All concrete is not created equal. Just as construction projects have different requirements, concrete can be produced with a wide variety of characteristics. Here are just a few examples of "specialty" mixes:


Concrete is often confused with cement!
Concrete is composed of a mixture of aggregate, cement & water.

Various admixtures can be used to help enhance the concretes workability, durability & strength characteristics.
Also to help control set time!



High Early Concrete, or HES, develops strength faster than normal concrete. Depending on your needs, HES Concrete can be designed to develop sufficient strength to support vehicles in a few days, or in special circumstances can be ready for traffic in about 7 hours. Most HES Concrete is produced using higher cement content in the mix, and sometimes special chemicals or "admixtures" are added to further enhance the early strength.


Lightweight concrete is normally produced by replacing the gravel or stone with a lightweight expanded shale aggregate. This aggregate is produced by taking shale and heating it in a kiln, which expands the shale, making it lighter per cubic foot than normal weight aggregates. Normal weight concrete mixes weigh about 113 to 118 pounds per cubic foot. This weight saving makes lightweight concrete very desirable in suspended deck slabs, such as those found in high-rise multi-story structures, allowing the use of smaller structural columns, giving the building more useable floor space. Lightweight concrete is also used in many bridge deck slabs. This can allow for smaller superstructures, or in the case of rehabilitating an older bridge, can allow for wider lanes of traffic on the same old superstructure.


Exposed Aggregate Concrete is just that: concrete that has had its surface removed, exposing the gravel or stone in the concrete. This method is an economical way to produce an architectural concrete, with very unique features. Various types and sizes of gravel or stone can be used to get various looks. The price difference between normal concrete and exposed aggregate concrete varies widely, depending on the type of stone used. Utilizing readily available aggregates in your local area, such as a river gravel, can produce very attractive results, with a nominal cost for the extra labor involved in the removal of the surface. Give thought when choosing the aggregate type, as a crushed stone may be visually appealing, but it will prove quite difficult to walk on, especially in bare feet. Check with your local concrete producer if you have any questions, or would like the name of a qualified contractor.

Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete can give you the look and appeal of brick, flagstone, cobblestone or many other types of finishes, at a cost far less than the real thing. Utilizing flexible patterns and colored concrete, qualified contractors can produce dozens of different looks. If you want something unique and distinguished, consider stamped concrete. Your local concrete supplier can recommend a qualified contractor to contact.

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