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POURING CONCRETE IN COLD WEATHER
With winter in full swing, snow falling on the ground and temperatures dropping drastically, outdoor working conditions can be challenging. Consider the concrete industry, the businesses that still operate by producing and supplying concrete in conditions like these. Here are a few commonly asked questions regarding concrete and cold weather:
INNOVATIVE NEW PRODUCT IN ONTARIO’S CONCRETE INDUSTRY
Toronto Redi-Mix is extremely excited to be part of a new innovative concrete application in Ontario called pervious concrete. This is a special type of sand-free concrete made with light weight aggregates and a range of polymers that create very unique, strong bonding.
CANADIAN CONCRETE EXPO
The inaugural Canadian Concrete Expo (CCE) took place on February 7th and 8th at the International Centre in Toronto. The industry-only show features over 250 exhibiting companies throughout 200,000 square feet of trade show floor.
COLOURED CONCRETE 101
Coloured concrete, also referred to as decorative concrete, dates as far back as the early 1900’s. It was first used by precast companies who manufactured concrete for building facades. They used stains and colours to make their work more interesting and appealing. Some would mix pigment directly into the concrete for a casting, while others submerged their completed casting in chemical solutions to stain the product. Thesemanufacturers went through trials, testing, and research to develop products and processes that worked. Today, the coloured concrete market is growing at a faster pace than any other segment of the concrete industry. None of this would be possible without the development of strong, durable concrete and the techniques used to apply it. The coloured concrete application process requires highly skilled, trained and experienced concrete finishers with in-depth knowledge of range of concrete products. Becoming familiar with colour, how it works, factors that affect the final colour, and methods for repairing coloured concrete issues are important steps toward becoming an expert in all aspects of decorative concrete.
CONCRETE VS. WOOD
In today’s construction industry within Toronto the majority of companies and builders use wood as the base building material. Now, some are moving towards concrete and experiencing the benefits that it has to offer over wood both in residential and commercial.