There are several types of concrete walls that most people see every day. Thanks to the introduction of more advanced methods of building concrete walls such as the invention of reinforced concrete (i.e. concrete reinforced with steel beams), the world as we know it is possible. Structures can be safely built larger than ever before. In addition, structures built with reinforced concrete are less likely to fail in the event of inclement conditions, such as an earthquake or fires. Retaining walls effectively hold back loose material, thus allowing for more advanced and safer transportation in addition to further protecting basements from collapsing under the pressure of surrounding loose materials. Not all concrete walls are load-bearing. In other words, not all concrete walls ensure that something either does not fall down or collapse. A few types of non-load-bearing concrete walls include concrete partition walls and fire walls.
Reinforced concrete walls
Reinforced concrete may be one of the most important types of material available for construction on buildings, bridges, dams, retaining walls, tunnels, and drainage facilities. A few benefits of reinforced concrete walls are easy to understand:
1. Reinforced concrete has notable compressive strength and is cost-effective
2. Reinforced concrete can increase fire safety and decrease structural water damage
3. Reinforced concrete is low-maintenance
4. Reinforced concrete has a long service life
5. Concrete can be cast into different shapes such as arches and shells
Reinforced concrete can also successfully be installed by workers with less advanced training than those working with steel alone.
A retaining wall is a structure built for the purpose of holding back loose material, such as sediment or loose rocks. One example of retaining walls that most people have seen is retaining walls used along highways where the highway is cut into a steep slope. Retaining walls are also commonly used in basement walls, culverts, and bridge abutments.
Firewalls and noise reduction
Reinforced concrete walls are commonly used in office buildings, hotels, and apartment complexes to increase safety and decreased noise in addition to adding to the overall structural integrity of the building. In many structures where there are hundreds of inhabitants, fire safety is a paramount issue. In the event of a fire, it is best for the fire to be contained. As an added plus, inhabitants tend to add a higher value to a property that has walls that drastically reduce bothersome noise.
Although not typically seen, drainage systems are largely responsible for preventing mass flooding every time it rains in an urban area. Unlike rural areas mostly comprised of plants and dirt that can absorb rainfall, urban areas are covered with more non-porous materials, such as concrete and asphalt. Drainage systems are designed to ensure that displaced rainwater does not regularly flood parked cars, structures, and roadways.
Why reinforced concrete walls are so popular in a nutshell
Reinforced concrete combines the best attributes of concrete and steel. The advantages of each material seem to compensate for the disadvantages of the other. In addition, the two materials blend well together due to a chemical bond. Due to the invention of reinforced concrete, structures are able to be built higher and with better safety standards.
Parker Concrete, a concrete company located in Portland and Daniel Loone have begun a series of helpful articles to better inform the public about the different kinds of concrete projects you can do around your home.