Concrete masters is a company that installed a pool deck on my property, then they started cracking the slabs. This is extremely frustrating and I don’t recommend them at all. They are refusing to fix/replace the cracked sections of concrete.
Concrete is a common material for construction. It is a composite material consisting of a cementitious binder and aggregate, typically a mixture of sand and gravel. The aggregates provide strength and density as well as a surface for the concrete to bond to.
It can be made with a variety of binders and additives. These can improve the strength and durability of concrete, reduce its curing time, or change the appearance of concrete.
There are many types of concrete, each with its own unique properties. Some of these include sulfate-reduced concrete, high-strength concrete, and recycled concrete.
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Flow testing is an important part of concrete quality control, as it determines whether the concrete mix has the desired workability (slump). Slump is measured using an “Abrams cone” which is placed with its wide end down onto a non-absorptive surface. The concrete is then gradually lifted off the cone and a measurement of its volume is recorded.
A variety of admixtures can increase the slump of a concrete mix, including air entraining agents and plasticizers. However, they can also decrease the compressive strength of concrete.
Some additives also enhance its durability, especially in freeze-thaw conditions. They can include corrosion inhibitors, defoamers and bonding agents.