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10 Tips to Successful Hot Weather Concreting

When pouring concrete, rapid set-up and drying can ruin your day. The warmer the day, the greater the danger of a quick set. Hot weather concreting can ultimately lead to accelerated curing and substandard strength. If you do not counteract the effects of excessive ambient heat before, during and after the pour, your concrete could […]

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Why Your Post Tension Tendons Need to Be Properly Stressed

There exists two ways to pre-stress the concrete in your building project: pretension and post tension. Pretension happens at the precast facility, where the tendon assembly is placed into the concrete form and stressed at the factory to engineered specifications. In the latter, you set the ducts, anchors and strands — together making up the […]

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4 Budget Friendly Exterior Decorative Concrete Overlays

When you take pride of ownership of your property, exterior appeal matters. The great thing about exterior decorative concrete overlays is that they cost so little and give so much. Whether it’s a commercial building, residential multi-family complex or your home, you can elevate curb appeal by adding a decorative concrete overlay. Since nearly every property includes concrete elements […]

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Pros vs. Cons: Indoor Decorative Concrete Floors

If you’ve regarded a professionally finished decorative concrete floor lately, you were probably so impressed that you imagined installing one in your own home. When tinted and polished, an indoor concrete floor impresses as much, or more so, than natural stone or tile. You must wonder what took the construction industry so long to discover […]

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Raft Footing and Mat Foundation: 2 Ways to Say the Same Thing

The terms “raft footing” and “mat foundation” describe the same type of building foundation. Both envision a horizontal plane, or slab, of reinforced concrete upon which you construct a building. […]

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What a Construction Supervisor Should Know About Rebar in Concrete Construction

Now that the burst housing bubble and long recession seem to be in the rear view mirror, a new building boom along Colorado’s Front Range has set the construction job market ablaze. If you’re moving up the ladder in the construction industry, what vital aspects of rebar in concrete construction do you need to know? […]

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7 Ways Post Tensioned Concrete Saves Money on High Rise Builds

According to the ENR Mountain States 2017 Regional Forecast, 2016 brought a busy year to the Colorado construction industry. By the end of November, $16.6 billion new construction starts had been recorded. 2017 seems to be on track to meet or beat those numbers. While companies enjoy the boom, labor, material and cost efficiency demands keep the […]

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Foundation Footing Systems: Grade Beam vs. Spread Footing

When thinking of the system that supports houses or commercial buildings, most people think it begins with the foundation. But even a foundation system needs a foundation, so the very first element when preparing the vertical support scheme is the foundation footer. While not all footings require reinforced concrete, we’ll concentrate on two types that […]

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How Stainless Steel Rebar is Used in Reinforced Concrete Construction

At first blush, it may seem that stainless steel rebar would be far too expensive for use in any large concrete structure. Why go to such expense when ordinary rebar has worked so well for so long? In certain applications, though, the end result over the life cycle of the edifice can mean greater economy when stainless steel […]

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