Durable Building Materials: Asset Recovery of Concrete Delivers New/Old Building Material

Concrete is well known as a strong building material, but did you know that demolition and asset recovery contractors can obtain a substantial return on investment (ROI) for concrete when it’s sold for recycling? In this blog we take a look at how concrete is more durable than other building materials. We also discuss how Portland asset recovery contractors (including Elder Demolition) can assist with concrete recycling.

The Durability of Concrete. The durability of a building material is defined by its ability to resist different environmental elements such as rain, snow, ice, traffic, and other forms of moisture.

Concrete is a very durable building material but there are many aspects that one must take into consideration when determining what exact type of concrete to use in construction. One is the environment. Different concretes have unique circumstantial requirements. For example, concrete that will be used in an aqueous environment will have a different chemical composition than concretes designed for foot traffic on sidewalks.

A durable material is generally more earth-friendly, because it lasts longer, staying out of the landfill and conserving natural resources.

Benefits of Concrete. There are several factors that make concrete an ideally durable building material. Concrete is especially resistant to wind-driven rain and high humidity, including the moist air in hot, humid tropical locations. Concrete itself is impermeable to wind and rain (including wind driven rain), but moisture can come in through the joints. For this reason, joints should be inspected and maintained frequently. Permeating moisture will not damage the concrete itself, but it will weaken the overall structure.

Additional benefits of concrete include:
• Its resistance to ultraviolet light;
• The fact that it is inedible by wildlife and vermin;

• Its ability to withstand freezing and thawing cycles; and
• Its resistance to many types of exposure, including chemical resistance in extreme environments.

Return on Investment. The future is bright for concrete. Overall, 2014 was a strong year for the construction segment, so it’s not surprising that concrete fared well, too. According to some studies, concrete use grew by 7.9% in 2014 and projections for 2015 and 2016 are even larger. This increase should bring the volume of Portland cement used in the US to over 100 million tons in 2016, up from 86.1 million tons used this year. This growth will occur as a result of labor market gains, increased consumer wealth, and low consumer debt.

The immediate future looks positive for building in general and for concrete. Demolition and asset recovery firms can help contractors capitalize on the increasing value of concrete. Elder Demolition has the right equipment to recover worth from concrete. Our concrete crusher can grind concrete into gravel to be reused or sold for future construction projects. Commercial and industrial demolition sites yield large amounts of concrete—sometimes thousands of tons. Rather than shelling out funds to transport this concrete to the landfill, contractors can recycle it, often on site, keeping thousands of tons of concrete out of landfills every year. Concrete recycling has the added bonus of reducing the environmental footprint of the construction site. Projects may even be able to score LEED Certification points by recycling concrete.

How Elder Demolition can Help. We are experts in Portland asset recovery. Let us process and recycle the concrete on your demolition site. Our crusher can save you time and energy, to help you stay on schedule and on budget. Call us today to learn more about our concrete recycling services.

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