Go Concrete If You Can

Go Concrete If You Can

Thinking of building a solid concrete structure? Here’s why it’s good idea.

Charl Groenewald is one of several South African architects known for his work in concrete.
Fellow fans of this most utilitarian (and, depending on your views, beautiful) of materials include Sarah Calburn, Greg Katz, Ink Architecture and Daniel van der Merwe, architect at the Cement & Concrete Institute.
Visually engaging, concrete is durable, strong, low maintenance, energy efficient and ecofriendly. Click for more advantages
  • Technological advances over the last 50 years have dramatically improved the quality of concrete, which allows it to remain on show and not invariably be covered.
  • Concrete can be cast in just about any shape or form, offering almost total design flexibility.
  • Concrete can be used to create hard-wearing, functional countertops, floors and built-in storage.
  • Solid concrete structures are easy to maintain, requiring no special finishes or upkeep. The material is also water- and heat-resistant.
  • Excellent insulation properties mean lower energy consumption, which saves costs and is kinder to the environment.
  • Concrete holds any pigment or surface detailing, allowing for more elaborate decorative flourishes.
  • Curing is essential to ensure a durable finished product; you concrete should be kept moist for four to seven days to allow the concrete to get stronger and more impermeable

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