MIT Students Create Stronger Concrete from Plastic Bottles

Chicago Columbian Exposition’s Influence on Silver Plated Flatware Design

According to a study published in the Journal of Waste Management, MIT students found a way to produce concrete 20 percent sturdier than regular concrete. The group of student engineers discovered that when plastic from regular soda bottles was exposed to gamma radiation, it created a powerful substance which, when crushed, could be added to… Read more »

Leaf, Acorn and Pinecone Stains: Getting the Marks of Fall Off Your Driveway

Stains on Concrete

The majority of driveways are surfaced with either concrete or asphalt to make a durable surface. As we’ve covered, concrete is an excellent driveway surface material that will last for many years. The lighter color of concrete, however, does make it susceptible to organic stains from things like leaves, acorns and pinecones that fall off… Read more »

Three Advantages of Concrete Counters

Concrete Countertop

Concrete countertops are an increasingly popular choice, not just for kitchens, but also baths and other areas of the home. Not only does concrete look great, but it also offers a range of additional benefits for buyers. Let’s take a closer look at three of the leading advantages of choosing concrete for your next project…. Read more »

High Heat + Low Humidity = Poor Concrete – Here’s Why

Summer Concrete Pouring

Summer is the time when many home and commercial construction projects are planned. After all, winter weather in many areas can severely limit opportunities for construction activity. Despite the fact that summer provides a good opportunity and better weather for many projects, it may also bring some climate-related challenges. High heat coupled with low humidity,… Read more »

Concrete Garage Floor Sealers: Pros and Cons of the Major Options

Concrete Garage Floor

One of the best ways to ensure that the concrete floor in your garage looks its best and lasts for a long time is by sealing it. There are a variety of different concrete floor sealers that you can use in your garage to protect it, each of which offers distinctive advantages and disadvantages. Here… Read more »

Spring Sealing: When and Why to Seal or Reseal Your Driveway

Sealing a Concrete Driveway

If you have a concrete driveway, the springtime is the best time to have it sealed. Whether you just had your concrete driveway poured last year or you’ve had it for quite some time now, sealing your driveway helps to protect it from the elements and help it to last longer overall. Applying fresh sealing… Read more »

The Strength of Concrete: Reliable at Home and at War

American soldiers have access to all kinds of technologically advanced weapons. From tanks to rockets to rifles, there are plenty of offensive and defensive options at their disposal. Yet, according to Major John Spencer, writing in an article published by the Modern War Institute at West Point, the most effective “weapon” on the modern battlefield… Read more »