3D Printing: The Future of Concrete Structures

If you thought 3D printing was reserved for scientists who spend their time generating miniature, plastic duplicates of everyday objects – then you’re wrong. At this moment in time, given all the recent leaps forward in the field, 3D printing’s potential is beginning to look limitless as it begins to permeate a further sphere of […]

What Tools Do I Need When Finishing Concrete?

Regardless of what concrete you are laying, or whether you are an experienced concrete contractor or a novice, it’s essential that you approach the task at hand with the right tools. To honour this fact, this month, EKA concrete will be detailing just what tools you’ll need for perfect finishing, and how those tools operate. […]

5 Creative and Innovative Techniques to Use Concrete in your Home and Garden

Concrete is one of the most versatile and contemporary materials you can use to decorate your home and garden these days. With some time and creativity, you can repurpose concrete into decorative pieces or practical furniture that is completely unique and bespoke to you. You will be amazed at the wide variety of these smart […]

When should you use reinforced concrete?

Concrete has a high compressive strength, meaning that substantially heavy loads can be placed upon it without it breaking or showing any signs of fatigue. Steel is strong in a different way. It has a high tensile strength, so it can resist enormous lateral forces that would pull other materials apart. Embed steel bars into […]

What is floor screed?

Floor screed is a simple mixture of water, ordinary cement and graded aggregate (such as sharp sand) to create a smooth, hardwearing sub-floor. It usually laid to be about 75mm thick and should always be laid by a skilled professional. Depending on the premises, the screed can be covered with underlay and a decorative flooring […]

What Really Is The Difference Between Concrete And Cement

Concrete and cement are quite often spoken about as if they are the same thing, yet the two are separate construction materials. However concrete can not be made without cement and this is the main difference between the two. Cement is essentially the binder, a fine powder that when mixed with water helps combine the […]

5 impressive concrete structures from around the world

Concrete has always been a useful material, but as architecture and building design develops, it is becoming more and more the material of choice for a variety of structures and purposes. From the traditional strength of a concrete dam, to the acoustic performance of a concrete concert hall, here we discuss some of the biggest, […]

The Preservation of Historic Concrete Structures

English Heritage, the body responsible for the conservation of old England, recently released a list of 14 new buildings to be given protected status – and they’re all concrete, yes…concrete! Back in the Day For most people in the UK, when someone mentions English Heritage, historic rambling country estates, world-renowned monuments, castle ruins, and even […]

5 Tips for Pumping Concrete in Winter

Cold weather conditions can present a number of hurdles when it comes to pumping concrete. If concrete freezes in the hopper or boom, this can have a significant effect on its flow through the pipeline – causing you various problems. However, there are some simple solutions to ensure that pumping concrete during the winter season […]

Working With Damaged Concrete – Repair or Replace?

Concrete structures can be damaged or degraded by several factors, including but not limited to constant exposure to natural elements, heavy loads, salt and other corrosive substances, moisture content and poor installation. The type and extent of the damage determine the treatment plan, which most often revolves around repair or replacement. Replacing damaged concrete could prove a […]