For the perfect combination of compression and tension, composite metal decks offer a strong yet lightweight solution for building projects of all types. At Summit Concrete, we utilize the highest quality concrete and steel to provide reliable composite slabs of varying grades according to your construction needs.
Compression versus tension
Compression refers to the ability of a material to withstand downward/inward pressure being placed upon it, while tension refers to the ability of a material to withstand outward pressure. Think of compression as pushing, and tension as pulling. Quality building materials rely on finding this balance between push-and-pull, withstanding stresses placed upon it from either direction.
Concrete by itself offers good compression properties, but lacks in withstanding tension. Conversely, steel is weak in compression, but endures the stress of tension very well. When these two elements are structurally combined into composite metal decks, they work together to create a lightweight yet highly durable slab. This material absorbs stresses from all directions while applying only moderate stress upon the building structure itself.
At Summit Concrete, we craft high-quality composite metal decks designed for both strength and longevity for any building project. Contact us today to learn more about our services.