Exploring the Various Types of Concrete – Your Local Concrete Company Discusses Concrete and Its Uses

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Whether you require new concrete or have a restoration project in mind, Osco Mudjacking & Shotcreting Ltd. can provide the materials, knowledge, and experience to get the job done right. Although you will not implement the application process, you might still be curious about the types of concrete used for different kinds of projects. You also might be surprised to discover how many types of concrete are actually available.


Concrete being lain by contractors in Edmonton


Concrete Types

These are the main variations of concrete used today: 

  • Normal Concrete
  • High Strength Concrete
  • High Performance Concrete
  • Air Entrained Concrete
  • Lightweight Concrete
  • Self-compacting Concrete
  • Short Concrete
  • Previous Concrete
  • Roller Compacted Concrete


Concrete and its Applications

Knowing what kind of concretes are used for different projects can be useful if you are planning a project. Here is a basic overview of concrete variations, as well as their characteristics and applications:

  • Lightweight and Normal – Lightweight concrete has lower mass per unit, and it could be selected to create partition walls or for general wall insulation. Common ingredients are used to prepare normal concrete. It might be used for driveways in areas that do not experience extreme temperatures.
  • High Strength and High Performance – Both high strength and high performance concrete have a lower ratio of water to cement. Various materials are added to increase their strength or performance. A common application for high strength concrete would be in a high rise building. Due to its strength and durability, high performance concrete would likely be suitable for a project such as a bridge.
  • Air Entrained – This type of concrete holds up well in an environment that experiences freezing and thawing. It could be ideal in geographical locations that get very cold weather. It could also be applied to indoor projects such as hockey arenas and kitchens with walk-in freezers.
  • Self-compacting and Roller Compacted – Self-compacting concrete is compacted due to its own weight, so no vibration is required in its creation. It might be used to build a variety of items, from a column to a bridge. Roller compacted concrete is stiff and contains a relatively low level of cement. It may be used for such projects as urban streets or industrial facilities.
  • Pervious and Shotcrete – Pervious concrete contains voids or holes, which allow water or air to pass through them. Thus, it has the capacity to capture rainfall and reduce stormwater runoff, making it an excellent choice for applications in which environmental sustainability is an objective. Shotcrete may be impacted onto any kind of surface or shape. Shotcrete is versatile, and it may be applied to build structures such as dams, tunnels, walls, and foundations. It is also ideal for many ornamental and restorative undertakings.


At Osco Mudjacking & Shotcreting Ltd., we offer a wealth of expertise as a concrete contractor in Edmonton. We are always happy to assist you with your concrete needs, whether they are decorative, functional, or industrial.

We are one of the leading concrete companies in the Edmonton area. You can reach us today at 780-469-1234, or request an estimate online.


If you have concerns or questions, you are always welcome to call our toll-free number and talk with us at 1-866-661-OSCO (6726).

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