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Bird's-Eye View: The Science Behind Construction And Contracting


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Bird's-Eye View: The Science Behind Construction And Contracting

Hi! I'm AJ and I have an unusual hobby. I love abseiling down buildings - legally, of course. It is a growing tourist activity and I have been lucky enough to try it in many parts of the world. When you are on top of a building and then making your descent, you really have time to admire the overall construction and materials used. It is actually mind-boggling to think about the builders and machines who have put together such amazing architecture. I've been reading quite a few books lately about construction techniques and I'm quite in awe of the science involved. I hope that you find the science behind construction as fascinating as I do. Thank you for your time.

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Three Concrete Options For Pool Decks

Pool decking needs to withstand harsh chemicals and be kind to bare feet while providing a slip-resistant finish. Concrete fulfils all of these criteria, and you can customise it in virtually limitless ways to create a beautiful environment. Here are several decorative options.

The Freedom Of Stamped Concrete

If you want your pool surrounds to look like flagstone, slate, travertine or brick, then stamped concrete is an ideal option. Contractors apply stains and dry-shake colours to mimic natural organic tones, and then use stamps or texture mats to recreate the appearance of rock. While it looks like the real thing, your deck will have all the benefits of concrete and also allow you to colour match the surface with your home's architecture and the environment. Easy to install and maintain, concrete decking can complement other finishes such as exposed aggregate or broomed concrete for a seamless design across your entire garden.

The Beauty Of Exposed Aggregate

Exposed aggregate is perfect for pools because of its textured non-slip nature. By using pebbles and other aggregates in assorted colours and sizes, you can create a range of attractive finishes. Pick up hues from the landscape and incorporate river stones and rocks that will enhance the scenery. By selecting particular rock shapes to embed within the cement, you define the surface's texture, making it comfortable for bare feet while offering traction. For added interest, contrast the textured surface with areas of smooth concrete.

The Versatility Of Concrete Pavers

Rather than pouring the concrete on-site around the pool, you can install pre-cast concrete pavers, which are similarly durable and chlorine and salt resistant. They can be square-shaped, hexagon, round or any form you desire. Whether you want a smooth, sleek surface in dark steel-grey or a warm, rustic, earthy look, you can customise the surface to achieve the effect you want.

Pavers can mimic natural stone, brick or other materials. Because water seeps into the crevices between each one, the decking will stay cooler underfoot, which is essential on a hot day. Pool builders can also customise your decking with a seat wall or planters, using the same pavers. A particular benefit is that you can replace individual ones if you need to get underneath the surface for plumbing repairs or any other reason. If you extend the pool surrounds in the future, it will be easy to custom match the pavers to the rest of the environment also.