Hard Facts About Concrete


The most common confusion is understanding the difference between the terms “concrete” and “cement”. Concrete is the near-solid stone-like substance that is frequently found in the construction of walls, parking lots, foundations, and other structures that require an extremely stable and durable status. The wear and tear that concrete can endure makes it ideal for serving as a surface or support in almost any construction project.

Cement on the other hand is the binding material used to hold the small small rocks, gravel, and/or sand together to create concrete. One could think of cement as the glue that holds the concrete together. Cement is most often found to be “hydraulic” which means it is water resistant. Hydraulic cement can “set” or harden while it is exposed to water and even submerged in water. This makes it ideal for use in almost any environment.

The use of concrete once required extensive labor to move into position but now with the advent of pumps such as those used by Brecca Construction, it can be placed almost anywhere in much shorter time and at a greatly reduced cost. Where once the use of concrete might require construction firms to be able to access a location with large mixing trucks, today Brecca Construction can deliver concrete easily to almost any location without inconveniencing you or your neighbors. For large commercial jobs, concrete pumping is critical for saving time and money.

Did you know:

  • About 2 billion tons of concrete is produced per year.
  • The oldest piece of concrete on record is 12 million years old. Discovered in Israel in the 1960s, it’s a natural deposit created by oil shale combusting near limestone.
  • Concrete was used by the Ancient Egyptians as infill material in the pyramids of the Giza Necropolis.
  • Located in Rome, the Pantheon is the largest unreinforced (no metal frame) concrete dome in the world. It was built in 120 A.D.
  • Thomas Edison held 49 patents relating to concrete and experimented with precast concrete houses and furniture.
  • The first American concrete ship, a steamer named the S. S. Faith, was launched March 18, 1918. She cost $750,000 to build.

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