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For homeowners, there are things you need to know to choose the right concrete for your project. Concrete is composed of water, cement, coarse aggregate (such as stone or gravel), and fine aggregate (such as sand). At times, recycled material, often called slag, can be substituted and will cause various effects on the hardened properties. In addition, admixtures may be used as a supplement to reduce cure time, increase strength, or change properties. There are various proportions of the main ingredients, and these create the wide range of types of concrete.
Water to cement ratio is made up of the weight of water to the weight of cement used in the mixture. This is important and can negatively affect your quality if it is substandard. Water to cement ratios can range from 0.4 to 0.6, and lower water-cement ratios are typically used for a greater strength of the concrete. Weather also plays a role in the process. Interior concrete will not typically be exposed to natural environmental changes, so it has less tendency to split or crack. The difference is the finish of the concrete. If you finish exterior concrete too early, in other words before the water can rise to the top, you could trap the water and inadvertently set the stage for more surface problems.