Long-Lasting Concrete In Ottawa
by TRP Ready Mix on November 16, 2016
These Handy Tips Will Help You Keep Your Concrete Looking Good As New
Concrete floors, walkways, and patios are great additions to any Ottawa home, providing long-lasting high-quality features. Concrete in Ottawa is a great low-maintenance material. Low-maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance, though!
While the material is highly durable, it is still susceptible to wear and tear. Maintaining long-lasting concrete features can be tricky if you’re unsure of where to start—but thankfully, we’ve got a few tips to keep your concrete surfaces looking great for years to come.
Keep It Clean
Accumulated dirt and debris on the surface of concrete doesn’t just make it look shabby, it can actually cause it to wear down too. Like other materials, when dirt is allowed to settle into the surface, it eventually starts to weaken the material itself. With a good monthly clean, concrete will remain durable and continue to look fresh and new.
Keep It Sealed
After concrete is first set, it is important to finish it with a sealant. While concrete is a naturally strong material, it is still susceptible to the elements.
Adding a sealant helps prevent weather damage that will wear out your concrete surfaces. Adding a sealant also keeps excess moisture, dirt, and debris out, preventing unsightly cracks from forming.
Keep It Together
Small cracks here and there on your concrete surface may not bother you, but left unattended, small cracks can become unsightly gaps. It is much easier to fill and repair small cracks before they grow into extensive cracking.
Cracks also provide an entry point for moisture, dirt, and plant life, which will further wear down concrete surfaces. By up keeping basic maintenance such as this, you can extend the lifespan of this great material.
Keeping anything looking like new requires a little work on your part. Maintaining your concrete will help keep it look great and ensure it lasts. Concrete in Ottawa homes is in an investment, and like any investment it requires care and maintenance. Concrete is a strong, long lasting material – but it needs your help to stay that way.
7 Surprising Concrete Uses
by TRP Ready Mix on November 4, 2016
When It Comes To Concrete, Anything’s Possible
When it comes to concrete, Ottawa property owners aren’t limited to using it as a building material. Concrete’s come a long way from being just a drab construction material. These days, it’s just as common to find concrete in the kitchen, the living room, and even in a beautiful piece of jewelry.
In fact, it might surprise you exactly what sort of things are being made out of concrete these days:
Insulating concrete forms are a fantastic way to provide durable and efficient insulation to a home. Using rigid insulation materials as a structure connected with metal rods, these forms are set up as blocks before being filled with concrete. The concrete adds strength to the forms and also significantly improves on insulation ratings.
Marble countertops are certainly a beautiful addition to any kitchen, but poured concrete countertops are becoming more and more common, especially in Ottawa homes. Concrete countertops are available in a huge number of colours, shades, and finishes. Best of all, they can be poured to your exacting specifications, giving you a one-of-a-kind countertop that’ll catch the eye and start a conversation
Sinks And Tubs
Concrete sinks and tubs can be customized to your exact preferences, making them a versatile and more functional alternative to traditional claw-foot soaker tubs and run-of-the-mill sinks. Concrete’s durability make it a fantastic material for sinks and tubs, as it will easily last over the years and can handle the volume of water. Plus, the modern look of concrete is a great fit for Ottawa’s design-conscious homeowners.
Believe it or not, some jewellers are incorporating the clean, bold look of concrete into their work. Some pieces are strictly poured, polished, and treated concrete, while others mix silver, gold, and steel elements with concrete to create bold and eye-catching designs. That’s not to say all pieces are ultra-modern; there are plenty of traditional looks available, even with non-traditional concrete materials.
In all likelihood, you’ve seen some of these uses before: concrete vases, plant holders, and similar pieces are common in many homes. Designers are pushing the envelope of what can be made with concrete, though, meaning it’s just as likely you’ll find minimalist concrete drawer pulls and drawer handles as you will a bold concrete vase.
RWTH Aachen University in Germany has a concrete building with a surprising feature: as the sun goes down, the gray concrete walls of the building’s façade will light up in a colourful mosaic. Each concrete panel is translucent and has a number of LEDs that can be controlled to provide over 16 million different colour variations. Translucent concrete like this is becoming a more common option to add stunning lighting to otherwise drab building façades.
Docks And Boats
Concrete can’t float—or can it? Recreational concrete docks are becoming more and more common as a durable alternative to wood, floating just like their wooden counterparts. And if you think concrete boats are a wild engineer’s dream, think again—concrete ships were built for the Second World War but weren’t completed in time, and concrete river barges were extremely common in 19th-century Europe. Concrete hulls are a common feature on many private watercraft, too.
These are just a few of the most surprising uses of concrete, and as more and more people begin to experiment with this material, no doubt we’ll see more amazing, outstanding, and innovative uses of this great material.