Some of the Coolest Concrete Structures in the World

Concrete has been used in architecture and buildings for centuries. Around the world, there are incredible structures that were made with concrete that are still standing to this day. The fact that these structures are standing tall after going through years of wear and tear is a testament to the concrete that they were made with.

Roman Colosseum concrete structure

Concrete Throughout History

Some ancient structures made of concrete are still standing to this day. These amazing structures are known throughout the world as historical places.

The Colosseum – The Roman Colosseum in Rome, Italy was built in 80 A.D. and is one of the biggest attractions of tourism in the world. Over the years, it has gone through some damages, but it still stands from the concrete architecture.

Pantheon – The Pantheon in Rome is a dome shaped structure made of concrete. They didn’t have reinforced concrete back then that was strengthened with steel, but they still had concrete.

Christ the Redeemer – This famous statue located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was made from reinforced concrete in 1931. It stands 98 feet tall on top of the Corcovado Mountain.

Modern Day Concrete

Burj Khalifa – This skyscraper in Dubai was built in 2009, and it stands 2,722 feet tall. It consists of 110,000 tons of concrete and includes a hotel, restaurant, businesses, and residents.

Villa Saitan – This structure is a housing complex located in Japan. It was completed in 2006 and stands as a concrete shell with cutouts that mimic the features of a tree,

Ardmore Residence – This residential building is located in Singapore and stands over 135 meters tall. It was built in 2013, and it consists of an indoor and outdoor living space with a gym, spa room, jacuzzi, sundecks, and swimming pool shared with 58 units.

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How to Clean Your Concrete Patio

Concrete patios are great because they are durable and long-lasting. They make for great surfaces, whether they’re patios, sidewalks, walkways, etc. You still need to make sure you’re cleaning the patio because weather can put some wear on them. If you have a beautiful concrete patio, here are some ways to keep it looking clean and bright.

concrete patio cleaning

Clear Debris and Moss

If you have debris and moss on the concrete, it’s important to clean this off before using any water. What you’ll need to do is loosen up the moss and sweep it off with a broom or use a leaf blower to clear it.

Hose Down and Power Wash

After blowing off the debris, use a hose or power washer to wet the concrete and power wash all the mildew and stains on the concrete. You’ll notice the color change from over the years when you’re using a power washer.

Do it Yourself Cleaner:

A great way to get rid of stains and mildew is to mix your own cleaning ingredients and scrub them on the concrete patio. Take distilled white vinegar and mix it with a cup of baking soda. Spread the mix over the patio with a sponge and let it sit for a half and hour. Then, scrub the patio with a nylon-bristled scrub brush. After you scrub, it’s time to take out the hose or power washer and rinse it off. Let it dry before putting your furniture back on.

Bergen Mobile Concrete

At Bergen Mobile Concrete, we specialize in concrete mixing and delivery for whatever your project is. If you need to replace your concrete patio with new concrete or you would like to install a concrete patio or walkway, we are the perfect solution for you. Using our mobile concrete mixer trucks and concrete buggy, we can supply you with the right amount of concrete for your project. Contact Bergen Mobile Concrete at 201-797-7550!

Why Concrete Walkways Are the Way to Go

So, you’d like to put in a walkway at your home. You have several options to choose from when it comes to materials, but you’re not sure which is the best for you. We can assure you that concrete is a great choice when it comes to installing a walkway along your house or up to the front door from your driveway.

Concrete walkway from Bergen Mobile Concrete

The Benefits of a Concrete Walkway

Concrete is unique in that there is no ceiling for the different designs, colors, and options when it comes to concrete.

With a concrete walkway, you’re getting:

  • A durable material that lasts a long period of time in any environment
  • Low maintenance cost
  • Lowest carbon footprint of a structure(pavement) over its lifetime
  • The ability to determine the shape
  • Very economical

Concrete’s advantage is that it is has a low-cost compared to other materials, especially for the building of a sidewalk. You can create a great designed look with a concrete sidewalk. Many people try and get fancy with flagstone and natural looks, but concrete is much more affordable and can be made into a natural look as well. One thing that Bergen Mobile Concrete recommends is that if you’re choosing to go with concrete, you need to make sure it is mixed right.

At Bergen Mobile Concrete, we can have your concrete delivered and mixed the right way. You don’t have to worry about any waste or paying for more than you need. We charge you for only the amount you used and the mixture.

Advantage of Using Bergen Mobile Concrete

We don’t mess around when it comes to concrete mixing and delivery. We can provide a wide range of mixing designs for your liking while delivering the right amount of concrete that you need for your desired project. Contact Bergen Mobile Concrete at 201-797-7550 today for a concrete mixing and delivery!

