Concrete Information

Concrete is one of the most versatile, durable and cost-effective building materials known to man. It is also environmentally sustainable, with greencredentials that outperform both steel and timber.
In this section of the website we explore several principal benefits of concrete that go to make it the second most consumed substance on Earth after water.





Concrete is completely non-combustible
Concrete provides the best fire resistance of any building material.  It does not burn, it cannot be 'set on fire' like other materials in a building and it does not emit any toxic fumes, smoke or drip molten particles when exposed to fire.  Concrete and its mineral constituents enjoy the highest fire resistance classification.

This excellent fire performance is due in the main to concrete's constituent materials (i.e. cement and aggregates) which, when chemically combined, form a material that is essentially inert and has poor thermal conductivity.  It is this slow rate of heat transfer that enables concrete to act as an effective fire shield not only between adjacent spaces but also to protect itself from fire damage. 

Concrete Is Efficient

Concrete's excellent thermal mass reduces energy consumption in commercial and residential buildings that can be reduced by up to 50% - a key component in efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Sixty percent of the 47,744 mile U.S. Interstate highway system was built of concrete, especially in urban areas where FHWA anticipated heavy traffic volumes. Concrete was selected because of its superior durability, safety, higher reflection of light at night, and greater traction. 


Concrete naturally can support the heaviest loads, such as truck traffic and the increasingly larger jumbo jets. There is less deformation than asphalt, and although the initial cost of concrete can be higher than asphalt, concrete usually has a useful life that is twice that of asphalt. 

Concrete pavement consistently serves 20-30 years without needing major repair, while asphalt generally lasts only 8-12 years before resurfacing, or significant repairs are required.

A ten year survey concluded in the mid-1980s of 2,000 miles of municipal streets in Kansas revealed that asphalt pavement was nine times as expensive to maintain as concrete.

Because of its light color, concrete reflects from 33 to 50 percent more light than asphalt. By using more heat-reflecting concrete instead of asphalt, Atlanta officials lowered their average city temperature by six degrees!

America 's first concrete street, built in 1891 in Bellefontaine, Ohio, is still in service today.

Benefits of Concrete Homes

Why build with concrete? Simply put, it's a better way to build a better home. Here are some of the tangible benefits of building with concrete:

• Beautiful
Concrete can create any shape or size home that you can imagine

• Built to Last
A concrete home is a solid investment for your family both in terms of value and safety

• Energy Efficient
A concrete home can keep you comfortable year-round … while reducing your utility bills

• Low Maintenance
A concrete home requires far less work to keep it looking like new

• Environmentally Friendly
Building concrete homes helps save our precious forests

• Quiet and Comfortable
The quiet comfort of concrete makes a concrete home a solid investment in lifestyle

That's the Beauty of Today's Concrete

There's more than one way to build your concrete home. Insulating concrete forms. Concrete masonry. Aerated concrete. Tilt-up concrete. Precast concrete. With volatile wood prices, logging's high environmental price tag, and a growing shortage of high quality lumber, concrete offers a variety of products and construction techniques to provide cost effective, quality alternatives to wood-frame home construction.

All of these systems share the same basic virtues of concrete — beauty, strength, durability, low maintenance, energy efficiency, environmental friendliness, and peace and quiet. Which concrete building technique is right for you depends on the labor force and predominant building practices in your area. Whatever your choice, you can rest assured that your beautiful concrete home is built to last.

For more information about the benefits of Concrete, contact ARMCA today. 

*Some facts via Pacific Southwest Concrete Alliance.