Why Concrete Is a Must for Commercial Properties


Many commercial property owners way concrete versus a variety of other building materials mainly do to financial constraints and limited budgets. Although concrete proves to be more expensive in the beginning as compared to asphalt or other paving options, over the long run concrete proves to be more durable, better looking and less expensive over time. Below are six reasons why concrete has proven to be a extremely popular construction material, especially for commercial properties.

Impressive Strength and Durability

Due to the makeup of concrete, its principal elements or substances rather is water, cement and aggregate such as sand for example. The stronger the concrete, the more dense it is which can be achieved by giving it minimal water and increasing the amount of cement. As this mixed agent dries, it "cures" or become stronger. A couple of days after having been set, concrete will seem as though it is completely cured, the truth of the matter is that the remaining moisture within the concrete continues to "react" and bind the cement and the aggregate together which when completely cured means that the concrete will be a more firm and denser product.
  

More Environmentally Friendly Or Advantageous


Unlike other options such as asphalt, concrete is actually porous which allows water and moisture to flow through the pad and into the ground beneath. Stormwater on asphalt carries pollutants and waste particles from the streets and gutters and introduces those pollutants into our local water sources. Concrete also has many other benefits and the fact that it is naturally fire resistant and can withstand major "acts of God" such as tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as termites for example.

Little to No Maintenance


Compared to wood or asphalt, the maintenance on concrete patios, sidewalks, driveways and steps is minimal. Concrete does crack and over time those cracks need to be caulked and sealed so as not to allow moisture or water to enter those voids. Water is concrete's biggest enemy naturally. Regularly cleaning and sealing concrete can help boost the life of any concrete installation.

Clean Look and Feel Compared To Other Finishes


Concrete maintains it's look and feel much longer than asphalt, wood or other hardscapes. Asphalt needs to be maintained every year in Colorado at least, and it does not stand to weathering like concrete does. As for wood, in Denver's dry climate wood needs to be treated each and every year and if it is not maintained it will start to look very bad, whatever finish will start to fail and it just looks horrible. As for flagstone, brick pavers, etc. in the beginning these look great, however if they are not maintained the substraight tends to heave and change over time giving way to very uneven surface over time.

Concrete has many uses in the commercial property world and is definitely not among the highest priced options compared to other building materials. If you manage a commercial property and are considering concrete, depending on the application most flat work will run around $6.00 - $7.00 per square foot installed. This does not include preparation or any kind of demolition that might need to be completed in preparation for the new install.

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