Is cement the same as concrete?
Cement is the main ingredient in concrete. Concrete in its simplest form is a combination of cement, fine and/or coarse aggregates, and water. The mixture of cement and water acts as a glue which saturates the aggregates and binds everything together. Once the chemical reaction called hydration begins, the freshly mixed ingredients start to gain strength and ultimately form the stone like structure we call concrete. Once the concrete has been poured, it begins to cure, which allows for hydration and strength gain to continue.
What is Redi Mix?
CDA Redi Mix & Precast, Inc. ships Redi Mix to you after first matching your requirements with a specific mix design. We load all the raw materials into a drum which mixes the concrete. When our trucks arrive at your job, the product is mixed and ready to pour. Each load is specifically designed and mixed moments before the truck leaves for your home or job. We guarantee accurate measurements of the raw materials in their specific quantities, providing you with top quality concrete.
5 Key Elements to Building with Concrete
- Stands the test of time: Concrete structures are designed to last for centuries. Unlike other materials, concrete only gets stronger over time. Concrete has been recorded in existence as long ago as 7,000 BC. Throughout history, concrete has proven itself to be a most flexible and durable construction material.
- Safe & Strong: Concrete does not burn – it cannot be set on fire and does not emit any toxic fumes when affected by fire. Concrete has a high degree of fire resistance and, in the majority of applications, can be described as virtually fireproof. Concrete can also withstand the damaging effects of wind and water.
- Sustainable: Concrete’s strength, durability and energy efficiency make it an environmentally friendly material – especially when you consider the entire lifecycle of the building. Roman buildings close to 2,000 years old such as the Coliseum are living examples of the strength and durability of concrete.
- Simple to use: No other modern construction material offers the vast spectrum of alternatives as concrete. It can readily assume all forms, colors and textures. Its ability to mold into any shape, size or design imaginable makes it the material of choice for resilient construction.
- Value that lasts: Concrete will not rot, mold, rust or deteriorate. It is energy efficient and virtually maintenance free – which means the resources you invest now will last for decades to come.