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Benefits of Using Concrete for Your Custom Built Home

Are you looking for the best material to build your dream home with? Using concrete in your project will offer you and your family some incredible benefits ranging from amazing durability to noise control for more peaceful evenings. Keep reading to learn some of the best reasons to use concrete for your home.

Energy Efficient

When it comes to keeping your energy costs low, concrete is one of the best ways to guarantee results. Because of the tight seals at the joints, your home will maintain its interior temperature, while keeping the outside temperatures at bay.

Modern concrete living room.
Modern concrete living room.

Incredibly Durable

Should you choose to build with concrete, you can expect your home to last longer than the average frame home. Because concrete homes don’t hold insects or rot, they are much more durable. So, if you want to keep your home preserved, concrete is the way to go.

Excellent Noise Control

Did you know that concrete is useful when dealing with noise control? If you value a quiet home or want to keep the road noise outside, concrete is the way to go.

Amazing Temperature Control

Not only are concrete homes more energy efficient than their frame built cousins, but, because of their sealed nature, they give you better control over your home’s temperature. Enjoy a cool summer inside or a warm winter without a draft to mess with the temperatures in your home.

Construction workers pouring concrete.
Construction workers pouring concrete.

Eco-Friendly

If the previous reasons weren’t enough to convince you to choose concrete for your home, consider the fact that concrete homes are also amazingly eco-friendly. Because they require less energy to heat and cool as well as require fewer lumber products during construction, these concrete beauties are a great choice for those looking for a comfortable living environment that’s also good for the environment.

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking for a home that’ll last for years or want something that will save you money on energy bills, concrete homes will be the best choice for these reasons and many more. Legacy Concrete Works DBA Legacy Waste Services will help you craft your perfect concrete home with our contractors.

The History of Roman Concrete

In the modern age, we can take advanced construction for granted and think things have always been that way. Today we’re going to take you on a trip back to the time of Ancient Rome. The Romans are well known for their construction miracles, but how did they do it. They had a secret weapon in their building arsenal. Today we’re going to tell you about the history of Roman concrete; their secret weapon for building the monuments that still stand today.

What is it?

Roman Concrete is unlike any other building material in the ancient world. It combines volcanic ash from the mountains of Italy and mixes it with quicklime and gypsum. The combination is then churned like any other concrete would and is ready to be made into bricks, tiles, and much more. Unlike other forms of concrete that tend to break down after time, Roman Concrete still holds up today.

Why They Made It?

Concrete was not a new invention by the time Rome came to prominence. So why was Roman Concrete made differently and what purpose did it serve? No one is entirely sure how the process first got started, but its function went far beyond its famous stability. Italy is a region prone to earthquakes and the ancient civilizations often struggled with that reality. Roman Concrete seems to have been designing specifically to deal with this problem. The concrete is able to shift and move with the seismic waves without cracking under the pressure.

The Future of Roman Concrete

Roman Concrete has started to gain popularity and is being reexamined in the modern day. Concrete and construction companies have started to take advantage of this ancient concrete method. Its durability, sustainability, and cheap production are giving rise to Roman Concrete’s comeback!

Legacy Concrete Works, LLC are the experts in concrete. Just like the ancient concrete makers of the Roman Empire, we’re creating concrete solutions that are built to last. Give us a call and let’s get your building needs taken care of!

Cleaning Polished Concrete Floors

Concrete floors can really make a statement. A very modern and clean floor throughout your home is sure to stun your guests the second they step through the door. In order to fully deliver this wow factor, proper cleaning procedures must be followed. Follow along with this blog to get some insight on how to best clean your polished concrete floors!

Material

Material, material, material! We can’t say it enough. From start to finish, the material you use to clean your polished concrete makes all the difference. Many times when people ask where their polished shine went, the wrong scrubbing and cleaning instrument was used. In order to avoid prematurely stripping your concrete of its shine, we suggest using soft and gentle materials. A microfiber pad or wash cloth are best. And no, you don’t have to get on your hands and knees to scrub; a nice and easy mopping-like action is good enough!

Timing

It is crucial that your timing is impeccable when it comes to regular or even unscheduled washes. When something spills and potentially stains your concrete, washing as soon as possible is your only hope. Outside of accidents, it’s best to set aside time to clean regularly. If you don’t already have a set cleaning schedule, we challenge you to make one! Not only will your floors thank you but the rest of your house will too! If the thought of scheduled cleanings seems daunting, break it down! We suggest creating a set pattern that will help guide you through which areas of your floor are cleaned first.

Cleaning Solution

There are so many different cleaning solutions that are marketed on a daily basis. With this rise in advertisement, it can be hard to know which solution is the best to throw onto your floors! While we don’t have anything specifically to suggest, we do have some tips. A cleaner that has a neutral PH is going to be best for your polished floors. And while it may seem like soaking your floors in a cleaner is a great idea, it’s not. Make sure you never allow your cleaning solution to dry onto the concrete surface. At the end of the day, it is important to note that polish doesn’t last forever. We recommend getting your concrete floors polished every two years in order to keep them nice and shiny!

