June 2017

Ancient Roman Concrete Contractors

by TRP Ready Mix on June 21, 2017

The Romans were some of the earliest concrete contractors, using their special mix of concrete to build structures like the Coliseum.

How the Ancient Romans Used Concrete and How Their Techniques Are Used Applied Today

As skilled architects, the ancient Romans built structures that withstood the test of time, multiple earthquakes, and military invasions. Known for their remarkable structures, such as the Colosseum, Roman infrastructure was centuries ahead of its time. How’d they do it all? Their innovations in construction were the result of the Romans being expert concrete contractors for their time.

Long-Lasting Influence

To this day, researchers and builders look to ancient Roman building techniques for inspiration. Chief among these inspiring structures are Roman harbours, still standing after 2,000 years. For structures that have spent more than 2,000 years facing the constant assault of the sea, these harbours are exceptionally durable. The secret to their longevity? Ancient Roman concrete!

One of the most important structural influences from ancient times, Roman concrete influences concrete contractors to this day. As global development and populations continue to grow, concrete contractors might consider taking a tip or two from the Romans to create durable concrete mixes.

Pozzolan Concrete

Also called pozzolan (named after the Italian town of Pozzuoli), ancient Roman concrete is one of the best concretes of all time. Pozzolan is durable and withstands seawater quite well, making it ideal for maritime use. It might surprise you to learn that volcanic ash is a key ingredient behind this concrete’s success. In fact, even now, concrete mixes that use ash are typically deemed pozzolan concrete.

Roman concrete is apparently even more durable than Portland cement, the most widely used concrete today. Pozzolan is also more sustainable, as it uses less limestone and fuel, emits less carbon, and can use either volcanic ash or recycled fly-ash from coal-burning power plants.

Making Roman Concrete

The Romans mixed lime with volcanic rock to create mortar. For underwater structure, they filled wooden structures with mortar and volcanic tuff, a type of rock made from volcanic ash. The seawater created a strong cement bond by hydrating the lime and reacting with the volcanic ash in the mortar. This is also known as a calcium-aluminum-silicate-hydrate (CASH) bond.

The durability and sustainability of Roman concrete and similar modern concrete mixes makes these an viable alternative to Portland cement. With the growing demand for concrete, it makes sense to use sustainable alternatives that withstand the tests of time.

The Advantages of Using Ready Mix Concrete from a Local Provider

by TRP Ready Mix on June 8, 2017

Local readymix concrete providers

A local ready mix provider with experience and expertise can save you time and money with your construction project

When planning a concrete construction project, there are a lot of costs and factors to consider, including renting and setting up the concrete mixing equipment, mixing the batch accurately, and storing waste. That’s not all, it’s especially important to consider the time, labour, and transportation costs that will be spent on moving, mixing, and pouring the concrete.

For a cost effective and efficient solution to your next concrete construction project, consider ordering your custom-made ready mix concrete from a reliable local concrete provider. Aside from saving valuable time and labour costs, there are many other advantages to going with a local and professional ready mix provider.

CONSISTENT QUALITY

An expert ready mix provider will mix the concrete using professional equipment in a controlled setting to produce consistent quality concrete to suit your exact project needs. This reduces human error and ensures that you have the most durable concrete for your project.

SPEED UP CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Since the ready mix concrete is prepared for you, delivered to your construction site, and poured by the professionals, this will save your project valuable time and labour. You don’t have to worry about mixing, pouring, or storing leftover concrete. When choosing a local concrete provider, you can assure your ready mix concrete is delivered and poured on time.

REDUCE CEMENT CONSUMPTION

Since ready mix concrete is produced to meet specific project requirements in terms of quantity and quality, there is less cement used and wasted. Concrete providers will mix and deliver small or large batches depending on your project needs. Professional handling and proper mixing of ready mix concrete also ensures that less cement goes to waste. There is less dust pollution when using bulk cement—compared to bagged cement—so less concrete is wasted through dust as well.

By reducing cement consumption, there is less of a demand on the resources and energy used in cement production. This also helps to reduce pollution and the environmental impact of producing and wasting cement.

VERSATILE & DURABLE

Readymix concrete is custom mixed, so it can be mixed and placed to suit a variety of project uses. This ensures that the best mix is used for specific project requirements, and the consistent quality provides a strong and durable product that will last. The durability of the structure will increase the concrete service life, saving you repair and replacement costs over time.

SAVE ON COSTS

Aside from saving on future repairs, as well as time and labour costs. You can also save on equipment, storage, and your own transportation costs, while reducing noise and air pollution. Choosing a local provider that doesn’t have to transport the concrete too far can also reduce their transportation costs, fuel usage, and pollution.

No matter the size of your project or the mixture requirements, a local ready mix provider can save you time, labour, and many other costs so you can complete your project on time and with a durable concrete product.