Day: November 19, 2020

White Concrete – Why Are So Many Architects Using This Color?

White concrete is simply a decorative, lightweight, non-combustive building material made by mixing aggregate materials with water to form a solid structure. It’s also made by blending white concrete, aggregates (a.k.a. crushed stones, gravel and sand), aggregate particles (i.e. small gravel and stone) and water. The resulting mixture is then poured into moulds where it is shaped and cured for several hours at room temperature or, in special cases, in temperatures up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. The result is a smooth, highly absorbent surface that offers high resistance to abrasion.

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White Concrete – Why Are So Many Architects Using This Color?

Concrete can be colored in various colors, although black and gray are the most popular. However, there are also some drawbacks to using these colors. Black can be very noisy and stain resistant while gray is considered “non-staining” and offers limited color selection. The best option is white, as it is both durable and attractive and easy to clean. Asphalt shingles are the most common color used in residential and commercial buildings. It may also come as a powdery compound called ‘hydrated cement’ that resembles rock or stone. It can be very hard to get a hold of, so if you see the white concrete on the asphalt shingles, just imagine how hard it will be to find in your neighborhood!

 

Concrete is very strong, but as with any building material, it can be damaged or come apart due to weather and traffic. To minimize the risk of damage, use it on sloped or curved surfaces where it’s more durable and less likely to come apart. It’s also good for making raised garden beds because it can resist wind, rain and pressure. When shopping for concrete, consider the purpose for which it will be used. If you are looking for a flooring material for an outdoor pool or hot tub, use a different color that won’t fade easily and which will retain its color after a few years.