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Posted on July 12, 2018

What is Hot Weather Concreting?

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Since much of Pennsylvaniaʼs exterior concrete work occurs in the summer, hot weather concreting is of real interest to contractors. Those that take the extra steps necessary to place concrete in hot weather stay on schedule, and they keep crews busy.

However, extra care is required to ensure that concrete placed under adverse summer circumstances will be strong and durable.

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Posted on June 28, 2018

Concrete Specifications for Light & Heavy-duty Parking Lots

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Heavy-duty concrete parking lot

The unsurpassed quality, strength and durability of concrete make it an excellent choice for parking lot construction.

During the course of its impressive service life, a concrete parking lot requires only minimal maintenance like occasional joint sealing and cleaning. Maintenance savings accrue year after year.

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Posted on June 14, 2018

8 Benefits of a Concrete Driveway

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At first glance, the smooth, solid surfaces of asphalt and concrete driveways appear more similar than not. However, there are key differences in longevity, load-bearing capacity, convenience, lifecycle costs and resale value.

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Posted on May 31, 2018

Improved Bridge Deck Concrete in Pennsylvania

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AAAP concrete bridge

Many of Pennsylvania's bridges were constructed decades ago, a time when usage was vastly different than it is today. As a result, many bridges carry much more traffic than their designers ever intended. Since the days of the Eisenhower administration, America's vehicles have tripled in number.

The most recent National Bridge Inventory (NBI) from the Federal Highway Administration identifies 22,783 bridges in Pennsylvania. Forty percent of them are classified as either "structurally deficient" or "functionally obsolete." To rectify the situation, billions of dollars in repairs, restorations and replacements are needed.

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Posted on May 17, 2018

Insulated Concrete Forms vs. Conventional Wood Framing

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Insulated concrete forms

The construction of buildings using insulated concrete forms (ICFs) offers numerous tangible benefits over wood-frame construction, including energy savings, durability, the speed of construction, reduced environmental impact and insurance savings. Also, ICF walls are effective vapor barriers, and they suppress the transmission of sound as well.

There are also intangible benefits to consider, like increased peace-of-mind for property owners, tenant satisfaction and a greater perception of value by prospective buyers.

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Posted on May 01, 2018

5 Key Benefits of Roller Compacted Concrete

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Glenn O. Hawbaker rolling the concrete

Roller-compacted concrete (RCC) is a durable material increasingly used for parking lots and high-load applications. From intermodal yards to industrial flooring, RCC is already seen as an economical and durable solution. It is now also being used to complete a number of municipal paving projects in Pennsylvania.

The RCC process requires a stiff, zero-slump mix with the consistency of damp gravel. Rolling achieves desired densities and strength without reinforcement. A very low water-to-cement ratio often makes RCC as strong as conventional concrete. Diamond grinding is an option when a surface without roller marks and with precisely defined frictional characteristics is important.

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Posted on April 03, 2018

Insurance Benefits of Using Concrete for Building Construction

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Concrete multi-family building in Pittsburgh suburbs

If you are a building developer, you face a fundamental question when a multi-family project moves forward, "What type of construction do I invest in?" Hazard mitigation is one key consideration due to its impact on insurance and other costs.

Fortunately, it's possible to take a strategic, calculated approach to mitigating risk. MIT's Break Even Mitigation Percent (BEMP) Model guides decisions regarding hazard mitigation costs. In one example, a $340,000 hazard mitigation investment in a $10 million commercial structure is made up through reduced insurance premiums and other savings.

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Posted on March 15, 2018

5 Reasons Why Concrete Is Better Than Asphalt for Parking Lots

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Conventional concrete parking lot in Pennsylvania

Should your new parking lot be surfaced with asphalt or concrete? There are many reasons to seriously consider concrete, from economic to environmental and from aesthetic to functional. Here are five key reasons why an investment in a concrete parking lot makes sense.

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