Interesting facts about concrete

Most of us think about concrete as an unattractive, ugly looking construction material. But it is actually an amazing material that is being used largely these days in residential and commercial constructions.

Here are some interesting facts about concrete that will change you perception about it.

Concrete is popularly called as cement but the truth is that cement is only a part of the whole composition of concrete. Concrete is made up of sand, cement, aggregate and water and other additives. Cement acts as adhesive and holds everything else in place.

Concrete is a man-made material and for cutting concrete, strong concrete cutter is needed. It is one of the most commonly used man made materials on the planet. According to stats, approximately 6 billion cubic meters of concrete is made and consumed every year.

Concrete is available in many styles, designs, and colours. Coloured concrete is being used increasingly these days for making driveways, patios, and other beautiful elements in homes and buildings.

Concrete is extremely hard and durable which makes it ideal to be used in construction of highways, dams, and bridges.

China has recently finished the construction of the largest dam in the world. The dam is made out of concrete. China consumes 40% of the concrete produced in the world. Many other developing nations and cities across the world are using concrete in developing their infrastructure projects.

Concrete and wood are real enemies. Concrete is caustic in nature and therefore attacks wood and destroys it completely.

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