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What Tools Do I Need When Finishing Concrete?

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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. … Continue reading

Top tips for converting a basement

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If you’re looking to add an extra room to the house without the cost of an extension or loft conversion, a basement conversion could be just the right solution for you. Homes with a pre-existing basement or cellar are the perfect opportunity to gain extra living space and could add up to 20-30% on the … Continue reading

Types of concrete finishes and how to achieve them

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This month we’re shining a light on the various finishes available for your concrete and how to achieve them. If you’re laying concrete that will be viewable – either as a floor or as a driveway – why settle for a boring grey slab when there are so many options available for interesting textures and … Continue reading

Causes, Identification and Prevention of Alkali-Silica Reaction

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Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR) is a cause of cracking and serious expansion in concrete. It is a rare occurrence but understanding how to identify the problem can help avoid it in the first place and save having to seal or replace concrete that has already been poured. Sourcing your concrete from an experienced supplier with … Continue reading

Top tips for laying a shed base

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Whether you are looking to build a standard shed or an outdoor man cave, readymix concrete is ideal for laying a simple concrete foundation. Readymix concrete is used in the construction of footings and foundations for houses, so it is equally suited for smaller outdoor buildings. For easy pouring and quick results, there is nothing … Continue reading

When should you use reinforced concrete?

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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 … Continue reading

Concrete crazing: identification, prevention and repair

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Laying concrete for a patio, garage or garden path can be a simple and rewarding job. It is only when problems like concrete crazing arise that this easy-going construction material can cause headaches. If your concrete has small hairline cracks, typically arranged in polygon patterns, this is known as ‘crazing’ and is caused by the … Continue reading

How to Avoid Concrete Blowholes

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Whatever concrete project you’re working on, it can be frustrating to find that, after all your hard work, the surface is riddled with small blowholes. These blemishes can ruin the decorative quality of your concrete, and it’s always best to prevent them entirely instead of trying to repair them at a later date. In this … Continue reading

Factors to Consider When Using Concrete in Freezing Temperatures

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The cold winter weather will be with us for a few months longer, so if you plan to be working with concrete at all this season, you’ll have the extra pressure of freezing temperatures to contend with. Although this can prove difficult for any commercial or domestic project, there are some steps you can take … Continue reading

Best Practices for Pouring Concrete in Cold Weather

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Pouring concrete in the cold weather can cause severe complications, and if you haven’t taken the necessary precautions then you could end up with concrete that is unusable. As the winter draws ever nearer, it pays to be aware of the effects that colder temperatures have on concrete. This month, we’re taking a look at … Continue reading