Various components are used in making up concrete which includes the fine and coarse aggregates of gravel or crushed rocks and cement paste mixed with water that tends to harden and become solid over time. The fine and coarse aggregates are combined with the cement in a determined ratio which is then mixed with water to form a slurry. The reaction of the cement, aggregates, and water is usually a chemical reaction ensuring bonding of the materials which results in a stone-like material once it hardens. The chemical process involved is referred to as hydration which results in solidification and hardening. There are other additive materials that can be added to the concrete to enhance the physical characteristics of the concrete either when wet or when the stone0like material is formed.
Concrete involves various activities such as concrete cutting, concrete pouring and making of concrete patios. Once the composite materials are mixed forming a slurry, it is poured on a surface for ease of spreading before it hardens. Concrete poring usually depends on where it is being poured and the form it will be poured which is usually a secured wooden perimeter. The bulkiness of concrete makes concrete pouring tedious although locally available materials can be used in pouring it such as wheelbarrows which requires only tilting to pour it. Concrete once poured should be spread over the surface to ensure that a flat surface is formed. A design can be made on the flat surface such as by using a broom to ensure that its slipperiness is minimized when the surface is wet. Damage on the surface can be avoided through regular maintenance.
Most patios are usually made of concrete. Patio is a space outside the house that is paved for carrying out various activities such as recreation and dining. Concrete is mainly used in paving patios although there are other materials that can be used. When making patios, concrete can be patterned and designed in ways similar to those of other building materials. Mixing concrete with a base color, accent color and adding patterns makes the concrete patios look unique. The concrete prepared in such a way is long lasting, does not lose its look and is much cheaper than using other materials to make a patio.
Concrete cutting is also an activity associated with concrete. It is important to have the right tools, and protective equipment to ensure that few or no accidents arise. Tools and equipment used in concrete cutting are usually made of diamond hence the best diamond blade should be selected. A lot of dust is produced during concrete cutting hence a person should have the equipment to protect themselves from inhaling the dust.