What is Shotcrete?
At Yoder Home Services, our main goal is to serve our clients by improving their home. We are not your ordinary construction company, serving Elkhart county, Indiana and the surrounding area. We currently provide 11 home services, one of which is known as Shotcrete.
What is Shotcrete?
Shotcrete, sometimes also referred to as gunite or sprayed concrete, is a mixture of cement, water, and various aggregates up to a maximum of 10mm in size. This mixture is then projected at high velocity through a hose, usually onto a supporting base structure such as steel rods, fiber, or steel mesh.
Properties of Shotcrete
Shotcrete can contain less water and be propelled at high velocities which leads to compaction of the material. Compaction increases the strength of the concrete naturally. According to The Constructor, shotcrete can demonstrate up to 30% higher strength over traditional concrete.
Higher Density and Lower Permeability
As previously mentioned, shotcrete becomes more compact due to ingredients of the mixture and velocity, however it also increases in density. This compaction of material also leads to a decrease in permeability due to the higher density of concrete.
With concrete, as permeability increases, freeze and thaw resistance decreases. Shotcrete’s lower permeability means that it has a higher resistance to freezing and thawing events.
Wet vs. Dry Application Process of Shotcrete
Shotcrete can be applied using two different methods; a wet or dry application with the main difference being the use of water.
Why Use Shotcrete: The Advantages
Using shotcrete becomes beneficial when trying to build in hard to reach areas or underground construction as well as free formed structures.
The main advantage to shotcrete is that it saves money over traditional methods of pouring concrete in various ways.
Shotcrete uses pneumatic pressure to cover desired areas, which reduces the time and effort it would take over traditional concrete methods, which saves in labor costs.
Another advantage of using shotcrete is that there is less setup and material requirements over traditional methods. This saves money for the simple fact that less materials are needed to be able to spray.
Due to the relatively low setup time, shotcrete saves on construction time. This allows for construction to move faster and for more to get accomplished in a shorter amount of time.
As covered above, shotcrete provides advantages over traditional concrete set and pour methods. These include a higher strength and density, as well as a lower permeability and better freeze and thaw resistance.
We’re Here to Help
We look forward to helping you create the healthy home your family deserves! Yoder Home Services is located in Goshen, IN. and services Elkhart County and the surrounding areas. We offer several different home repair services, like waterproofing and foundation repair. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (574) 584-3640.