The Benefits of Concrete Delivery

Concrete projects, whether it’s at a home or a business, can be quite tricky when you don’t have the right equipment. Bergen Mobile Concrete is your best choice when it comes to mobile concrete delivery. Saving time and headaches with mobile concrete mixer trucks and concrete buggies from us can help you get the concrete project done the right way.

Concrete mixer delevery

Concrete Buggy Trucks

We offer and supply a concrete truck that comes with a buggy, so that your workers won’t have to worry about spending time pushing a wheelbarrow full of concrete mix. This is the perfect choice for smaller projects that only require a 37-inch opening. Pool decks, patios, and walkways that are concrete will benefit from our concrete buggy.

Metered Concrete Mixer

Our mobile mixer is quite beneficial because it eliminates waste unlike a traditional ready-mix truck. The customer benefits because they only pay for the amount that they use, which means they are saving money. This metered mobile concrete mixer truck allows us to provide the exact amount of concrete needed for the mix design.

The Benefits of Hiring Bergen Mobile Concrete:

  • Same day concrete delivery
  • Only pay for what is used
  • Concrete is made fresh to order on the job
  • Waste is close to zero
  • Supply low range concrete to high performance Rapid Set concrete
  • All-wheel drive concrete buggy

Save money and time with our concrete delivery services. We can help you get your concrete mixed, whether it’s a short load concrete order or a large concrete order. We make just enough for your project and charge you for what is mixed.

Many other companies tell customers to order at least 10% more than they need just in case they run short. This can be costly to the customer. This is not how we work, and we can determine exactly what you need, so you’re not over-charged and you don’t have any extra concrete.

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ISS Astronauts are Studying Concrete in Microgravity

International Space Station“It is no longer a question of if we will need to colonize other planets, but a question of when,” says Alexandra Radlińska, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State University.

In order to give future space colonists a “concrete advantage,” Penn State researchers are collaborating with astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) to study concrete in microgravity.

Concrete is strong and durable enough to offer protection from meteorites and cosmic radiation.

What’s more, it may actually be possible to make concrete from materials that are already available on other planets, including Mars.

In order to take advantage of concrete’s potential for use in infrastructure on other planets, the research team is studying how cement, an important ingredient in concrete, solidifies when it’s not subject to gravity.

Once the team has a better understanding of how traditional, Earth-based cement solidifies in microgravity, they’ll begin exploring how to create concrete using materials indigenous to Mars.

Ultimately, the results of these studies could help determine how to create habitable structures on Mars and other planets.

The research has Earthbound implications, too. Studying the solidification of cement could help improve the environmental sustainability of Earth-manufactured concrete. Concrete is the most widely used building material on the planet—with 10 billion tons produced each year—meaning that even small improvements in its manufacturing process can have a major impact.

If you’re looking for high-quality concrete here on Earth, look no further than Bergen Mobile Concrete. We’ve been delivering concrete to customers throughout Northern New Jersey using metered mobile mixers since 1990. Call us today at (201) 797-7550 to learn more.

Dutch Architects Flood Proof Homes With Buoyant Concrete Foundations

Amsterdam HomesFlooding events are expected to become increasingly common in the coming years, according to the UK Climate Projections 2018. Over the next decade, hotter summer temperatures, rising sea levels and more extreme weather events such as flash floods will necessitate creative solutions in housing.

Dutch architects may have found one such solution by using buoyant concrete foundations to flood-proof homes.

The new houses don’t have conventional foundations anchoring them to the ground. Instead, they have air-filled concrete bases that allow them to float.

Some of the houses are designed to float all the time. They can be joined together to form floating communities that sit on top of a lake—an innovative solution to the housing shortages that plague some countries.

Other houses are amphibious. These are designed to sit on solid ground most of the time, but are able to float in the event of flooding. In the event of a flood, this feature could save homeowners thousands of dollars, as they will no longer need to make expensive foundation repairs after the water recedes.

Currently, the technology is expensive. Flood-proof houses cost about 20% more to build than conventional houses. However, they can be built on floodplain land, which tends to be cheaper, offsetting some of the cost. As the technology becomes more prevalent, the price may drop over time.

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Australian Engineers Use Polymer Rebar to Reinforce Concrete

RebarDid you know that modern concrete bridges require maintenance about once every five years, and major rehabilitation every 20 years? That’s true now, but a new type of rebar could change that in the future.

A team of engineers at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia has developed an experimental polymer rebar to reinforce concrete and improve its lifespan.

Steel rebar is typically embedded within concrete structures to give them support. However, the rebar rusts over time, and eventually the rust takes up more space than the original rebar. Rusted steel begins to push against the surrounding concrete, leading to an issue called spalling, where the concrete cracks and falls away from the main structure, thereby weakening it.

The Australian team, led by Dr. Mahbube Subhani and Dr. Kazem Ghabraie, developed a non-rusting rebar made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer and carbon. According to the engineers, the new type of rebar is stronger than steel rebar at just one-fifth of its weight.

