Why Contractors Should Consider Concrete for Architectural Finishing

Posted on: 8 January 2018

There is no ignoring the advantages of using concrete as a building material. Other than providing superior structural strength and durability to other building materials, concrete is resistant to mould, mildew, and fire. Notably, concrete can also be used by contractors as an architectural finishing material. Although there are various architectural finishing options that contractors can choose from, concrete has its unique advantages. Most importantly, contractors cannot go wrong by selecting concrete because it offers both structural and architectural benefits. This article highlights some advantages of using concrete as a finishing material.

Lean Inventory and Haul -- One of the hardest jobs for contractors is keeping an inventory of all construction materials. From all manner of tools to different building and finishing materials, keeping track of all inputs requires a keen eye because any mistake could affect the overall cost and schedule of a project. Using concrete as a finishing material is one-way contractors can lessen the number of materials they have to keep in inventory. Notably, instead of adding other finishing components such as marble or terrazzo, you could use the same concrete that is used in construction to achieve an excellent finish. Additionally, contractors would haul fewer materials to the work site thereby saving time and labour.

Variety of High-Performance Design Mixtures -- When it comes to design mixtures, concrete finishes are continually being improved upon and availed to contractors for application in projects. For instance, there is a particular concrete mixture that allows for self-levelling and which has an overlay that can be polished. Other concrete finishing mixture designs resemble textured wood. Such versatility permits contractors an opportunity to choose unique finishes that are made from the same material. Overall, the technology that goes into improving concrete finishing mixtures facilitates contractors that want different textures or colours without using other materials other than concrete. Such contractors become more differentiated and competitive while managing the cost of inputs at the same time.

Unrestricted Application -- When using various finishing materials on concrete, it is required that the finishing is applied when the concrete has hardened. While this is standard practice, there is an amount of time that is lost as builders wait for the concrete to set. The time could be salvaged by using concrete surface finishing, which can be applied while the cement is still wet. Therefore, contractors do not have to wait for long before applying concrete surface finishes, which saves time and fast-tracks overall project completion time.


Laying Fresh Concrete

If you need to lay some fresh concrete, you are in the right place. Laying fresh concrete can be a real challenge. Not only do you need to make sure it pours into the right place, you also need to work quickly to smooth it over before it sets and becomes solid. When I decided to concrete my drive, I was really worried that I would mess it up. Thankfully, I had the support of my brother Victor who is a concrete expert. He demonstrated exactly what I needed to do and I am really pleased with the results. I hope this blog helps you with your concreting project.


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