Lightweight Concrete is composed of lightweight coarse aggregate materials such as rotary kiln fired expanded shale, clay or slate materials. In-place density is typically 90 – 115 lb/ft3 compared to normal weight concrete which has a density range of 140 – 150 lb/ft3. Lightweight Concrete reduces the weight of concrete structures which then can allow for smaller supportive beams, columns and footings.
Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (FRC)
Fiber-Reinforced Concrete is a composite mix in concrete and different types of fibers such as steel fibers, glass fibers, synthetic fibers and natural fibers. Adding fibers to concrete mixes can reduce cracks and increase impact resistance.
Shotcrete is more of a process than a product or material. Shotcrete, or sprayed concrete, is concrete or mortar conveyed through a hose at a high velocity onto a surface, and is typically reinforced with rebar, steel rods or steel mesh.
Flowable Fill & Controlled Low Strength Material (CLSM)
Similar to Grout, Controlled Low Strength Material (CLSM) is sometimes referred to as flowable fill, and is a lower strength type of high slump concrete often used for non-structural applications such as filling old tunnels or unused sewer lines. Flowable Fill is a self-compacting low strength concrete with a flowable consistency, similar to a liquid, and is often times substituted for compact gravel. Flowable Fill should not be used in place of standard concretes, but is often used for retaining wall backfill, tunnels, sewers, and utility trenches.
At Ready Mixed Concrete we offer Bayferrox™ LANXESS® pigments, and can help you get the exact color of concrete for your particular job.
Polished concrete is a good sustainable design flooring option because it makes use of the materials already present. Most modern buildings are built on a concrete slab; polishing the exposed concrete eliminates the energy and additional material costs consumed by applying a floor covering.
Filtercrete Pervious Concrete, also sometimes called porous or permeable concrete, is a special type of concrete with a high porosity used for concrete flatwork applications that allows water from precipitation and other sources to pass directly through. It is made using large aggregates with little to no fine aggregates, allowing water to pass through the concrete slab.