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Common Misconceptions About Concrete

Posted Feb 20, 2023 by Dave Scaturro

 Common Misconceptions About Concrete

It’s one of the most commonly used and durable materials in the world, and has been throughout history from flooring to walkways, buildings, and more! But, understanding concrete as a substance is an important first step in ensuring it performs well and maintains its durability for the long haul.

Below are a few of the most common misconceptions we hear from clients in our work with concrete:


It’s a completely solid substance

While you may not be able to see it with the naked eye, concrete is a porous substance that breathes. That means that liquids and gasses can pass through or be absorbed by it, which if contaminated before the concrete is coated can make containment challenging or even require that you start over.


It’s incredibly durable

This one is actually not a misconception, but concrete can lose its durability if it’s mixed and poured incorrectly or if it’s used for something it’s not designed for. A good contractor will be able to help you understand the right concrete mix and pour specifications as well as appropriate use cases for it.


It’s always gray

While it’s the color that is most commonly used and the one that any type of concrete will start out as, by adding minerals to the mix, the end result can be a variety of colors.


It can be poured any time of year

Though it’s a durable material, pouring concrete in extreme conditions could lead to improper hardening which can cause cracking or other issues down the line. In general, pouring concrete in the spring or fall will ensure the job is done right.


Concrete is not cement

Sure, we’re getting into semantics with this one, but cement is actually an ingredient that is part of concrete.


Our skilled contractors have over 40 years of experience working with concrete and maintain a vast understanding of its properties, characteristics, and how to ensure each job will be successful in the long term. Give us a call to discuss your next project today!

Dave Scaturro
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