How Concrete has Improved in the Last Ten Years

Concrete has changed very little in its basic formation since its conception – mixing an aggregate with water and cement. For thousands of years, humankind has been using concrete in all sorts of different constructions – from the ancient Egyptians to the Romans, concrete has been a vital part of our progression as a species.


Many examples from these by-gone eras still stand today, showing just how strong concrete is, but they also show us how much concrete has changed since those times. Concrete then was much stiffer, compared to the more fluid type of concrete we use today which allows for it to be poured into forms.

While concrete today is nearly perfect for any kind of construction, especially for industrial flooring, it has improved significantly over the past 10 years or so. Not only is concrete strong, but it’s also long-lasting, versatile and fire-resistant – and now, it’s even environmentally friendly.

Environmentally Friendly Concrete

Environmental concerns are increasingly felt in all sectors, so naturally construction specialists have looked for ways to improve their methods. By making use of recycling techniques, they’ve managed to make concrete a greener construction material.

Manufacturers are now using older concrete as the aggregate to create new concrete, as well as using the water that’s used to wash out concrete trucks as the water to mix fresh concrete.

Portland cement, the original cement used for paving, has now been done away with due to the energy it consumes in the production process – reducing carbon emissions has become a priority for manufactures and thus a more energy efficient cement has been created, helping clear the air – literally!

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Production Improvements

As time has passed, the biggest part of concrete production that has changed is the production process itself. Since those early days, light-weight, pre-moistened aggregates have been mixed into normal aggregate – these special aggregates assist the internal curing process, which lessens distortion, shrinkage and cracking of the concrete.

For the flooring world, translucent concrete is in the works which is produced by adding fibres to the mixture to produce colours and patterns.

Improvements in the production of concrete and the growing interest in the environment ensure that concrete will remain an important part of the construction industry.

Here at PSR Industrial Flooring, we know just how important concrete is, especially in the flooring business. That’s why we provide a number of services for concrete floors – from floor grinding to floor repairs, we do it all! For more information, contact us on 01226 382864 and speak to one of our team members today.


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