Concrete is a sturdy and versatile material commonly used for walkways and buildings. It plays a significant role in the construction and is the leading paving material. Still, there are plenty of myths about concrete that are believed by many. Here we have tried to debunk the top seven common concrete myths.
Concrete Is Always Gray
While the natural form of concrete is gray, it doesn’t have to remain that way. Mineral colors can be mixed in them while they’re still wet to make them more colorful and attractive when hardened.
Acid Is Used To Strip Concrete Sealant
Acid can severely damage and erode concrete and should not be used to strip any sealant. A sealant stripper or solvent should be used instead.
Concrete And Cement Are The Same
People often use these terms interchangeably, but cement is an ingredient in concrete. Other concrete components include water, aggregates, paste, and additives.
The Durability of Concrete Depends On Its Compressive Strength
Compressive strength is a primary characteristic of concrete, but it is not the main determinant of its durability. Durability depends on factors that can lead to concrete breakdowns, such as freeze-thaw cycles and sulfate reactions.
Concrete Is Impermeable
Concrete is a porous material, meaning that water can pass through it in liquid and vapor forms. However, the time it takes for water to penetrate the concrete will depend on its density. For denser concrete types, it can take months for the water to seep in.
You Can Pave Concrete Year-Round
Concrete requires specific conditions to dry after pouring. Laying concrete when it’s below zero or extremely hot can prevent the mixture from hardening completely. That’s why concrete is usually installed in the spring or fall seasons.
Concrete Does Not Require Maintenance
While concrete is an incredibly durable material, regular maintenance is needed to safeguard it from damage and increase its longevity. This applies to concrete pavements and other concrete equipment like fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and concrete countertops.
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