. Curved pieces or ornamental pieces are possible because concrete is poured and cast.
Over 2 billion tons of cement is produced each year.
Concrete is also used for high rise buildings. The Trump International Hotel and Tower is the largest concrete structure in the world. This 98 story building is over 1378 feet tall.
Concrete is one of the only materials that is economical to building footings, basement walls and piers.
For centuries, concrete has been very popular for its durability and versatility. It is also environmentally friendly, affordable, and has a reduced installation time, which is why so many new construction, businesses and homeowners are taking advantage of this material