Concrete’s versatility, durability, and economy have made it the world’s most used construction material. The U.S. uses about 260 million cubic yards of ready-mixed concrete each year. It is used in highways, streets, parking lots, parking garages, bridges, high-rise buildings, dams, homes, floors, sidewalks, driveways, and numerous other applications.

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Architectural and Decorative Concrete:
 This section highlights design possibilities and discusses considerations for selecting color and texture for architectural and decorative concrete.



Untitled-1Autoclaved Cellular Concrete or ACC, was invented in Sweden in the early 1900s. The lightweight, high-strength building material now used on every continent.


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Concrete Countertops
 have gained acceptance in just about every level of residential application, from moderately priced homes to high-end palaces.



concrete masonaryConcrete Masonry has undergone significant change within the last decade, becoming a more cost-effective, energy-efficient building product than ever.


concrete pavement-5Concrete Pavement: This section describes the four types of concrete pavements and details the preparation, placement, and curing of concrete pavements.


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Concrete Pipe
 provides water for people and farmlands or carries away sewage and drains land.


 
Controlled low strength materialControlled Low-Strength Material
 is a cement-based product often used as a backfill.



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Decorative Floors
 are becoming increasingly attractive for home and facility owners.



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High-Strength Concrete:
 In the last two decades concrete has gotten stronger and better for high-rise construction.



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Insulating Concrete Forms:
 These builder-friendly wall systems have recently made a mark on the housing industry of North America.


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Precast Concrete
 became more common after World War II. 


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Prestressed Concrete:
 Patented in San Francisco in 1886, prestressed concrete made its impact on the United States construction industry almost 75 years later.

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Ready-Mixed Concrete
 accounts for nearly three-fourths of all concrete used annually.


roller compactedRoller-Compacted Concrete: Initially developed for use by the forestry industry in Canada, roller-compacted concrete is a durable paving and dam material that is placed using asphalt construction equipment.

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Shotcrete
 is a mortar or concrete that is dispensed from a hose onto a surface at a high velocity.

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Soil-Cement:
 Developed in 1935, this product is often used as a paving base, mixing cement with compacted soil.


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Tilt-Up Concrete
: a construction method where walls are cast in a horizontal position and then tilted into a vertical position and moved into place with a mobile crane.