A.C.S. Presents: “The Mix.” Your Concrete Information Board.

Posted by | August 11, 2014 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Because concrete information is all about being in “The Mix.”

Today’s Topic: The Importance of Value Engineering.

For many, enjoying the outdoors often requires vacations and hectic travel schedules that often leave you feeling more tired and stressed after vacation than before you left for it.  You’ve invested hard earned dollars into your home; why should you have to leave to find relaxation?  The Finger Lakes are one of nature’s finest playgrounds, so instead of trying to get away from it all, why not invite family and friends to your own personal getaway located right at home?  Sweeping vistas, pristine waters and diverse flora and fauna provide the perfect backdrop for the seemingly endless leisure cruises, music festivals and waterside parties that highlight activity in the Finger Lakes region.  From lakeside retreats and outdoor kitchens, to hard-scapes and custom walls, concrete’s versatility provides the foundation for any and all of your decorative design needs so that you can turn vacation, into “stay-cation.”




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Conesus Lake waterside outdoor kitchen featuring concrete countertops, hand-carved concrete stone and barn wood veneer, and an acid stained slate textured concrete patio.

     Of course, upon hearing lakeside retreat, outdoor kitchen, or custom anything, one might question the affordability of such a project.  To that end, we offer the following industry term: “value-engineering.”  Value engineering, as explained on ConcreteNetwork.com, refers to pursuing home improvement ideas that “reduce cost, improve the final product, and are easier to maintain” (http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/decorative/value.html), and few building materials on the market today are able to beat the value-engineering characteristics of concrete.

     A key tenet to value engineering is long term cost reduction.   Pavers for example, often become loose and need resetting, causing dangerous tripping hazards.  Resetting and replacing pavers on a consistent basis is both financially stressful and time consuming.  By contrast, decorative concrete requires no resetting and offers superior resistance to water and foot traffic.  Decorative concrete also requires less maintenance and offers time proven durability (both the Ancient Egyptians with the Pyramids and the Chinese with the Great Wall used crude versions of concrete to construct their respective “Ancient Wonders”; http://www.auburn.edu/academic/architecture/bsc/classes/bsc314/timeline/timeline.htm).

     “Green building” is a term that the Ancients did not have, however, construction in modern times must be mindful of its meaning.  “Green-building” refers to the concept of meeting current construction demands while looking to preserve future resource needs.  Any material that is environmentally friendly from production to destruction is a material that should be looked at for all future building needs.  Concrete is made from all natural materials, mostly Portland cement, sand, stone aggregates, ash and water, and as such should be viewed as best friend to both the builder and the environment.  Reducing long term environmental cost is a task for all humanity to undertake, therefore considering concrete for your next home improvement is not only beneficial to your long-term personal finances, but is generationally responsible as well.  For further reading on the “green-building” aspect of concrete, I invite you to check out ConcreteNetwork.com’s article: http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/greenbuildinginformation/what_makes.html.

     Improvement of the final product and low maintenance are the final aspects of value-engineering where concrete excels relative to other building materials.  According to the following report, properly installed and maintained concrete structures may have a lifespan of 1,000+ years (https://www4.uwm.edu/cbu/Papers/2003%20CBU%20Reports/REP-506.pdf).  That is not to say that concrete is guaranteed to last a millenium, however, any product that has that kind of lifespan potential carries with it inherently low maintenance.  And considering concrete is competitively priced against nearly any other building material, it becomes quite difficult to find a better product on the market.

Interested in learning more about concrete for your next home improvement idea?  Give us a call at 585-479-1799, or email at Info@ArchitecturalConcreteSolutions.com, and let Architectural Concrete Solutions discuss the many benefits on concrete with you.


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