A cement company in Oregon has found a way to produce flexible-bendable concrete. The number of applications for flexing concrete is astounding, but what about around the home? Did you know you can get this plyable cement and mix it up yourself? You can use it for all kinds of things around the house and it will help prevent the concrete from cracking as trees grow older and their root systems push the concrete up. Have a look at Native Concrete & Sidewalk.
Flexible concrete is a little bit more expensive than regular concrete, and when mixing it you have to do a couple of extra steps, but it’s not as hard as you might think. You can barely tell the difference between plyable concrete when it’s next to regular concrete. In the case of an earthquake, you’ll be able to tell right away as the regular concrete will crack and a bendable concrete will still be intact after the shaking stops.
If you live in earthquake country bendable-concrete makes a lot of sense. However, if you live in a neighborhood with older trees, this new type of concrete might be just the answer you’re looking for.
The bendable-concrete meets all the parameters for strength that regular concrete does, and it’s only a little bit more expensive.
The Department of Transportation has done studies on bendable-concrete and it is quite durable over long periods of time as well. I think in the future we will see more and more flexible concrete in our civilization and it will be used on roads, runways, and sidewalks around buildings and homes; perhaps, in your neighborhood as well. Please consider all this.