Concrete offers several benefits when compared to other materials in the construction of buildings and other structures, which is why it is one of the most widely used construction materials in both commercial and residential construction. It is the primary product used for residential foundations, basement and garage floors, driveways, sidewalks, porches, and patios. Following are just a few of the benefits of using concrete for your next project.
Strong, Durable, & Resilient
Concrete lasts years, even decades longer than other building materials. While other materials erode, concrete actually gets stronger over time. It is resistant to fire, water, and wind; and it doesn’t burn, rust, or rot.
Low Maintenance & Economical
Concrete requires less maintenance than other materials, and as mentioned above, lasts years longer than other materials, resulting in a much lower cost over its lifetime.
Concrete has the lowest carbon footprint and is emission-free. It is also energy-efficient, only requiring one-third the energy to construct, maintain, and rehabilitate as compared to asphalt pavement. Additionally, it is 100% recyclable, and is often recycled to be used as as sub-base material for parking lots, roadbeds, etc. Finally, because concrete is produced locally, it requires less fuel to transport to its destination.
The ingredients used to make concrete are cement, aggregate, and water, all of which are abundant in supply and sourced locally, typically within 100 miles of the project site. This reduces transportation costs, and contributes to local economic growth.
Although the resultant product of concrete is strong, durable, and hard, when concrete is first mixed, it is in a liquid and flowable state. This makes concrete very versatile and able to be formed into just about any desired shape at time of construction.