Structural shotcrete is on the rise as a cost-effective and highly versatile concreting technique. It allows contractors to apply concrete to structural applications, instead of forcing them to use formed concrete in their construction projects.
It is incredibly strong and durable and has low shrinkage. Cost, strength, durability, and aesthetics factors make it a favorite among engineers, architects, and construction firms. Other shotcrete advantages include:
- Reduced need for construction cranes.
- Accommodates the creation of complex shapes with minimal formwork.
- Reduces environmental footprints of projects (compared to the use of conventional formed systems).
- Saves money on formwork materials.
- Highly adaptable, accommodating use in hard to access areas.
- Faster to apply.
- Reduces labor costs by 50 percent or more.
In construction, there is a lot to love about structural shotcrete. However, structural shotcrete presents unique challenges when it comes to waterproofing.