Conclusion

Polished concrete floors that are properly taken care of are sure to be show stoppers. When you make the switch to concrete floors, it’s imperative that you know the best way to care for them. For more tips, tricks, or concrete services you can head on over to the Legacy Concrete Works, LLC website!

Early Concrete Structures

The timeline for concrete dates all the way back to 12 million B.C. when limestone and oil shale first mixed together, a combustion that produced cement compounds. From then on, Egyptians and Romans used different elements to create cementitious materials and build imposing, iconic structures. Modern concrete differs from early concrete, but some of the same elements are present in both. Architectures have evolved, and so have the ways in which we utilize the materials to build them. In our blog, we’re going to take a step back and look at some early concrete structures and their compositions.

Nabataea

In 6500 B.C., Nabataea traders built the first concrete-like structures in regions of southern Syria and northern Jordan. They discovered hydraulic lime, which is cement that hardens underwater, and by 700 B.C., they built kilns to supply mortar to aid in the construction of underground cisterns and houses. They also used the same kilns that made pottery due to similar temperatures. The territory in which they lived allowed them to transform silica, which had groundwater seeping through, into a pozzolan material. Coupled with lime, they were able to produce cement for homes and floors.

Pyramids

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Pyramid complex, built in 2580-2560 B.C. When one thinks of Egypt, the pyramids are the most iconic works of architecture that come to mind. Most people know that the pyramids were built from limestone, but gypsum and mortar were also involved. The Great Pyramid of Giza required about 500,000 tons of mortar. The cement binding was believed to be either silicon dioxide or a calcium and magnesium-rich silicate mineral, according to Professor Michel Barsoum from Drexel University. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and has remained the most intact among the others.

Pantheon

One of the most famous ancient monuments is the Pantheon, built by the Romans. It is unknown as to who designed the monument, but it was completed around 126-128 A.D. during Emperor Hadrian’s reign. Because natural pozzolan had already been discovered, the Romans used it in addition to animal fat, milk, and blood. The Pantheon’s exterior foundation walls are made up of pozzolana cement – a mixture of lime, reactive volcanic sand, and water. The dome is supported by thick, concrete pillars created by parts of the exterior walls. Because of this, the Pantheon has remained intact all these millennia.

Conclusion

Looking back on these early concrete structures, we see the possibility that many of the materials used back then are still present in today’s construction work. The foundation is there, but we’ve incorporated different mixtures to ensure the structure stays intact and appealing for the modern period. That said, we can’t help but look in awe at the ancient monuments and wonder how the architects of that time accomplished such a historical feat.

How the Color of Concrete Makes a Difference

Did you know that the color of roads can make a big difference in the temperature in and around your home? Much like how a black car or a black t-shirt retains more heat from the sun, the same has been found to be the case in roads and highways.

Needless to say, something must be done to protect ourselves against the threat of climate change, and there’s been a breakthrough in dealing with this problem – paint it white.

Keeping the Roads Cool

In order to deal with record-breaking temperatures as of late (as anyone who managed to endure this past summer can tell you), state and local transportation departments are starting to paint black asphalt roads with a white reflective coating. This has been proven to reduce road temperatures significantly, and as a result, more and more government officials are seeing the important contrast this relatively straightforward modification provides.

The Urban Heat Island Effect

Urban environments tend to lack trees and roads are paved with black asphalt (which retains heat, as we mentioned previously). People living in the city have to put up with higher mercury levels that average a few degrees more than surrounding areas. This is what’s called the “urban heat island effect.”

As you can imagine, when there’s a heat wave going on, even a few degrees can make a huge difference, turning an uncomfortable day into a public health crisis. Conditions such as heat exhaustion become far more commonplace, so taking initiatives such as this one can be crucial.

Conclusion

Not only does having a road coated in white or gray paint reduce the heat coming off of the pavement, but it will also help city residents save money during the summer since they don’t have to rely so heavily on their air conditioners to stay cool.

This is admittedly a small contribution to the problem, but by applying the same type of reflective coating to sidewalks, rooftops, and other dark surfaces, this will have an immense effect on the challenge of staying cool all year long! So if you start to see concrete construction companies painting blacktop white, you’ll know how vital this can be to saving the environment!

Easy Ways to Protect the Concrete on Your Driveway

So it’s the big day. The contractors are done building your brand new home, and now you get to enjoy the fantastic benefits that this large investment brings. Of course, while it’s great to settle in and get acquainted with your new surroundings, it may be a good idea to think about what you should do to help maintain the appeal of the place. The last thing you want to have to put up with is yet another expense after spending all those years saving up for a down payment, right?

