What Is Scoria?
Scoria is a lightweight igneous rock with circular bubble-like cavities known as vesicles. This rock is dark colored ranging from black or dark grey to a deep reddish brown. Scoria can be crushed into the desired size and then sold for a variety of uses.
Uses Of Scoria
Creating concrete: Concrete made with typical sand and gravel weighs about 150 pounds per cubic feet while concrete made with scoria is approximately 100 pounds per cubic feet. The decrease in weight when using scoria allows the construction of buildings to contain less structural steel. At first, the pockets in the scoria hold water which helps the scoria cure. Then, once all of the water evaporates, the air vesicles in the scoria make the concrete a better insulator. Buildings that use this lightweight concrete also witness a lower cost in their heating and air conditioning bill. Melgaard Construction uses this cement for foundations, walls, roofs, and floors. A benefit about lightweight concrete is that since it starts out as a semi-liquid, any shape or detail can be added such as moldings, swirls, and textures.
Why use Melgaard Construction for your scoria needs?
We own the equipment and mines to produce any size and amount of scoria. Not only that, but we provide customizable products that satisfy our customers. Because we are capable of handling all aspects of a project, the middleman is eliminated which moves the process along effortlessly.
Nearly any place that gravel is present, scoria can be substituted, which is an affordable local option. Call Melgaard construction today at (307) 687-1600 and speak with a representative if you are looking for commercial grade scoria for any project located in Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, and Colorado.