Does your building have a poured concrete foundation? If it does, then you know you are living in the best possible kind of building. Concrete foundations are a mark of superiority in construction practice these days. However, not all buildings have it – in fact, mostly commercial structures get this treatment. These are mostly public spaces -offices, warehouses, hospitals, schools, municipal buildings, etc. Poured concrete foundations and walls add up to a much safer and reliable building. But this is only scratching the surface of benefits of poured concrete walls.
Sound isolation is always the issue in communal spaces, especially with communal living. The biggest reason this has become an issue on a state level is due to the fact that densities of urban dwellings are only increasing. The complaints about the noise are becoming more frequent across the board. Low-quality buildings are adding to the issue – to cut the costs and time to build, many communal apartment buildings have walls that appear to be made of plaster and low-density materials. Sound-wise, it makes you feel you are separated from your neighbors by nothing but the cardboard. Concrete walls are the first important step that leads to the high-quality isolation of sound. Of course, it doesn’t only rely on material that makes the wall, but noise control and soundproofing are best achieved with concrete.
Fire and water
Many of the new materials used to separate apartments are cheap but they can also be flammable. Concrete doesn’t have this problem and it doesn’t emit toxic fumes. To drive this point home even further, concrete doesn’t produce smoke and it cannot melt once affected by a residential fire. It is, as far as construction practice is concerned, “fireproof”. Additionally, the concrete cannot leak water. If the kitchen sink in the neighbor’s apartment is malfunctioning, you won’t get the stain or permanent damage on your side of the wall. Having a poured concrete foundation in the building and walls adds more strength to the entire network of pipes and lessens the probability of malfunctions and bursts.
Concrete requires almost no maintenance since it resists, as mentioned above, fire and water. Additionally, concrete is not susceptible to decay by rot, mold, mildew and cannot be infested by insects and other germ-carrying “residents”. You can paint it, drill it and further customize aspects of it, which makes it perfect for various projects and designs. Additionally, fast and reliable tilt up construction is cost-effective method technique that gets the job done in no-time. However, it requires additional retrofits in the case you live in the region of seismic activities, but benefits are significant and, with the retrofit taken into consideration, it pays off in both financial and temporal terms.
Strenght and design
Concrete framing makes your building resilient to all environmental threats. It is one of the oldest and most reliable construction practices. Concrete walls and foundations can last through huricanes, storms, floods and even earthquakes. The keyword related to concrete is malleability. This is why it is also design-flexible – since it starts as a liquid, it can take any shape and architects and designers who are hired to make a building with specific aesthetic and shape in mind are the happiest when dealing with concrete. Construction techniques allow for quick but concise and specific structural progress, which makes it easy to see results and reassess the design.
When looking for a place to live or do business, people want one thing – safety. This umbrella term covers several important characteristics one expects from the building – integrity, strength, security, reliability, etc. In order to feel confident you are utilizing the space in the building that has all these attributes, just check if the building has poured concrete foundations and walls.