We always consider architectural concrete an extraordinary type of concrete. We know ahead of time that we are going to need to treat it in such a way that the concrete is going to be able to look the part. If it is going to be placed in an area where it is going to be exposed and visible to people that are either in or walking by the building we can’t have it looking like part of an unfinished house. It also needs to be sturdy enough to be able to hold up the structure and maintain it that way for an extended period of time!
Shaping Architectural Concrete
Concrete in general just brings a lot of different benefits to the table. When it is fully dry, it is one of the most stable and durable ingredients that you could possibly find. When it is not dry, you can pretty much mold it to look like whatever it is that you want it to look like. In our opinion, you are actually getting the best of both worlds when installing this type of concrete. There are still a couple of myths that we want to dispel so that people that may be on the fence of using this type of concrete or not can be convinced!
It Doesn’t Only Come In Gray
A quick Google search will give you plenty of images of actual structures that use this type of concrete. The one thing that we don’t like about that is that most of the examples show the typical gray concrete structure. That really doesn’t give this type of concrete the justice that it deserves. There are plenty of things that you will be able to do as far as painting and designing this type of cement. So, at the end of the day, you are not just going to have a gray blob of clay!
How Much Does Architectural Concrete Last?
There are plenty of structures that have been built with this type of concrete that are not going to come crumbling down anytime soon. That being said, it is actually hard to pinpoint a range or anything similar to that. As long as you provide the structure with the proper maintenance, it can last a lifetime. There are certain factors that you need to watch out for though that could potentially cripple these types of structures!
Architectural Concrete vs. Moisture
We have to say that pretty much any structure's main enemy besides a natural disaster is an excessive amount of moisture. That is really the only thing that we could think of that has such a negative effect on these types of structures that it could potentially cripple them. The best way to make sure that moisture is not an issue is to have these structures water-proofed regularly and to act quickly if you see a moisture spot forming. Rain and indoor water flow through these structures can be dangerous if they are not accounted for correctly!