How long does concrete last
A durable material helps the environment by preserving resources, reducing waste, and the impacts of repair and replacement within the environment.
Concrete can resist weathering action, chemical attack, abrasion, and maintaining its engineering properties.
Concrete need different degrees of durability according to its exposure within the environment and its desired properties.
Concrete components, proportioning and interactions between them, placing and curing practices, and the service environment define the maximum durability and life of the concrete.
Most buildings last 50 to 100 years. Concrete and masonry buildings are demolished because of functional obsolescence rather than deterioration. But a concrete structure is repurposed when a building interior is renovated.
Concrete , as a structural material has the capacity to withstand nature’s normal deterioration and natural disasters.
Concrete is resistant to deterioration. Moisture can only enter a building through joints between concrete elements. When moisture enter the joints, the concrete will not damage.
The ultraviolet part of solar radiation does not damage concrete. Colored pigments on concrete retains the color in aesthetic elements such as floors and walls, after painting have faded, because of the sun’s radiation.
Insects and vermin cannot damage concrete because it is inedible. Softer materials are inedible but are prone to insects.
Concrete is resistant to natural environments and chemicals. It is regularly used for the construction of wastewater transportation and treatment because it can resist corrosion caused by aggressive contaminants.
Concrete can resist the abrasive effects of ordinary weather. Severe abrasion and erosion are particles in moving water and floating ice. Abrasion resistance is related to the strength of the concrete.
Studies find that with severe abrasion, concrete with compressive strengths of 12,000 to 19,000 pounds per square inch perform well.
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