The new rebar is also more environmentally friendly, since it requires only a quarter as much energy to manufacture.

In the Australian city of Geelong, the polymer rebar will soon be used in the construction of a pedestrian bridge. According to the Deakin University researchers, the bridge will not require any maintenance during its planned century-long lifespan. The bridge will also use eco-friendly concrete that is made using fly ash from coal combustion. Traditional cement production is a significant source of man-made carbon dioxide emissions.

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What Makes Concrete the Ideal Material for a Patio Surface?

Concrete Patio If you’re thinking about upgrading your home with a patio installation, you’re probably deciding between several different materials, including concrete, wood and paving stones. At Bergen Mobile concrete, we think concrete is the ideal material for a patio surface. Here’s why:

You’ll Enjoy It for Years

With basic maintenance and proper installation, your concrete patio can last for 30 years or more. Concrete stands up to cold temperatures, snow and rain. Unlike wood, it won’t rot or splinter, and unlike paving stones, it’s less likely to shift and need readjusting.

It’s Low-Maintenance

All you need to do to maintain your concrete patio and keep it looking nice is seal it and give it a good cleaning once every year or two. No constant touch-ups needed, so sit back, relax and enjoy your concrete patio!

You Can Choose Your Style

Concrete is also an incredibly versatile material. With stamping patterns, it can imitate brick, stone or tile. Jazz it up with geometric patterns, or stain it in a wide variety of solid colors or blended patterns—the choice is yours!

Save on Installation Costs

Concrete is one of the most economical patio materials on the market. Your design choices can increase your costs, but on average it costs $15 per square foot to install a concrete patio deck—compared to $33 per square foot for a wooden patio—according to Houselogic.com.

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Hawaii DOT Tests New Carbon-Injected Concrete Mix

Concrete PavingIn an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of road construction, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is testing a new carbon-injected concrete mix.

To test the mix, HDOT will pour about 4000 cubic feet of the carbon-injected concrete mix next to the same amount of standard concrete mix. The test will take place on an access road for the second phase of the Kapolei Interchange.

By comparing the two mixes side by side, HDOT will be able to establish specifications for the use of carbon-injected concrete in future road projects.

The carbon-injected concrete mix is made by Island Ready-Mix Concrete. The company mixes waste carbon dioxide from Hawaii Gas into the concrete using CarbonCure technology. This process traps the carbon dioxide in mineral form within the concrete, enhancing the material’s overall strength.

According to HDOT, the quantity of concrete poured in the demonstration will save about 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide. The demonstration alone will offset the carbon dioxide emissions of approximately 1600 miles of highway driving. If the carbon-injected concrete mix is more widely used, the environmental impact will be even greater.

Elemental Excelerator, a Hawaii-based startup accelerator, is supporting the project. Aki Marceau, managing director of Elemental Excelerator, says: “We are proud that Hawaii is looking at sustainable building practices to mitigate the effects of climate change.”

Hawaii Governor David Ige is glad to see his state taking the lead on sustainable road construction as well.

“As the daily baseline measurement for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere reaches the highest level in modern history, it is especially important for all of us to do all we can towards ensuring a sustainable Hawaii for future generations,” said Ige in a recent statement.

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How to Plan and Prepare for a Concrete Patio Installation

Concrete PatioThinking about installing a new concrete patio so that you and your family can enjoy spending more time outside this summer? This is a great idea, but it’s important to do some preliminary planning before you start pouring concrete. You can start designing your new patio with the suggestions below!

Figure out where you want the patio to go.

There are probably a few different places where you might install a concrete patio on your property. Many people like to put their patio in a place that’s not too far from their kitchen, especially if they like to entertain guests. You might also want to install your patio adjacent to an exterior door so that you can shade it with a retractable awning.

Determine how big the patio is going to be.

Your concrete patio can be as big or as small as you want it to be, depending on the size of your family and the amount of outdoor furniture you have. If your yard is relatively small, however, an especially large patio might overwhelm other features of your property. Ideally, your new patio should complement your existing landscaping efforts rather than distracting from them.

Obtain the proper permits.

Before installing a concrete patio, you’ll need to make sure you have the necessary permits from your local city or town. The permitting process can vary from town to town, so check with your local building department to find out exactly what you need to pour a new patio on your property. If you haven’t done this type of work on your own in the past, consider recruiting the help of a professional paving company as well.

Get your concrete from a reliable source.

Once you’ve planned out your patio and found an experienced installer, it will be time to schedule your concrete delivery. At Bergen Mobile Concrete, our metered mobile mixers are designed to make sure you never have to pay for more concrete than you need. Plus, our concrete is made fresh for each job so you can get the best possible results.

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