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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

How Concrete Can Benefit the Energy Efficiency of Buildings

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Energy efficiency is a global focus and is becoming more and more important as time goes on. We are always looking for new ways to be as efficient as possible in just about every aspect of day-to-day life and the construction industry can be integral to this. However, we don’t need to look towards a … Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Site For Ready Mix Concrete

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Ready mix concrete brings a number of benefits to many projects; from large scale sites to DIY home jobs, choosing ready mix concrete is often the way to go. No matter what your project, if you’re going to be using ready mix concrete, you’ll have to make some vital preparations. This month, we’re taking a … Continue reading

Volumetric Concrete: How Can You Benefit?

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When you need concrete for your project – no matter the scale – it’s important to choose the most efficient, cost effective and hassle free concrete mix available so that your project remains in budget and isn’t hampered by bothersome logistics. Here at EKA Concrete, we believe that volumetric mixed concrete proves the most beneficial … Continue reading