What Are The Different Types Of Concrete?

Not many people think that there is much to concrete. Isn’t it just the stuff we pour down to make our roads, buildings, and driveways? Is there really more than one type of concrete in Australia? Well, do we have news for you! 

What are the different types of concrete? 

There are five different kinds of concrete that we will run through. All have different purposes and functions to be used for a range of tasks.  

First, we have plain concrete. This is the most popular type of concrete, and of course, for a good reason. It is easy to use, sleek and simple and can be utilised in any home or project. People love plain concrete because it is classic. We know it works, will last a lifetime and is so versatile in its use.  

Coloured concrete is the same. Long-lasting and durable, but just jazzed up! There are a range of concrete shades and colours these days, so if grey doesn’t tickle your fancy, try one of the many colours on offer today. By mixing your colour with the concrete, you create a coloured product that will last over time in weather conditions without fading.  

Polished concrete is when after pouring and setting the mixture, it is ground back, cutting into the aggreges to differing depth to give different finishes. The degree to which you grind exposes a different level of the concrete. By combining the right colour additives, the creation can be your own. This is popular around pools and entertaining areas.  

The next type of concrete type we have is exposed aggregate concrete, which is starting to make its way up the ladder to compete with plain concrete in popularity. Exposed aggregate is fantastic because it gives you variations in textures and colours, making your project stand out. Aggregate works by mixing stones, pebbles or even shells into the concrete mix and laying it on your surface. When sanded back, the mixed textures and additions are exposed. You can tailor your mixture to your own likings and style. We love this style in pathways or entertainment areas.  

Finally, lightweight concrete is a mixture of lightweight coarse aggregates like clay or slate. It gives it a low-density characteristic making it ideal for building modern structures. Lightweight concrete has a higher water content than traditional concrete. They are commonly used for load-bearing walls, bridges and sewer systems.  

Choosing the right type of concrete 

It is crucial to your project’s success that you choose the right kind of concrete for your needs. Once you have a plan for what you want to do, i.e. fill in your driveway or lay down a new slab for your entertaining area, think about your budget. Are you willing to pay for the best quality materials to ensure long-lasting, high-quality work? Then what kind of style do you want? Have another read of the many concrete types and pick what you think will look best for your project. 

At Midland Mini Crete, we will save you time, money and doubts about all things concrete. We offer ready mix concrete, pre-mixed concrete, coloured concrete, and we deliver in Perth! If you need a push in the right direction, head over to our concrete calculator to work how much concrete you will need. Our friendly staff will help you with the price and answer any questions you may have. Either send us a message through the website for a quote, give us a call on (08) 9250 2322 or visit us on 30 Stanhope Gardens, Midvale, WA 6056. If you are looking for the best concrete suppliers in Perth, get in contact.