Understanding the Different Types of Road and Pavement Treatments

Defining the Terms Used for Different Pavement Treatments Road and pavement treatments are a lot more complicated than many people realize. Though pavement might seem simple, it takes a lot of work to make and maintain. There are seals, asphalt mixtures, and dozens of treatment approaches. With so many different techniques, it may be hard […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Crushed Stone Grades

Confused By How Crushed Stone Is Graded? Read This Guide Crushed stone is a popular material among construction professionals. It is used for plenty of different construction projects, and it is favoured for its versatility and accessibility. However, you can’t simply pick any type of crushed stone and expect it to serve your construction project. […]

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Stone Dust or Sand – Which is Best for Patio Pavers?

How to Choose the Right Material for Your Patio Upgrade When you look at the pattern of bricks, rocks, or concrete shapes on a patio’s surface, you are actually looking at pavers. This term refers to the series of objects placed over a patio or another hardscaping project. While pavers elevate the patio’s appearance, they […]

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Popular Types of Sand Used for Construction Projects

How The Type of Sand You Choose Will Affect Your Construction Project When beginning a construction project, it is important to consider what role sand will play. Sand is used as an aggregate in many construction projects, adding bulk and strength when combined with other materials. It can also affect a surface’s texture upon its […]

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Common Road Resurfacing Methods, Explained

Here’s how each road resurfacing technique works Over a period of time, public and private roads, including driveways, tend to become worn down. When this happens, it is important to have the road resurfaced by a construction team. Road resurfacing is an important process that makes our roads safer and contributes to longevity and clarity […]

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Using Fly Ash in Concrete-Based Projects

Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of this popular pozzolana    Building something with concrete? Fly ash might be able to help. This fine particle is considered a  suitable prime substance in concrete materials like blended cement, mosaic tiles, and hollow blocks,  among many others. But does that mean that it’s suitable for your project?     Keep reading to find out what locally licensed construction and concrete experts say about fly ash,  and learn how to use it, how it can benefit your project, and when you should take caution before  using it.   What exactly is fly ash?  Fly ash is a fine powder that is created as a byproduct of burning pulverized coal in electric generation power plants. Also known as pozzolana, the substance contains aluminous and siliceous material that forms cement in the presence of water. When mixed with lime and water, fly ash forms a compound similar to Portland cement (PCC), which is the most common type of cement used in general construction products around the world. It is used as a basic ingredient in concrete, mortar, stucco, and non-specialty grout. READ MORE: Does your concrete need to be repaired or replaced? Types of fly ash  Fly ash is commonly classified into two groups: Class F and Class C. These classifications differ based  on their chemical composition of ash. Class F fly ash contains a higher percentage of polozzanic  compounds than Class C fly ash.    Each type has its benefits. Class F fly ash contains particles covered in melted glass, for the purpose  of reducing the risk of expansion in the event of sulfate interaction (if the structure is being built in a  coastal area). Class C fly ash is usually low-calcium and resistant to expansion from chemical attacks.  It is more commonly used for structural concrete, and is used in doses of 15 to 25 percent by mass of  cementitious material. Class C fly ash, meanwhile is used at doses of 15 to 40 percent. READ MORE: […]

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Smart Aggregate in Concrete

The Effect Aggregate Properties Have on Concrete “Aggregate” is one of those concrete terms you either know or you don’t. If you don’t know what aggregate is, this article will explain it all to you. Aggregates are a strengthening agent used as an inert filler in concrete. Their properties can have an impact on the […]

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The Best Material for Retaining Walls

Making Material Selections for Safety, Function, and Aesthetics Retaining walls are installed to keep soil in an elevated position. They are often vertical and divide two distinct levels of ground that may be flat or sloped. Smaller retaining walls are used for residential yard design and larger-scale projects for buildings or roads to prevent soil […]

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Different Driveway Surface Options – A Comparison

Driveway Surface Pros and Cons When it comes to choosing a material to finish your driveway in, asphalt is usually the chosen option. But there are many different options available that can completely transform the look of both your driveway and your home. In this article, we compare the different selections available and dig deeper […]

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Does Your Concrete Need to Be Replaced or Repaired?

Signs it’s Time to Replace or Repair Your Concrete When cracks start to form in concrete, and it starts to show signs of aging, it raises the question of whether or not it is time to replace or repair it. In this article, we will dive into the different signs that demonstrate whether or not […]

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AL Blair Construction
7 Labrosse, P.O Box 220
Moose Creek, ON K0C 1W0, Canada

Phone: 613-538-2271
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