Concrete has been ever evolving for thousands of years with its materials slowly being improved upon, having a heavy influence on both Roman and Egyptian architecture. Around 3000 BC, Egyptians would use a mix of straw and mud to create dried bricks, along with gypsum and lime to create mortars and act as the binding agents used to build the Great Pyramids. During the height of the Roman Empire, additions of volcanic ash and animal products, such as horse hair, blood, and milk, were added to the combination to make the concrete less likely to crack. Examples include both the Colosseum and Emperor Hadrian’s Pantheon.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, their concrete method was all but forgotten, until it slowly returned in the 14th century up until the Industrial Revolution. In 1756, British engineer, John Smeaton, discovered the use of hydraulic lime in concrete along with powdered bricks as an aggregate. This method was used to build Smeaton’s Tower in Plymouth, England, the third and most well recognized Eddystone Lighthouse, also acting as a step forward in newly found lighthouse design.

Perhaps the most common type of generally used cement in the world is Portland cement, which was patented in 1824 by Joseph Aspdin. Named after Portland because it mirrored stone from a British Isle of the same name, the stone is a basic ingredient of stucco, mortar, and concrete. With several types available, Portland cement is manufactured from both clay and limestone, and hardens while reacting with water. The stone consists of

In 1889 the first reinforced concrete bridge was built in San Francisco, CA, and is still standing today. The year 1903 brought with it the first concrete skyscraper, the 16 story Ingalls Building, in Cincinnati, OH. Thirty-three years later, in 1936, the Hoover Dam was built, and is still to this day, the largest concrete structure ever built. Throughout history concrete has played an important part of our daily life, from bridges to roads to buildings. At Double S Concrete, we are proud to be a part of such a hitoric industry and to work with concrete cutting.

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