Using reinforcement to squeeze the concrete in a state of compression increases its tensile strength and makes it stronger and more rigid. Post tension concrete systems use high-strength steel tendons, embedded and anchored in the concrete, in combination with steel reinforcement bars. When the concrete ‘cures’ to attain a predetermined strength, which it usually does within three days after casting, the steel tendons are added to provide malleability to the compressing force on the concrete. In order to counteract against any future tension loads, the tendons remain in a state of tension throughout the life of the structure. Post-tensioned reinforced concrete allows for longer span designs with relatively thinner concrete sections and proves to be sturdy home remodeling options.
Concrete mix design is the process of creating concrete mixes of differing strengths, characteristics and properties for different applications such as foundations, floors, walls, radiation and heat insulation, etc. Software programs are now available to assist engineers in creating appropriate concrete mixes for various applications. Concrete, generally categorized as normal, heavyweight or mass concrete, together with cement, water and aggregates also contains some amount of entrapped air. In some cases, concrete may have air deliberately introduced into the slump with the other ingredients, in order to create lightweight concrete. Use the mixture to mould your much needed home remodeling pillar of strength.
Concrete mix design takes into consideration strength, consistency, workability, density, durability, and the ‘water to cement’ (with other additives, if any) ratio as vital factors for preparation of concrete for any particular application. If you get this right, you’re free to undertake many decorative ventures. Stamped concrete designs are aesthetically appealing, and can be made in a variety of colors with long lasting effects. Concrete molds are available for casting concrete blocks and other items also. This is a constructive home remodeling plan.
Concrete stains for floor: Concrete staining a floor is an elaborate project. Usually people opt to engage a home remodeling contractor for doing it, but if you’re really interested in doing it on your own, you should first read a book on how to stain a concrete floor, unless you are well experienced. There are many reputed companies like Behr, Kemico, HC and Quickrette, who along with producing concrete stains that transform ordinary concrete flooring into marble flooring, also publish guides to help people understand the process. This is a goldmine when it comes to home remodeling tips.
The guides provide step-by-step details on how to stain a concrete floor efficiently. These guides also include instructions for specialty staining methods like using concrete dyes, creating faux finishes and sandblasting. They also list the tools needed, the best places to get them and special features on how to-maintain the concrete floor and create attractive special effects with torn paper, cheesecloth, sawdust and even fertilizer. There’s plenty of home remodeling advice available around us through books, and online portals. Some home remodeling ventures are easier to accomplish, and some difficult. Setting your own concrete slabs, or mini pillars is certainly one with very little room for error if you want your home remodeling stint to be a success.