The top three considerations when planning a new facility are cost, durability, and appearance. Every professional construction company knows there are many materials that meet the highest standards of each consideration, but none stands out like concrete.
Concrete is one of the best building materials available. Quite simply, it the most versatile building material on earth. It is so integral to our communities because it is the only building material that cost-effectively delivers so many benefits. Here are just some of the advantages to building with superb material:
Low Carbon Footprint
New industry innovations contribute to making concrete the lowest carbon footprint building material over the lifecycle of a structure made with it. In addition, it has complete recyclability. New concrete can be recycled from old, but it can even be made by using other industrial waste materials as an aggregate. This reduces the amount of industrial waste in the environment and it also makes it even stronger. Concrete is totally sustainable.
Concrete is the strongest of the building materials. A structure will last decades longer than those with alternative building materials. Not only will it last longer, but it will also last better longer. Over time it will not weaken. In fact, this is one material that will become stronger over time.
Concrete is a building material that doesn’t burn, rust or rot. It is heat and fire resistant. It will withstand water, vibrations, extreme weather, tornadoes, and even earthquakes. In fact, it has been proven to be the most durable building material in a natural disaster.
These durability factors also mean that concrete is safe. Concrete buildings protect occupants from fire and other natural disasters. It also provides excellent air quality. It does not allow the entry of airborne pollutants or allergens.
Concrete acts to reflect and absorb sound waves. It is an effective barrier for noise. This allows occupants of cement buildings to have privacy. It also means these occupants do not have to be disturbed by outside or neighbor noise.
Concrete stores energy. It helps to moderate interior building temperatures in buildings. The building will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This means lower utility bills! In addition, the process for producing this building material is 3-10 times more energy efficient as compared to producing steel.
While strong and functional when hardened, concrete’s plasticity when freshly mixed lets designers adapt it to whatever form, shape, surface, and texture they can imagine. It can allow your designers full creativity! Using this versatile material, designers and builders can create not only a strong structure, but a beautiful and artistic one.
Buildings constructed with concrete can easily be repurposed. Businesses can easily convert to various occupancy types for their building during its lifetime. This allows buildings to be reused rather than to sit empty or to be torn down and replaced.
Concrete is diverse! It may be hand applied, poured, pumped, sprayed, grouted or used for other more advanced applications. There are also many different kinds that have different functions and applications.
Concrete can withstand water without any serious deterioration. It will not rust and will not break down. This makes it ideal for pipelines, canals, dams, and waterfront structures.
Concrete is a totally inert substance when cured. This makes concrete literally emission-free. It will not emit any gas, toxic compounds or volatile organic compounds into your building.
Concrete is extremely cost effective. Production cost is low. Due to its durability and strength, you will save in maintenance costs. It is energy efficient and will save you in utilities, too. Insurance cost for concrete buildings is significantly lower. Finally, because it lasts so long, there are fewer replacement costs like with other building materials.
Because the materials needed to make concrete can be found abundantly just about anywhere on the planet, you can have it locally made and it will typically be close to your building site. Not only will this be cost effective it will also be a contribution to the local community’s economy.
As you can see, there are many great advantages to using concrete in your building project. Working with an experienced construction team can help you optimize every advantage. In fact, this hard-working product is the most widely used building material in the world because of the many benefits it offers.
At SCS Construction, we can help you meet all your goals with concrete! We are happy to help you plan your next project! Call us at 317-272-0129.
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