Progress …

Our new SAFT making good progress.

Soon we will be installing 25000 m2 FM2 class floors.

Conserv group concrete floors in progress

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Project completed at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch.

It is always heartwarming to please a customer and “fix” unsafe and unsightly concrete flooring.

Seen below are the photos before and after….

Repair work completed on Concrete Floor areas outdoors. This was done with an aggregate mix, smoothed and polished.

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So right with White part 2…

Following up on our test sample for the white concrete… on June 11th 2018 we introduced the test sample.

What we did not mention was that it is not only white concrete… we added a secret component, and we think it turned out great.!

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white concrete 30mm overlay with 13mm blue Hornfell aggregate

 

What do you think of it?

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So right with white…

Seen below is our experiment with white concrete, freshly poured and waiting to dry. Once dry, we will grind and polish it to perfection.

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Although white cement has been around for along time, it is only comparatively recently that designers have begun to use it to achieve the striking color effects that white concrete can so ably supply. The product’s major asset, aside form its striking architectural beauty, is its ability to remain white throughout its life. White concrete, obviously, is not a surface treatment that can deteriorate with age.

Experimentation can give big rewards since the color can serve either as a blank unobtrusive background, or be made to create an entirely new overall color effect. It is here that the use of pigments has its main value; a white cement is always preferable as the basis for a colored matrix, both because it is uniform in color to begin with (and therefore makes sample and remix matching easier), and because it allows a larger range of colors to be obtained.

Conserv Group white concrete

Is dirt accumulation a bit of a problem…? NO WORRIES… the experts say proper clean-up inside and proper drainage outside should take care of normal dirt or contamination troubles.  Indoors, the recommended treatment for white concrete surfaces is simply a daily sweeping, damp mopping once a month, and scrubbing with a clean rotary machine every two or three months.

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Look out for our next post where we show the Finished Polished White Concrete.

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180 Degrees Concrete Floor Services
A division of Conserv Group Conrete
Cape Town
South Africa

A World Famous Mistake

Most of us know about the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Right.?

A freestanding bell tower, containing 7 bells and 8 floors, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. The tower is situated behind the Pisa Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in the city’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo), after the cathedral and the Pisa Baptistry.

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Some of you may guess that it leans because the foundation was too soft on the one side.? That is correct.  The tower began to sink after construction had progressed to the second floor. This was due to a mere three-metre foundation, set in weak, unstable clay subsoil, a design that was flawed from the beginning. Construction was halted for almost a century, because the Republic of Pisa was almost continually engaged in battles with Genoa, Lucca, and Florence. This allowed time for the underlying soil to settle, lucky for the tower. Otherwise, it would most certainly have toppled over, and then there would NOT have been such a world famous mistake for all to see.

These days, having learnt from mistakes such as these, foundations we build are deeper, stronger and consist primarily of concrete and steel.
No more leaning towers!  

Other interesting facts about the Leaning Tower of Pisa: 

Building work began in 1173, the process by which the leaning tower of Pisa had transformed into the monument as we know it today was long and drawn out. In fact, it took over 800 years from start to finish – probably the longest construction time in the world!  That is a long time for an 8 floor building.! Actual time of Construction of the tower occurred in three stages over 199 years.

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internal stairwell on 7th floor

Numerous efforts have been made to restore the tower to a vertical orientation or at least keep it from falling over. Most of these efforts failed; some worsened the tilt. On February 27, 1964, the government of Italy requested aid in preventing the tower from toppling. It was, however, considered important to retain the current tilt, due to the role that this element played in promoting the tourism industry of Pisa.

A multinational task force of engineers, mathematicians, and historians gathered on the Azores islands to discuss stabilisation methods. It was found that the tilt was increasing in combination with the softer foundations on the lower side. Many methods were proposed to stabilise the tower, including the addition of 800 tonnes of lead counterweights to the raised end of the base.Conserv concrete experts Cape Town

The tower and the neighbouring cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery are included in the Piazza del Duomo UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was declared in 1987.

The tower was closed to the public on January 7, 1990, after more than two decades of stabilisation studies and spurred by the abrupt collapse of the Civic Tower of Pavia in 1989. The bells were removed to relieve some weight, and cables were cinched around the third level and anchored several hundred meters away. Apartments and houses in the path of the tower were vacated for safety. The solution chosen to prevent the collapse of the tower was to slightly straighten it to a safer angle by removing 38 cubic metres (1,342 cubic feet) of soil from underneath the raised end. The tower was straightened by 45 centimetres (17.7 inches), returning to its 1838 position. After a decade of corrective reconstruction and stabilization efforts, the tower was reopened to the public on December 15, 2001 and was declared stable for at least another 300 years. In May 2008, engineers announced that the tower had been stabilized such that it had stopped moving for the first time in its history.
Today it is still the most popular place to see in Pisa, Italy, and is considered one of the seven wonders of the middle ages. Over 1 Million people visit it each year.

We won’t all be that lucky with our construction mistakes. Make sure you get an expert to work on your concrete project. Contact the Conserv Group today for your project quote.

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Successful Completion

This beautiful polished concrete floor was a pleasure to complete.

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Woolworths Food Store at the Whale Coast Mall in Hermanus, Western Cape

We are very proud to have been associated with this project,  in conjunction with Isipani Construction.

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Attractive bathroom floors

Whether you’re thinking about a major renovation project or simply want to update your home, changing your floors is a convenient way to make a vivid change in your home. Consider your bathrooms because not only is a polished concrete bathroom non-slippery, it has many other appealing characteristics.

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So, let us take a look at some of its benefits.

Benefits of the polished concrete floor:

  • There will be no chance of dirt being trapped in the weaves.
  • It is a popular method of resurfacing cracked or stained concrete.
  • It has Unlimited design and color choices.
  • Polished concrete floors are safe and slip-resistant.
  • It allows moisture or water to vaporize and let the concrete floors take in the air naturally.
  • It will not get peeled, chipped or bubbled.
  • Polished concrete floors are of great strength and durability.
  • It does not absorb salt or oil.
  • Polished concrete floors can resist extreme temperature changes.
  • It can be cleaned easily just by using a vacuum, broom, damp or hose mop.
  • Polished concrete floors are environmentally friendly.

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A professional contractor could guide you in planning your color preferences and coordinating the colors. A professional will give you the instant ability to visualize design and colors of the choices available to you without spending so much time researching magazines and books.

Non slippery surface:

Regular cleaning of polished concrete floors is generally smoother and glossier than plain surfaces. But, those who are extra careful against slip-and-fall accidents can use anti-slip conditioners on these floors. It is because anti-slip conditioners contain some special elements to make the polished surface harmless. However, anti-slip conditioners must be applied occasionally, you can simply mop on during routine cleaning.

Reflectivity:

Polished concrete floors minimize the effects that produce urban heat. Concrete floors, roofs, and pavements absorb less heat and reflect more solar emission than dark-colored materials.

New material of choice:

Polished concrete floors with its various colors, molds, and stains have modified glory and these are popping up in walkways, grocery stores, patios, pool decks, fast food establishments, hotels, trendy restaurants, shopping malls, retail outlets, residential, offices and entryways all over the place.

To make your home appealing… give a thought to polished concrete floors.

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