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Today, everyone knows that concrete is one of the most important and durable materials used in construction by professionals and engineers. Due to the high compressive strength of concrete and the fact that it can be handled with little or no effort, concrete is one of the most popular materials used for construction. Concrete is an excellent material for construction because concrete has a high compression quality and can be poured according to the shape, design and size of various projects. It is strong, durable and, according to some, “flexible” material that can be molded to almost any requirement. 

Composition

In reaction with water, liquid concrete forms a solid matrix, which is responsible for bonding materials and creating a durable stone-like material. Concrete and water harden by bonding other materials together, creating what we know today as concrete. When cement and water are mixed together, they harden, binding aggregates together to form a solid mass known to us as concrete. When the water mixture is mixed, the cement and water react with each other, bonding to a hardened rock-like mass known as concrete.

In fact, concrete is just a small percentage of the actual concrete mix. To keep things simple and complete, concrete itself is a composite material made up of large and small aggregates bonded together with liquid cement. More specifically, concrete is made up of cement (heated melting of limestone and clay dust), water, sand, crushed stone or gravel, and a few other elements that contribute to compaction and appearance. Thanks to its incredible practicality and the fact that it is made from the most abundant mineral on the planet (limestone), concrete is used in construction twice as often as any other building material.

Uses

concrete is at the top on the list of the best building materials in the world. Two millennia later, concrete has taken its rightful place as a reliable structural building material. You should also be aware of its structural significance as it is the only building material used in underwater structures, as well as its remarkable ability to withstand extreme levels of heat and fire. No wonder concrete is incredibly popular; in fact, it is used more than any other material in the world, perhaps because the aggregates and water used to create concrete are available almost everywhere.

Aside from use cases on the more extreme side, concrete is widely used everyday all over the world for a variety of projects. Driveways, foundations, basketball courts, pools and more all benefit from concretes ability to complete any job it’s needed for.

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Small concrete jobs can be done by yourself in most cases, but if you’d like help from a contractor, Almand Bros should be your one-stop destination. We have been delivering high-quality construction projects in New Jersey since 1985. 

Our services include concrete and masonry installation and repair, custom stonework, basement waterproofing, grading and watershed, and snow removal services. You can call us at (856) 310-1390 to get a free estimate. You can also fill our online contact form to get in touch.