Concrete mixes are a foundation to creating any kind of a structure. Rather than being limited to only a single type of concrete, contractors and construction enthusiasts alike can choose the preferred concrete mix, in order to get the exact texture they were looking for. Unfortunately, despite what many people may believe, there is really no such thing as a perfect concrete mix. Granted, there is a lot of variety and plenty of different combinations you could try out, but ultimately, the closest to what you can get in terms of a perfect concrete mix is using the one which is best intended for the certain application you had in mind.
There is no way to judge concrete until it dries
Initially, upon placement and during the mixing itself, the concrete parts might be smooth and really easy to apply. While this might seem like a generally good sign that the concrete mix you have chosen is going to be good, there is nothing that will define the quality of concrete better than the test of time. Only after it has hardened and dry completely, you can test out exactly how durable it is and therefore rate its quality. Sadly, since mixing and creating as well as applying concrete is a process that cannot be reversed, making even the slightest mistake during the entire process is going to cost you a lot.
All of the ingredients affect the quality of concrete
This means that every single component of concrete is going to have to be researched well, in order to get the perfect texture of each. It comes down to aggregate, cement and water as three of the main concrete parts, which will decisively affect the outcome and the quality of the concrete itself. Other than that, more additives might be added to the concrete mix, and this kind of a process is usually referred to as foaming. Although this is entirely optional, it might help add a certain degree of durability to the entire concrete mix, thus making it much more durable than it would’ve been.
The quality directly affects the end result
The aggregate is produced by quarries, and it would be fairly uncertain to assume that a single quarry can produce the same quality of aggregate. Undoubtedly, certain parts of the production are going to be considered less than optimal, such as the so-called ‘chert’. Unlike gravel or crushed rocks, chert is an extremely soft material which absorbs water, which might make and resolve concrete fall apart or crack during lower temperatures, which is why it is important to make sure that all of the components making concrete are going to be of good quality.