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What’s the Science Behind My Concrete Walkway?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

concrete

You walk on it, your kids draw with chalk on it, maybe you’ve put your handprints in it before, but what is concrete? It’s something that we don’t think much about because we see it every day. We take concrete for granted, but have you ever considered what it’s made out of? It’s liquid at one point, and then hardens forever. How does that happen? We’re here to tell you the science behind your walkway!

You might use the words “cement” and “concrete” interchangeably. However, the two are actually very different. Cement is actually begins as a powdered material, and later becomes concrete when combined with other elements. Concrete is the hardened material that you are familiar with on your sidewalks or walkways.

So what is concrete composed of?

  1. Cement. This is actually a powdered material made up of limestone and clay that chemically reacts with water and different aggregates to form the thick liquid that is poured into place, and later hardens to become concrete.
  2. Water. This is needed to allow the cement to react in the way it’s supposed to. Water is necessary for hydration, a chemical process that bonds molecules together. This process is what makes the cement mixture harden into concrete. It is also important to control the water-to-cement ratio. For example, if the ratio of water is lower, there will be less permeability within the concrete. Less permeability, or liquidity within the cement mixture means greater strength in the final concrete product.
  3. Aggregates. Another word for aggregates is “collections”, or  “combinations”. Aggregates within concrete include sand, gravel, or crushed stone. These aggregates compose most of the concrete and are bound together by the cement and water mixture. Aggregates can be very fine, or can be large and unique, allowing for a decorative pavement. 

So now you know the basics of the composition of concrete! Next time you’re walking along the sidewalk with a friend, impress them with your newfound knowledge. If you’re looking into laying cement on your property, contact the professionals at Consolidated Coatings Incorporated. We’ll give you all the information you need about what type of concrete is best.

About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, decorative concrete, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

Source: http://matse1.matse.illinois.edu/concrete/prin.html

What is Building Waterproofing?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Building waterproofingWaterproofing a building isn’t something you’ve probably thought much about. Most people consider waterproofing things like phones, shoes, and household items, but waterproofing an entire building isn’t something most people have thought about. While you may not have spent a whole lot of time debating what goes in to waterproofing a building, it’s important that you have an idea of what it is, especially if you own a business. You’ll want to make sure that water isn’t able to leak in through a basement or any other cracks.

Building waterproofing helps keep water outside, where it belongs. In order to do this, there are a few steps that special contractors take. When buildings are first built, there are generally quite a few precautions put in place to avoid having water get in. These are more stringent in places that get a lot of rain or are particularly moist. However, sometimes water still manages to make it in and extra measures are taken to help water run off buildings.

Problems associated with water coming in include mold, humidity in the building, and in serious cases, problems with sheetrock and rotting. If you have any experience with any of these things, you know that building waterproofing is important. Sealants, irrigation systems, and facades are some of preventive measures that can be taken against water damage. You should be careful about doing any of these yourself, though as there can be serious issues if you don’t waterproof properly. You should only trust a job like this to professionals.

Consolidated Coatings Inc., Your Baltimore Waterproofing Experts

If Consolidated Coatings is working on a project for your building, rest assured that only the highest grade products will be used. All of our clients are treated with the highest level of respect.

For a full portfolio of all of the work we have completed, please visit our website here.

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Consolidated Coatings services nearby areas such as Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Howard County, Carroll County, Harford County, Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, Washington, DC., and Virginia. We are specialists in sealing, waterproofing and preserving building structures providing full service building restoration for our clients.

For more information, check out our website view our portfolio, or give us a call 410-574-6504. We would love to hear from you!

Source: What is Building Waterproofing?

Consolidated Coatings, Who Are We?

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Consolidated Coatings is a professional, well-known Maryland Painting Contractor. Consolidated Coatings Inc. has completed projects for many well-known companies in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia that reside in commercial, historic and industrial buildings alike.

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Some of the services that we offer:

  • Waterproofing
  • Professional Painting
  • EIFS / Dryvit Repair and Installation
  • Coatings
  • Caulking and Joint Sealants
  • Concrete / Masonry Repair
  • Building Restoration
  • Blasting
  • Decorative Concrete

If Consolidated Coatings is working on a project for your building, rest assured that only the highest grade products will be used. All of our clients are treated with the highest level of respect.

For a full portfolio of all of the work we have completed, please visit our website here.

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Consolidated Coatings services nearby areas such as Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Howard County, Carroll County, Harford County, Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, Washington, DC., and Virginia. We are specialists in sealing, waterproofing and preserving building structures providing full service building restoration for our clients.

For more information, check out our website view our portfolio, or give us a call 410-574-6504. We would love to hear from you!