While there are plenty of topics we could discuss regarding the maintenance of your home, we figure we should focus in on the topic we know best, and that’s concrete! Chances are if you have a driveway, that contractor you hired laid down some concrete. After all, this mixture is built to withstand the elements while being highly flexible during its application.

However, like a child trying to lie to their parents, concrete will start to crack under pressure. Whether it’s the extreme weather conditions, chemical spills, tire marks, or oil and grease, concrete can take a beating. This is why we’re going to take a moment and teach you a few do-it-yourself methods you can use to protect the concrete flooring in your home!

Avoid the Use of Deicing Chemicals

As we mentioned, one of the biggest factors that will harm the appearance and functionality of concrete is from stains. This is especially true if you live in an area where it snows as deicers can cause a good deal of surface damage when the moisture is thawed and refreezes. Many of those store-bought products you use to remove ice from surfaces contain ammonium nitrates and sulfates which can erode concrete.

While rock salt tends to do less damage, they can still corrode metal and harm any vegetation it touches. We recommend avoiding the use of deicers the first winter after the concrete has been initially applied since your concrete will be far more vulnerable to the harmful effects of salt – it needs to build up a level of durability first. Instead, consider using sand to give you that much-needed traction you desire.

Remove Any Stains Right Away

Just like if you made a mess on the kitchen floor, it’s a really good idea that you remove any gas, oil, grease, or any other spills as immediately as possible. The sealer is designed to protect concrete from stain absorption, but that won’t stop it from causing discoloration. However, if this does happen, consider investing in a good chemical treatment product or a power washing service.

To keep your driveway looking its best, it’s a good idea to clean it on a regular basis. Just like with deicing chemicals, this will all depend on the weather conditions where you live along with the amount of vehicle traffic it gets.

Reapply Your Sealer When Needed

You will also want to have your driveway resealed regularly. By rule of thumb, you should have your driveway resealed every two to three years, especially when the finish begins to show some wear. You can find commercial-grade sealers at a hardware store, or you can always ask your contractor for any recommendations. Make sure when you do use a concrete sealer that you closely follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Bottom line – you want to treat your driveway with care. Whether you’re shoveling your driveway, be aware of how susceptible this material can be to scrapes and scratches. Driveways also aren’t engineered to support heavy vehicles, like moving fans or large construction equipment. Keep all of these tips in mind if you want to maintain the quality of your driveway!

How a Concrete Waste Service Helps the Environment

Here at Legacy Concrete Works, one of the many different options we offer to our customers is a waste service that gets rid of any rubbish or debris that is laying around their commercial, residential, or construction site. While many would simply consider this a way to boost the curb appeal of an area, it has far-reaching environmental benefits as well. Sure, that may be considered a given, but let’s delve into the actual specifics of what we are talking about.

In this post, we’ll focus on concrete disposal, one of the most challenging jobs for anyone. Fortunately, when you’re dealing with a licensed and professional contractor, they can handle jobs of this size, no problem. With that in mind, let’s get to some of the ways we can help the environment by going over the most common uses for concrete waste!

Building New Roads

When dealing with smaller pieces of concrete, these can be used as gravel for new road construction projects. This is because sub-base gravel is laid down at the bottom layer of a road before concrete or asphalt is poured over it. Not only that, but concrete pavements can be broken up in place and used as a base layer for asphalt pavement.

Aggregating New Concrete

Any concrete being disposed of can be crushed up and used as dry aggregate for brand new concrete so long as it is free of any contaminants. Some states including here in Texas allow the use of recycled concrete pavement (or RCA) for certain use-cases including gutters, curbs, sidewalks, and streets.

Erecting Retaining Walls

Wire cages can be filled with crushed concrete and stacked together on top of each other to serve as a retaining wall, protecting embankments and other structures. Due to their weight and density, they can prove to be highly useful for a variety of situations.

Creating Riprap Revetments

Larger chunks of concrete (normally 10-18 inches in length) that has been crushed down can often be used as riprap revetments, which are used to prevent stream bank erosion from occurring. You’ll typically see this type of material around ditch pipes, shorelines, and especially in landscaping.

Speaking of which, recycled concrete can also be used for more aesthetically-pleasing purposes, which leads us to our next topic!

New Landscaping Products

Any well-graded concrete received from specific crushing facilities may be applied as a nice substitute for landscaping stones or aggregates. Urbanite is a particular type of reused concrete that is often used for garden walls, benches, raised beds, rockeries, terrace foundations, patios, and walking paths.

Conclusion

When you outsource your waste disposal services to an environmentally-responsible contractor, you get both the benefits of a highly-convenient service and one that can have a real impact on your overall operation. The concept of a green practice is an important movement that is constantly gaining traction the more we take a look at the impact we as a civilization have on the environment. By working with a contractor that offers an eco-friendly waste service, you’ll know all that construction debris will be out of your way and on to serve a greater purpose while you get on with the job!