Concrete Walls from Colonial Concrete Stand the Test of Time

Concrete walls are functional, durable, and can enhance a property’s look and value. They are functional; provide good insulation and sound-proofing. There are many advantages to concrete walls, and you should seriously consider using them in your construction project:

Doesn’t Require Drywall
Drywall installation leaves a fine coat for dust and grit all over through the finishing process. Cast-in-place is a method of preparing concrete walls that is traditionally used for basement foundations and commercial buildings. The Portland Cement Association, reports that form manufacturers have started using this method for above-ground walls erected in homes. It uses a mold made of plywood, aluminum or steel to form a wall shape. Steel bars are placed inside the mold as reinforcement before the concrete is poured into the mold. After the concrete hardens, the mold is removed and a layer of foam insulation is affixed on either side or sometimes both sides of the concrete. Form liners are applied to the wall to add an architectural element. Plaster is used to cover the interior wall before it receives a coat of paint. The insulation and plaster applications are used in place of drywall, which is not needed.

Moldable and Easy to Accomodate Architectural Designs
An advantage of using a concrete wall, like one made of autoclaved aerated concrete, is that it can be molded and cut to accommodate architectural dimensions. This type of innovative concrete and mortar provide contractors more design options for constructing walls in homes and buildings. It’s comprised of very fine grains of sand, cement and a natural expansion element that allows concrete to expand much like dough rises. As it expands, small air pockets form in the cement that makes it easier to cut and form into different shapes to secure wall panels as well as floors and roofs.

Energy Efficient Design
Certain concrete walls, such as an insulated concrete form (ICF), not only serve as a solid structure, but also are energy-efficient. These walls either are built with polystyrene blocks piled and locked or using planks joined together with multiple metal ties. Concrete is poured on both sides of the structure to create an added layer of insulation that resists external moisture and maintains internal temperatures. Drywall is then fastened to the cement with screws.
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