Without any warning the Tampa plant has been bagging quikrete with white
portland in it. (sold at Lowes) I suppose it has to do with the cement shortage
we are having in S. Fla.
If you like bone white concrete this is a great deal but you might end up with
Palomino concrete if you mix lots. It is fairly easy to spot if you see a
busted bag on the pallet. The concrete will be a tad lighter than usual and a
softer texture. I have been seeing it off and on for a few weeks now and I just
scored 12 bags to finish a project I started "white". There was some of both in
the store but no real indication on the bag other than the look of the cement
in the concrete. I had to dig around a little to find white. The store manager
still denies any knowlege of it as does the Lowes web site but the slabs I have
poured are undisputable.
On 12 Jul 2004 20:37:41 GMT, email@example.com (Greg) wrote:
Why do masons like white concrete? I need to have a brick porch
replaced and none of the masons I contacted are willing to consider
other color options for a concrete floor. I don't mean green concrete,
just something muted and tasteful that won't stick out (like white)
compared to my 1930s house. Even gray makes more sense than white.
But every new job in my neighborhood has white. One guy mentioned
that he doesn't like mixing it because it doesn't come out even,
consistent, whatever. Someone must have been willing to use colored
concrete at some point because my back porch (original) has a red
concrete floor to match the brick.
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself!
I agree -- most new concrete installed around here is this awful bright
white variety. It fades verrrrrrry slowly but will never become a muted
background gray, which is more appropriate for something utilitarian
such as a sidewalk or driveway.
I'm told white concrete is favored by traffic engineers precisely
*because* it stands out, e.g. allowing drivers to see a median, but why
must sidewalks and driveways also stand out?
Part of the problem is that China is using more portland than it exports and
that is a major source but locally I think it was just a bad long range buying
decision by Krehling (the largest distributor in S Fla). The building bubble
never popped and the government suddenly found the money to more than double
the size of the RSW airport. That project alone is currently eating over 60% of
Krehling's capacity. (concrete, block, mortar etc). The effect is rippling
across S Fla.
Is anyone else in other parts of the country having problems getting concrete?
Builders around here (Ft Myers/Naples) are about 3-4 weeks out on orders.
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