Functional concrete is concrete that is designed to perform specific functions beyond just providing structural support. This type of concrete can be engineered to have unique properties such as increased strength, durability, and resistance to certain types of weather or chemical exposure.
One example of functional concrete is self-healing concrete, which contains bacteria that can repair cracks that form in the concrete over time. Another example is permeable concrete, which allows water to pass through it, reducing the risk of flooding. There are also functional concretes that are designed for radiation shielding and insulation, among others.
The use of functional concrete can provide not only structural integrity but also environmental and safety benefits.
Decorative concrete is a type of concrete that is designed to enhance the aesthetic appeal of a space while still providing structural support. This type of concrete can be used to create a variety of decorative effects, such as stamped patterns, colored concrete, and exposed aggregate.
Decorative concrete can be used in a variety of applications such as floors, driveways, patios, sidewalks, and pool decks. The stamped pattern can mimic natural materials like cobblestone, brick, or wood. Colored concrete can be added with pigments or stains, to give the concrete a unique look.
Exposed aggregate is a process of removing the surface paste of the concrete to reveal the aggregate, which can add texture and color to the surface. Decorative concrete offers a wide range of design options and can be used to enhance the aesthetic appeal of any space.
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