Are you planning to carry out a construction project in Calgary or the surrounding areas? Have you considered structural shotcrete? The benefits of shotcrete over traditional concrete are too numerous to count, and you’ll be surprised to learn just how useful this can be for you and your team.
What Is Structural Shotcrete?
Traditional concrete is poured into a mold and left to dry. This process is time-intensive, prone to failure, limited in application, and often requires numerous pieces of specialized heavy machinery. Nonetheless, it’s often seen as the standard for structural construction.
Shotcrete is entirely different. Instead of being poured as a liquid, shotcrete is fired out of a compressed air hose directly onto the foundation. It can then be smoothed out and formed so it adheres to exactly the specs you require.
What Are the Benefits?
Concrete and shotcrete may be made of largely the same components, but the drastically different application processes result in several key differences. When compared to traditional concrete, structural shotcrete:
Can easily adhere to wood, metal, and other surfaces
Can easily be used to create complex shapes
Exhibits high strength and fire resistance
Has a lower environmental footprint
Is faster to apply in new construction
Requires less formwork, planning, and labour
Requires relatively little equipment and repair
Structural shotcrete is a great choice for many construction projects. If you’re unsure if it’s right for your project, feel free to give the experts at CMC Shotcrete a call today at 403-561 6141 and we’ll be happy to discuss your options.