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.

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

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.

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.

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.