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In this hot weather be aware of the potential for cracks in your concrete. We don't put cracks in our concrete but if you get any then brush in some cement powder to help the surface bond together to improve the finish and ensure the concrete is structurally sound.
Cracks in concrete come from water being drawn away from the concrete too quickly or the surface being allowed to dry "go off" too fast. This is called Dry Shrinkage Cracking. Cracks appear from the way the concrete is laid rather than from the quality of the concrete. Our simple tip for preventing/minimising the risk of dry shrinkage cracking is to make saw cuts through the concrete if any dimension is longer than 4m. Visit Our website for more information http://www.concrete4u.co.uk/concrete-care/ ‪#‎ConcreteTips‬ ‪#‎Construction
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In this hot weather be aware of the potential for cracks in your concrete. We don't put cracks in our concrete but if you get any then brush in some cement powder to help the surface bond together to improve the finish and ensure the concrete is structurally sound.
Cracks in concrete come from water being drawn away from the concrete too quickly or the surface being allowed to dry "go off" too fast. This is called Dry Shrinkage Cracking. Cracks appear from the way the concrete is laid rather than from the quality of the concrete. Our simple tip for preventing/minimising the risk of dry shrinkage cracking is to make saw cuts through the concrete if any dimension is longer than 4m. Visit Our website for more information http://www.concrete4u.co.uk/concrete-care/ ‪#‎ConcreteTips‬ ‪#‎Construction
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In this hot weather be aware of the potential for cracks in your concrete. We don't put cracks in our concrete but if you get any then brush in some cement powder to help the surface bond together to improve the finish and ensure the concrete is structurally sound.
Cracks in concrete come from water being drawn away from the concrete too quickly or the surface being allowed to dry "go off" too fast. This is called Dry Shrinkage Cracking. Cracks appear from the way the concrete is laid rather than from the quality of the concrete. Our simple tip for preventing/minimising the risk of dry shrinkage cracking is to make saw cuts through the concrete if any dimension is longer than 4m. Visit Our website for more information http://www.concrete4u.co.uk/concrete-care/ ‪#‎ConcreteTips‬ ‪#‎Construction
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Cracks in concrete come from water being drawn away from the concrete too quickly or the surface being allowed to dry "go off" too fast. This is called Dry Shrinkage Cracking. Cracks appear from the way the concrete is laid rather than from the quality of the concrete. Our simple tip for preventing/minimising the risk of dry shrinkage cracking is to make saw cuts through the concrete if any dimension is longer than 4m. Visit Our website for more information http://www.concrete4u.co.uk/concrete-care/ ‪#‎ConcreteTips
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Lightwater Holdings Solar Power Project
 
As part of the sustainable development at Lightwater Holdings the group has invested in solar energy.
 
It is of paramount importance to the family that owns the Lightwater Group that we as a business ensure sustainable development and the preservation of the natural environment in every possible way. Plans for the future development of the area are a key part in building a sustainable future for the local community therefore by investing in solar energy we are moving the business forward while minimising its impact on the environment.
 
Sustainability is at the heart of the Lightwater Groups philosophy and the environmental benefits are core to the development of the business. These benefits include:
Better health due to cleaner air, water and soil
Greater energy security due to reductions in imported fuel
Stronger economic growth through the creation of green jobs
Reduction of greenhouse emissions
 
Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the suns energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work - they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.
 
PV Cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cells it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine the more electricity is generated.
 
Currently Lightwater Holdings has two solar arrays in operation with a third being built by Easter 2016. The first array supplies Lightwater Valley Theme Park and at the moment is generating 45% of their total power usage.
The second solar array feeds directly into the grid and the third which is due to be built soon will power Potgate Quarry, a limestone quarry run by Lightwater Quarries. This third development is very exciting for the quarry business and the group as it will make Potgate Quarry one of the greenest quarries in the UK.
 
Each of Lightwater Holdings solar arrays runs on a 240kW system comprising of approximately 950 panels. To put this into perspective an 8kW system can generate around 7,600 killowatt hours of electricity per year – this is the same amount of electricity as used in a standard household and will save nearly four tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
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Thinking Green
 
Is seems green energy and sustainability are the construction buzz words, people look for green credentials more and more. Councils ask in tenders for the best environmentally friendly package, carbon emissions are constantly challenged to be reduced and BRE are showing off the sustainable housing solutions of the future at Innovation Park in Watford.
 
At Lightwater Quarries and Concrete4U we take sustainability very seriously, the preservation of the local environment and the business have always been important and those philosophies are ingrained into the ethos of the company and the local community with whom we have worked very closely to improve the area and minimise the impact of a Quarry.
 
Highacre Homes, a sister company, have also been a large part of that and when they built the newest development and village hall in North Stainley the community was kept informed, got involved and now enjoy the benefits of the sustainably built homes, town hall and the investments made in Lavender Lane, at the request of the community.
 
Lightwater Quarries and Concrete4U work across North Yorkshire and aim to do so in a way that minimises our impact on the environment. We have several on-going initiatives from solar panels to planting trees while monitoring veteran trees. We are very proud of those projects.
 
While many people will be aware that for our industry we are the exception, not the rule, in sustainable development the above is just the tip of the iceberg on our journey to being the best in the UK. The way we run the business is a huge part of our sustainability drive, the fleet is shipped and routes are planned based on the most fuel efficient solution furthermore the service offering the concrete business prides itself with, not only sets us apart for the high level of customer service we can provide, but the multi-drop system allows for less miles travelled which again helps reduce our emissions.  If all that is not enough for the sustainability and green enthusiasts we also have a badger set, sand martin habitat and the restoration of the quarry in areas we have completed is restored to limestone grassland providing the ideal habitat for many rare insects and plants.
 
Lightwater Quarries and Concrete4U work very hard to pull away from the public perception of quarrying as it is normally fraught with negatives. We want to show how a business of this nature can give back to the environment. We aim to go above and beyond in our environmental responsibilities and hope we can demonstrate that to our customers and within the communities we live and work.
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It's #Throwbackthursday and we have been looking back at all the changes at Lightwater Quarries over the years! 
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Thinking of putting some stone on your driveway? Our advise is to have a look at lots of different types of material before you decide as most people prefer the initial look of a rounded gravel but once it is down and driven on a rounded stone tends to roll around ad you have to scrape it back into place more often! Have a look at a more angular ‪#‎gravel or ‪#‎limestone as this will lock into place keeping your driveway looking smart all year with no maintenance. We are lucky in North Yorkshire to have both local limestone and gravel giving customers a great range of choice when it comes to local stone. Visit our website to have a look at the products on offer to see which one would work best for you. www.lightwaterquarries.com ‪#‎DIYtips
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