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.

Arch and Dec ConcreteArchitectural 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.



Arch_Dec_countertopsConcrete 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.



concrete pipe-1Concrete 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.




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





high strength concrete-1High-Strength Concrete: In the last two decades concrete has gotten stronger and better for high-rise construction.







Insulating concrete forms-2Insulating Concrete Forms: These builder-friendly wall systems have recently made a mark on the housing industry of North America.



precast concrete-4Precast Concrete became more common after World War II. 




Untitled-1Prestressed Concrete:
 Patented in San Francisco in 1886, prestressed concrete made its impact on the United States construction industry almost 75 years later.



ready mix-1Ready-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.


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



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



tilt upTilt-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.