Concrete is an inexpensive, quick and durable way to complete many construction projects. However, there are advantages and disadvantages associated with this material. For example, while concrete becomes stronger and more durable with time, it is susceptible to water and freezing temperatures, meaning that water can seep into cracks and cause damage to the concrete.
There are many benefits associated with using concrete in construction projects including the fact that the material can be molded into any shape and used for just about any function. If it is reinforced with steel, concrete can also be used to create solid, earthquake-proof structures. Repairs are easily done by spraying additional material onto the concrete or filling in cracks and divots with new material. The material can also be used in hard-to-reach locations.
Concrete is porous, which makes it susceptible to staining and molding issues. For this reason, many concrete slabs are finished much like granite. This is especially true if the material is used indoors. Concrete expands and contracts along with moisture and temperature conditions, making it possible for cracks to form if the concrete is not laid using proper contraction joints. The material is also heavy, which makes it impractical for some jobs.