Lightweight Concrete vs. Normal Weight Concrete

Lightweight Concrete vs. Normal Weight Concrete

By Jason Spangler in Lightweight Concrete Concrete Information & Knowledge Base | 17 Comments

Standard concrete mixes typically use crushed natural stone as the coarse aggregate in the mix (along with Portland cement, water and sand). The actual weight may vary slightly according to local stone availability, but generally natural stone is relatively dense for its size, adding to the weight of the concrete mix. (This also adds to increased transportation and equipment costs.)

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When 20% Is the Right Depth for RH Testing

By Jason Spangler in Relative Humidity (RH) Testing Concrete Information & Knowledge Base | 4 Comments

In the past few decades in the building industry, concrete moisture testing has seen some significant changes in both methodology and technology that have ultimately worked to improve the understanding and best practices of the building and flooring industries.

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The Dramatic Beauty and Strength of Tigerwood

By Larry Loffer in Tree / Wood Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 45 Comments

With trees growing up to a height of 80 feet or more, it can be found in the top canopy of forests as well as the lower story and has no special soil requirements. In fact, its growing popularity has led to export restrictions in Africa from some regions to limit over-cutting and excessive logging.

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Bamboo Flooring Problems & Types of Bamboo Flooring

By Tony Morgan in Flooring Types Wood Division Knowledge Base | 40 Comments

Bamboo has risen dramatically in popularity for wood flooring for both aesthetic and environmental reasons. It can be regrown very quickly, provides a range of colors and looks, and grows in almost any climate.

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6 Outside Sources for Concrete Moisture

By Jason Spangler in Troubleshooting Floor Failures Concrete Information & Knowledge Base | 2 Comments

Concrete, like the majority of building materials, constantly interacts with the conditions around it. Temperature, humidity, and other factors all have an impact on the internal moisture levels in concrete – even when it has been deemed “dry” or has been successfully finished with a flooring or sealant. Problems can occur when external sources of […]

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Best Conditions for Faster Drying Concrete Times

By Jason Spangler in The Rapid RH® Concrete Moisture Test Drying Concrete Slabs Concrete Information & Knowledge Base | 4 Comments

When planning a building project’s timelines, inherently, the time allotted for drying concrete seems to be one of the issues that affect many of the finish tradesmen late in the building process. A variety of factors can influence the drying process and slow it down to the point of serious cost and inconvenience to the flooring […]

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What Is Kiln Drying? The Reasoning Behind Drying Wood

By Tony Morgan in Forest Products Industry Information for Lumber Companies & Kiln Dryers | 23 Comments

Kiln drying is a standard practice in wood production mills and serves to efficiently bring green lumber moisture levels down to “workable” range–moisture content levels that will not end in the myriad of problems that can be caused by excess moisture levels in wood. These problems include warping and twisting in dimensional lumber, binding or […]

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Managing Moisture Between the Flooring and the Concrete Slab

By Jason Spangler in Subfloor Moisture Concrete Information & Knowledge Base | 119 Comments

Water is an inherent part of the hydration process of concrete. However, allowing excess moisture to leave the slab after it’s poured is crucial to a successful flooring installation. Once the slab is poured, the excess moisture must leave the slab in order to strengthen the concrete bond. The slab must also dry to a […]

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