Concrete Michigan

National Block of Michigan and Ready-Mix has come a long way since 1946 when four childhood friends decided to go into business. The four veterans of World War II returned home and started a concrete block operation on a scale that resembled a cottage industry. Their inspiration came from an old immigrant Czech Farmer who was making block one at a time with a Sears Catalog purchased block mold.

What is Concrete?

Concrete is a construction material composed of cement and other cementation materials such as fly ash and slag cement made of gravels or crushed rocks such as limestone, or granite, plus a fine aggregate such as sand, water, and chemical admixtures.

It was not to long ago when deciding on a driveway material was easy: asphalt or concrete. Today, the concrete choice has expanded to include an astounding array of decorative options. Sometimes referred to as a cement driveway or as painted concrete, decorative concrete is one of the most reasonable ways to spruce up the entrance to your home.

Concrete floors has become the new material of choice for designers and homeowners across the United States. Concrete floors in stained, colored, painted, and personalized glory are popping up in retail stores, trendy restaurants, offices, and homes everywhere. A concrete floor offers numerous options for interior rooms including nearly limitless designs, colors, and even health benefits.

National Block Michigan specializes in concrete, brick, architectural block, cultured stone, natural stone, brick and masonry supplies, pavers and segmented retaining walls.

Are you thinking about putting in a patio, a driveway or a sidewalk, and you want to use concrete. Concrete typically consists of cement, rock, sand and water. In the fresh, or plastic stage, concrete is fluid. As it hardens, the cement and water begin to shrink, and the stresses created by this shrinking cannot be overcome by the small amount of strength developed by the young concrete. If you place the concrete on a windy day, the top may start to harden before the bottom, which will cause the concrete to shrink unevenly. Also, if the ground underneath the concrete is not level, there will be an unequal dragging force while the concrete shrinks, also causing stresses the new concrete cannot withstand. So, allowing National Block Michigan to handle your concrete work will require very little maintenance, and give you many years of enjoyment.

In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste and aggregates. The paste, composed of portland cement and water, coats the surface of the fine and coarse aggregates. Through a chemical reaction called hydration, the paste hardens and gains strength to form the rock-like mass known as concrete.

When you are looking for Concrete in Michigan or Cement in Michigan , let National Block take care of all of your Decorative Glass Window needs.