Floating Concrete Steps

What does floating concrete mean? How is it different from usual concrete? What is the purpose of using floating concrete in construction?

These are some of the most commonly asked questions from the team of Coalsce whenever we have a consulting session.

Ofcourse, the floating concrete doesn’t magically float, yet there is something different about it that gives it the name “the floating concrete”. Let’s begin with the difference between it and usual concrete.

Concrete is a composite material widely used in construction industry because of its magnificent qualities that make it perfect for such use. To sum up quickly, it is durable, weather resistant, environment friendly and affordable.

What is floating concrete?

This type of concrete is basically a mixture of different fluids that make up of density less than water. This enables the construction of floating structures such as floating concrete steps. This technique helps to reduce the consumption of land to build a structure. You may have also heard of the term “concrete float”. This is a tool used to give a finishing touch to a usual concrete surface by making it smooth. It is applied right after the surface has been leveled with a screed. This solution of floating concrete will not only overcome the imperfections of the original surface but will also compact the concrete as preparation for further steps.

What is the purpose of using floating concrete?

Floating concrete steps and slabs used in the foundation usually, behave as shield that stops the entrance of moisture coming from the ground. This also insulates the structure, protecting it from seepage of water and frosting.

What are the properties of floating concrete?
Low density

As discussed previously, this type of concrete is made of a solution of fluids that make up density less than water. This gives them the advantage of being light in weight. Thus, they require minimal supporting structures and foundation, and they allow a bazillion design possibilities. Despite having millions of small air-filled cells, this material is quite strong and durable.

Sound barrier

Floating concrete is highly appropriate for partition walls, roofing and panels in auditorium. As it works as an efficient sound barrier, it can be used for acoustic solutions.

Resistance to earthquakes

Their low density plays a huge role in this area as well. As they are much lighter than brick and concrete, they have more resistance against earthquakes.

Insulation

It has enhanced insulation properties compared to bricks and concrete; thus, it reduces the expenses of additional heating and cooling appliances.

Water resistance

They’re closed cellular structure allows them to become water resistant. Therefore, they do not necessitate plasters and water repellent paint suffices.

Cost effective (requires less material)

Light weight concrete means reduction of structural elements, less reinforcing steel and reduced volume of concrete. Thus, it reduces the dead weight of filler walls by more than 50% compared to bricks.

Whether it be construction based on floating concrete or usual concrete, Coalesce specializes for efficient services in this industry. Our experience and expertise of all materials and techniques has allowed us to satisfy our customers with effective services. If you’re looking for a reliable construction service, just give us a call! Our experts will be more than happy to help.