Concrete Sound Barriers: A Solution to Disruptive City Noise
by TRP Ready Mix on September 21, 2017
How Concrete Walls Prevent Noise Pollution from Entering Your Home
Noise pollution disrupts people’s lives in more ways than one. Since constant loud noises from outside usually cause frustration, restlessness, and loss of sleep, this can compromise both our physical and mental health. Noise pollution can also harm residents’ livelihoods, from disrupting day-to-day activities to preventing people from working at home or studying.
Noise pollution comes from anything outside the home that emits a noise loud enough to be heard indoors. The most common causes of noise include:
- High-volume traffic—busy roads and highways;
- Construction sites;
- School zones; and,
- Venues with large crowds and loud music.
While noise is a part of city life, you shouldn’t have to constantly suffer from this disruption. If you’re tired and frustrated from the noise pollution, there is one solution that doesn’t require having to move to a new home. If noise is severely affecting your quality of life, consider contacting concrete suppliers to help you build concrete sound walls around your property. Here’s how these sound barriers can reduce the level of noise entering your home and let you live a normal noise- and stress-free life.
How Sound Penetrates
Sound waves from outside noise can easily penetrate thin, uncompressed objects, such as your home’s drywall. Sound waves also travel in the line of sight—meaning if you can see a busy road from your home, the sound waves from traffic will travel to your home. The intensity of sound waves (loudness) is measured in decibels (dB), with higher levels being stronger and requiring more noise protection.
Pre-cast concrete sound walls are thick, dense barriers that sound waves cannot easily pass through. The high mass of concrete reduces noise by up to 80 percent. This is especially useful for homes with wood- or steel-frame construction—which tend to be more permeable to sound waves.
How Concrete Sound Walls Work
Concrete suppliers and contractors will normally install these sound barriers in the line of sight from the main source of noise to block sound waves from reaching homes. The height and thickness of these walls will determine how effective the walls are for reducing specific levels of noise. So, if you have loud high-volume traffic near your home (such as a highway), you should use a sound wall of greater density to effectively prevent the higher level of noise from reaching your home. And if your top-floor rooms can see the traffic (in the line of sight for sound waves), consider building a wall that will obstruct this view (if permitted) to reduce as much noise as possible.
What to Look For
Before you order pre-cast concrete sound walls from your local concrete suppliers, gather the following information to help you build the most effective sound walls for your home:
- The maximum height permitted by your city/municipal building codes;
- The level of decibels reduction you want/need – this will depend on the level of noise reaching your home;
- The thickness of the walls—the thicker the walls, the greater the noise reduction, but the higher the price;
- The design of the sound barrier—avoid walls with any holes in the design since holes allow noise to pass through.
If noise pollution is disrupting your life, consider the difference these sound walls can make. Contact concrete suppliers for help with building concrete sound barriers. With these barriers around your home, you can sleep better and improve your overall quality of life in a more peaceful environment.
6 Advantages of Ready Mixed Concrete
by TRP Ready Mix on September 4, 2017
Why Ready Mixed Concrete is the Preferred Concrete Product
There is no other concrete product that compares to ready mixed concrete with regards to convenience. Ready mixed concrete knows no project too large or too small. It can be prepared to suit specific project needs in terms of quantity and quality so you never have to worry about wasted concrete again. Here are some other reasons why ready mixed concrete is one of a construction crew’s best friends.
1. Consistent Quality
Ready mixed concrete suppliers mix the concrete in a controlled environment with computers to reduce human error and ensure consistent quality with each batch. Each mixture uses a measured amount of aggregates and admixtures to create the ideal concrete for your job. You won’t have to worry about any mistakes that could compromise the quality and strength of the concrete in the mixing process.
2. Save Time
Since ready mixed concrete suppliers mix the concrete to order and deliver it to your construction site, you can save a significant amount of time on your construction projects. Fast deliveries and professional pours mean you can get on with your project without wasting time setting up, mixing, cleaning, and dismantling concrete-mixing equipment.
3. Reduce Cement Consumption
Professional mixing and handling, while producing the ready mix concrete to order, means less waste and overall less cement consumption. This has positive environmental impacts since the production process uses less resources and energy, and emits less pollution.
You can order ready mixed concrete to suit a variety of project needs. Each batch is custom ordered for specific compressive strength needs and uses, mixed with specific admixtures and materials to give you the best and most consistent quality of concrete.
