LEARN ABOUT VARIOUS CONCRETE APPLICATIONS WITH BLACK BIRD CONSTRUCTION.
Concrete can be made to different strengths for different applications. Concrete can be moulded and shaped, such as pre-cast palisade walling and certain garage units as well as being reinforced and pre-stressed for fixtures such as lintels.
With the gaining popularity for rough ‘industrialised- look wall and floor finishes, polished concrete floors are taking preference more, while the smooth undersides of slabs that have been poured in situ as well the undersides of cast staircases are left unadorned and unfinished by plastering or skimming. The smooth strength of concrete is all that remains and does not get painted. Once the concrete has dried and the formwork has been removed, the dark wet concrete mix turns an attractive pale whitish shade which does not require painting.
Concrete finished for the floor involves the casting of concrete which is power floated for levelling and is then polished at high speed with special sanders. The final look has the glossy top coat of polished granite while the interesting textures of the concrete pour is visible through it.
Concrete and cement work, brick work and plastering are called the ‘wet works’ of the building trades.
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