Concrete is strong, rigid, durable, water tight, disposable, recyclable and fire resistant. Perhaps its best attribute is that it can be molded into virtually any shape.
In a competition of building materials, concrete rates as one of the most environmentally friendly, durable, economical, energy efficient and time tested of them all.
If a septic tank fails and causes the treatment system to malfunction, the repercussions are far greater than the price of the tank. If a water cistern allows contaminates to infiltrate, the outcome could be catastrophic. This is why warrantees based on "replacement cost" and "money-back guarantees", claims made by competitive products, are meaningless. The designer, specifier and end-user need the assurance that a product has a known track-record, a history of success, before the purchase is made. Concrete products are used throughout the world. Contractors know how to use them, regulators and designers trust them. They have a reputation that spans history.
Have you ever seen a 100 year old piece of plastic?
Do plastic products in your everyday life last 30 yrs.? 20 yrs.? 10 yrs.?
Concrete production isn't about a wheelbarrow and a shovel anymore. Today's manufacturers use properly specified materials, computerized batching, a range of chemical admixtures and controlled production environments to produce consistently high quality, high strength, and durable concrete.
The concrete manufactured in our member's plants today is better than ever. Even that which was produced just 20 years ago. That is why today's concrete is viewed by most experts as 'amazing' and as the building material of choice.