5. Reduce Pollution
Concrete production is a noisy affair. By having your concrete mixed offsite, you won’t have to worry about bothering the neighbourhood with noise and air pollution. And during the production process, less fuel will be used and there will be less dust pollution since the concrete uses bulk cement instead of bagged cement.
Ready mixed concrete is by far the most convenient way to get the desired amount of concrete for your project. Since the supplier does all of the work for you, you can save time and money, and you won’t have to worry about the mess.
Although ready mixed concrete has many advantages, it is important to plan accordingly to make the most out of this convenient product. Since the suppliers mix the concrete offsite, you have to take mixing and delivery time into consideration with your project schedule. Also plan ahead for the placement of the concrete with your supplier so you don’t waste any time upon delivery.
If you want an easy, stress-free concrete placement, ready mixed concrete is the answer. This convenient, cost-effective, and time-saving product is certainly worth getting on board with for any concrete project, large or small.
The Latest Developments in Concrete Construction
by TRP Ready Mix on September 1, 2017
A Look at 5 Greener Technologies Used by Concrete Contractors
Like many developing industries, concrete contractors are always looking for ways to improve performance and productivity while reducing their negative effects on the environment. Some of the latest developments in concrete construction and technologies have strived to put productivity and the environment first. From fast-drying concrete to roofing tiles that improving air quality, these innovative concrete products are making headway for a cleaner and more productive concrete industry.
1. Rapid-Drying Concrete
Concrete contractors are using a ready-mix concrete formula that significantly reduces the drying time for concrete. This concrete prevents moisture-caused flooring failures with the following characteristics:
- Low permeability;
- Rapid drying time;
- A high early strength; and,
- An appropriate compressive strength for specific projects.
This fast-drying concrete reduces the typical drying time from four months to 21 days for large projects. By speeding up the concrete drying time, this rapid-drying concrete allows concrete contractors to complete projects more efficiently, within budget, and on schedule.
2. Green Concrete Mixes
The concrete industry is using greener alternatives to Portland cement—which is the most widely-used concrete, but also the most harmful to the environment. Green concrete mixes replace a significant portion of Portland cement (around 70%) needed in concrete mixes with:
- Recycled materials;
- Non-cementitious fillers; and,
- Specialized admixtures.
The result is a more environmentally-friendly concrete that has excellent energy performance and appropriate compressive strength. This concrete reduces fossil fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, acid rain, water consumption, and the production of solid waste.
Hemp is a durable plant that has found its place in concrete production. Hempcrete combines the wood core of industrial hemp (hemp shiv) with a lime-based binder to create this high-energy performance composite. The hemp plant captures carbon as it grows, therefore, the CO2 remains sequestered in the Hempcrete composite thereby reducing its CO2 footprint.
- Good thermal insulation;
- Thermal inertia;
- Various designs and construction uses, such as application to timber-framed structures; and,
- Factory-made panels to avoid drying time for both low-rise and large-scale buildings.
4. Smog-Eating Concrete Roof Tiles
These concrete roof tiles use bonded titanium dioxide to remove nitrogen oxides from the atmosphere. Nitrogen oxides are emitted from vehicles and contribute to smog that reduces air quality and harms the environment. The chemical reaction of the titanium dioxide oxidizing with nitrogen oxides creates a harmless precipitate that washes away with the rain.
Their environmental benefits include:
- High emissivity;
- High thermal mass;
- Insulating air space between tiles and roof decks; and,
- Tiles are recycled for use in new projects like structures or roadways after their service life.
These roof tiles also break down organic substances with UV light, including mold and algae that typically grow on roofs. The tiles reduce the urban heat island effect with high-energy performance.
5. Fast-Curing Polyaspartic Coatings
Polyaspartic coatings allow for an increase in concrete construction productivity without limiting performance or durability. These coatings use raw materials allowing contractors to apply them to both concrete and metal surfaces. These coatings can be applied in temperatures as low as -10°C as well as humid environments allowing for an extended construction season. Along with the prevention of damage from abrasion, chemical spills, and ultraviolet light, other benefits of polyaspartic coatings include:
- Low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions – such as carbons;
- Easy to clean and can be applied over stains;
- High color stability;
- Rapid curing time—from start to finish, the job is completed in an eight-hour workday; and,
- Can be used for a variety of commercial concrete flooring projects.
With these cleaner concrete products, concrete contractors can develop roads, buildings, and entire city infrastructures quickly and thoroughly while reducing the negative effects on the environment. These innovative products also expedite project times and improve productivity to allow contractors to complete more projects efficiently for the benefit of both the clients and their concrete companies.