The process of housing construction must use concrete as the basic material of its construction. This is because the price is affordable, but has high durability. The use of concrete in building construction is intended to save on the cost of development itself. Interest in concrete eventually led to many types of concrete, one of which is lightweight concrete, better known as hebel.
What is meant by lightweight concrete? As the name implies, lightweight concrete is concrete that has a lighter density compared to concrete in general. Lightweight concrete can also be referred to as lightweight aerated concrete, where the raw material for making lightweight concrete consists of silica sand, lime, cement, water, plus the developer material which is then treated with water vapor pressure.
Unlike ordinary concrete, the weight of lightweight concrete can be adjusted as needed. In general, the weight of lightweight concrete ranges from 600 to 1,600 kg per m³. What are the advantages of lightweight concrete?
The main advantages of lightweight concrete are its specific gravity
As the name implies, lightweight concrete has advantages in weight. It has a brick-like shape, but it is like concrete. It is three times lighter when compared to traditional brick. The weight of the red brick is 1,800 kg per m³.
Lightweight concrete is easy to glue
Lightweight brick no longer requires mortar and sand like red bricks because special cement is available which can glue lightweight concrete even without sand mixture. Because without using sand. This has an effect on cleanliness. Scrap mortar and sand often pollute other areas. The work area becomes cleaner without using a mixture of sand.
Lightweight concrete panels are easy to form
Lightweight concrete beams are easily formed. The cutting process can be done quickly and accurately to meet the needs of building a house. No need to use special cutting tools, because these lightweight concrete panel beams can be cut using a saw.
The lightweight concrete panel size is very accurate
The need for lightweight concrete panels in housing construction can be calculated precisely because of its accurate size. This is because in the manufacturing process, lightweight concrete uses special machines that produce uniform sizes between lightweight concrete panels with one another.
In addition, the form of lightweight concrete panels that are easily adapted to the needs also allows its use to be carried out as much as possible. So that the possibility of remaining lightweight and unused concrete blocks at the end of the construction of the house can be minimized.
Lightweight and fire resistant lightweight concrete
Lightweight concrete panels are also resistant to heat and fire because they have a low specific gravity, are soundproof, durable, strong but lightweight, and earthquake resistant. In addition, lightweight concrete is also safe and comfortable because it has several other properties, namely anti-insect, anti-fungal, and does not experience brittle, bent, rusty, or corrosion.
With all its advantages, lightweight concrete is increasingly popular and is widely used for building construction. Are you interested in using lightweight concrete for your dream home?