The concrete you see every day is probably pretty boring. It’s just gray and bland. Well, it turns out that some innovations from Armorock are changing the way we think about concrete. I’m excited to tell you about all of them.
Concrete Is Now Easy To Recycle
The materials that makeup concrete are readily available and easy to recycle. Concrete is a mixture of cement, water, and aggregate. And the sand and gravel that gives concrete its color. While at it, consider recycling your old concrete by breaking it up and mixing it with new concrete!
The reusable part of your old concrete is the aggregates (aka “gravel”). If they have crushed shape and turn into rubble, you must dump them into a clean bin and let everyone else take care of the rest. But if they’re still rock-like in their shape, here’s how to get them broken up:
Concrete Can Now Be 3D Printed.
When you think of concrete, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a gray slab of stone or brick. But did you know that concrete can be 3D printed? They first developed this technology in the 1980s, and printing is done by laying down successive layers of material. Concrete can be 3D printed, but in a vacuum chamber, you should do it. Otherwise, water vapor would escape from the mixture and make it too weak for construction purposes.
Concrete is used for building because it’s strong enough to withstand heavy forces like earthquakes and storms. In addition, it lasts longer than other materials like wood or brick.
Urban Food can grow through concrete.
Concrete, it turns out, is a natural medium for plants. The surface of concrete provides the perfect conditions for plants to grow. It retains water and allows for oxygen circulation for roots to thrive. Concrete can grow food in urban areas where the soil is scarce or contaminated with chemicals, like near highways and factory farms.
If you’d like to start growing your food but don’t have any room outside your apartment building or office, try using some old concrete blocks as planters!
Volcanic Ash can make from concrete.
Did you know that volcanic ash is a by-product of volcanoes? It’s true! And, just like concrete, volcanic ash has some pretty incredible properties that make it worthwhile.
Volcanic ash contains a variety of minerals and elements that use in concrete. It includes calcium oxide, magnesium oxide, and aluminum oxide. These elements are great for reinforcing your building materials because they help keep them strong against weathering and water damage.
Concrete can now come in redwood or gold colors if you want to be extra fancy. Other exciting innovations are happening with this material. One example is using recycled plastic bottles instead of traditional aggregates, the sand or stone particles added to make concrete stronger. It reduces waste while still providing excellent strength.
Concrete Can Turn Living Rooms Into Indoor Gardens
You can make concrete look like any number of things, including stone, wood, and grass. Concrete is also an effective substitute for hardwood floors when mixed with pigments that mimic the grain patterns in actual wood planks. If you’re looking for something more exotic than oak, try mixing in marble dust or crushed marble chunks for an extra sparkle effect.
Concrete is one of the most versatile building materials in the world. It’s been around since the Roman Empire, and it hasn’t stopped evolving since then. There are so many new ways to use concrete that we can’t even list them here. But we hope this article has inspired you to think about how you could use concrete in your own life.