Concrete is made of several components which include both fine and coarse aggregates that are bound together by a paste of cement that over time becomes hard. The composite materials which include the aggregate materials, cement and water are usually combined in a specific ratio determine according to the quantity of the materials to form a paste-like slurry. The reaction of the cement, aggregates, and water is usually a chemical reaction ensuring bonding of the materials which results in a stone-like material once it hardens. The chemical process involved is referred to as hydration which results in solidification and hardening. Additive materials such as plasticizers may be added into the cement to enhance the physical properties of the resultant materials or even the slurry formed by adding some additives.
Concrete involves various activities such as concrete cutting, concrete pouring and making of concrete patios. The slurry is the one used during concrete pouring since it easily spreadable. A secured wooden perimeter form is necessary to make it on the surface to ensure ease of pouring concrete on the surface. Concrete pouring can be done using locally available material which requires less lifting since the concrete is quite heavy such as a wheelbarrow which requires only tilting to pour the concrete. Spreading the concrete when it is being poured is necessary to ensure that a flat surface is obtained. The flat surface can be slippery when wet hence various designs can be added to the surface before it dries to make it less slippery. Constant maintenance of the surface will ensure damage is minimized.
Making concrete patios is use of concrete. A space outside the house for activities such as dining and recreation which are paved to ensure effective carrying out of those activities is referred to as a patio. Concrete is mainly used in paving patios although there are other materials that can be used. The concrete used in making patios can be patterned or textured in various ways to make the patio look like other materials used for building. Uniqueness of concrete patios can be enhanced by adding base color, accent color and patterns into the concrete. The various additions into the concrete makes it last for a long period, it is cheaper than using other materials and also maintains its look for long.
Concrete cutting is also an activity associated with concrete. It is important to have the right tools, and protective equipment to ensure that few or no accidents arise. Most concrete cutting equipment are made of diamond hence selecting the best diamond blades will enhance concrete cutting. A lot of dust is produced during concrete cutting hence a person should have the equipment to protect themselves from inhaling the dust.