Did you know that there are over 24 different types of Concrete pumping website?

You may have just thought there was one type of concrete. So when do you use the different concrete types? What are the differences between them and what are the various uses?

Keep reading and we’ll tell you all about the different types!

Normal Strength Concrete

This type of concrete has all of the basics that go into concrete: Concrete, sand, and aggregate. It has a 1:2:4 ratio, which makes it normal strength.

This concrete can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half to set depending on the weather conditions where it is.

Plain Concrete

This concrete also has a 1:2:4 ratio like that of normal strength concrete. This is the type of concrete that can create pavement or buildings that don’t need a ton of strength as well as dam construction.

Keep in mind that this type of concrete does not stand up well to vibrations or wind.

Reinforced Concrete

This form of concrete is widely used in modern construction projects. The strength of reinforced concrete is aided by placing other items other than just concrete. These items are wires, steel rods, or cables before it sets.

A lot of times, this can prevent cracking in sidewalks over time.

Because the extra items in the concrete bind to it, it creates a strong bond. This strong bond makes it much harder for it to become structurally damaged, hence the name of reinforced concrete.

Lightweight Concrete 

Lightweight concrete is any concrete that has a density of less than 1920kg/m3. The most important reason for lightweight concrete is that it has low thermal conductivity.

Lightweight concrete is commonly used to make long-spanning bridge decks and building blocks to larger projects. It can also be used to protect steel structures.

Decorative Concrete

Decorative concrete creates aesthetically pleasing concrete mixes. They have to go through multiple process before it is finished, such as:

  • Coloring
  • Molding
  • Polishing
  • Etching
  • Applying decorative toppings

Using decorative concrete is a great idea when you want to make it look “prettier” than just plain concrete. This can be in a driveway of a home or in a swimming pool. It can also be laid in the center of a town square for a more aesthetically pleasing look.

Smart Concrete

Smart concrete is one that will be the future of concrete.

Short carbon fibers mix with the concrete using a conventional concrete mixer that makes it stronger if it encounters any type of strain. This kind of concrete can be used to detect possible problems before the failure of the concrete (which would come in handy for many applications).

Types of Concrete

Now you know the different types of concrete that you can use for your projects! You know when to use them and what they are best used for.

If you want to know more information like this, you can look at some other blogs on our site! Happy reading!