This is basically a dual purpose type of concrete that we use. On one hand, it is built to be able to hold up entire structures. On the other hand, it holds a personal design that can contribute to the overall look of the home or building. There are many different ways to mold and shape architectural concrete. A lot of the major buildings that we see around here have some form of architectural concrete exterior. That actually adds another “responsibility” to the concrete itself. It has to be able to hold up while being exposed to the elements!
Not Decorative Concrete, But It Can Decorate
The title for this paragraph was actually not particularly meant to be a riddle. It sort just turned out that way, because that is one of the only ways that we feel we can explain what architectural concrete really is. There is a difference between adding a concrete statute or any type of object that is just there to compliment the design. Even though it is made of concrete we can’t really consider that architectural concrete, because it really is not supporting weight or anything like that. That is why we say that architectural concrete technically can decorate, but its main purpose is to hold the structure together!
Making Both Ends Meet
What we are facing all of the time when we apply architectural concrete is that fine line between building a functional structure and good looking wall, ceiling or whatever. As we have mentioned the first thing that the concrete has to be able to do is be strong enough to be able to hold up. A lot of times we could make the argument that the challenge we have is to make sure that concrete remains strong enough despite the different shapes and designs that we put on it!
Good With Snow
Here in Denver, we are going to want our structures to be able to hold up through the harsh winters. When we actually talk about concrete flooring it may not be the cold’s best friend. So what can really expect from a concrete structure that is going to be asked to stand outside in the cold? Well, that is part of what we need to be careful with. For the most part, we will need to make sure that the concrete structure is not developing any cracks or anything like that. If we have moisture penetrating the concrete we can be in for a difficult situation. That is definitely something that we are going to look to avoid!
Not Just A Plain Gray Wall
We pointed this out a little while ago, but we thought it would be a good idea to reiterate it. Part of the benefit of using structural concrete is the fact that it is very easy to mold and color. It really allows the owner to have an open playbook when it comes to designing the overall look of the place. So, it is tough, but it also knows how to look good!