Versatility in Concrete

By: Amanda Ibey, Writer/Editor
   Technological advancement. Innovation. Change. This is modern life in 2019, or it is unless you work in the concrete business.
   “In the last five years, we haven’t seen much change in the concrete industry, not even in the last ten,” says Mike Gosselin from RG Gosselin, a company specializing in concrete, decorative concrete, excavation, and crane and pump work.
   “Advancements in concrete, in the last five to ten years? I wish I could say there’s been a lot of change, but there hasn’t. The cement is the same, we essentially use the same standard mixes we’ve used for the last 25 years,” says PJ Carrara, vice president of J.P. Carrara, a third generation, family-owned and operated company that produces sand and stone aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, precast/pre-stressed concrete products, and has recently added construction and masonry products.
   “In more specialized structures like water treatment tanks and bridge decks we have seen an increased use of specialty admixtures. We’ll use shrinkage reducing admixtures which keep the tanks from leaking water and bridge decks from cracking reducing salt intrusion,” says PJ
While sweeping evolution isn’t the story in concrete, smaller changes have occurred. Take concrete admixtures for instance. Admixtures get added to concrete batches either before or during concrete mixing to improve durability, workability, strength, and other challenges.
To read more about changes in the concrete world, pick up the next edition of The Build Board.