Tips For Buying Ready Mixed Concrete
Ready mixed concrete has many advantages over traditional concrete and is an ideal solution to many on-site mixing problems. Because ready mix concrete is manufactured at a remote batching plant — according to a set engineered mix design and using the most advanced equipment — and then delivered to the construction site, it ensures superior quality of concrete. It also makes for a more time-efficient and less labor-intensive concrete solution.
However, when it comes to buying ready mixed concrete for a construction project, there is no “one-size-fits-all” design mix; what works best for one project and application may not be suitable for another. So how do you make sure you get the perfect mix for the job?
As a leading supplier of ready mix concrete in North Texas, we, at T&T Redi Mix LLC, know a great deal about it. So, we have put together this list of a few tips you should consider before ordering your next batch of ready mixed concrete. Read on.
Choose a local supplier.
It goes without saying that concrete is one of the essential components of any construction project. For that reason, you must choose your ready mixed concrete supplier carefully. Make sure that the supplier has been in business for a long time, has a decent reputation, and employs licensed and experienced professionals. Most importantly, though, make sure that they are local. Choosing a supplier near the construction site will help you cut down your transportation costs and avoid project delays as the supplier will be able to deliver ready mixed concrete batches to the site as quickly as possible.
Determine the purpose of the concrete.
Generally speaking, every batch of ready mixed concrete is “tailor-made” for specific applications in construction projects; for example, concrete used for parking lots will be much denser than the concrete used for pavements. Therefore, you must conduct thorough research to determine the performance requirements for your concrete and communicate those clearly with the supplier to ensure that you receive the perfect concrete mix. When they fully understand your performance requirements, your ready mixed concrete supplier will be able to provide you with a strong enough mix for your specific construction project or application, as well as guide you on the correct admixtures to be used to maximize the performance of the concrete.
Understand the basics of mix designs.
You should be familiar with the fundamentals of concrete mix design. That way, if your ready mixed concrete supplier gets the admixture wrong, you will at least have a good sense of how the components in a mix interact so you can troubleshoot the problem. A reputable supplier will value your feedback and make adjustments to modify the mix to meet your needs. Some useful online resources where you can learn more about the basics of mix designs are The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (www.nrmca.org/aboutconcrete) and PCA’s Cement & Concrete Basics website (www.cement.org/basics.)
Figure out how much concrete you need.
When ordering ready mixed concrete, it is crucial that you order the right amount, as discrepancies on the minus or plus side can be equally tricky to fix. Buying more than you really need is, of course, a waste of money, but disposing of extra concrete in an environmentally friendly manner can be even more expensive and time-consuming. On the other hand, if you are too modest with your estimate and buy a lot less than you need, you will be forced to delay the project until an emergency delivery shows up – if you are lucky enough to get one on short notice anyway.
Ready mixed concrete is usually sold by the cubic yard – and the project’s length, width, and depth determine the amount needed. Regardless of the size of the project, the formula to calculate the right volume is the same: length x width x depth (for cubic feet) / 27 (the number of cubic feet in a cubic yard) = the volume of concrete required (in cubic yards). You can use an online concrete calculator to help you do the math. When in doubt, ask your ready mix supplier to help you with the calculations. A good rule of thumb is to add an extra 5% to 10% onto your total estimate to compensate for spillage and uneven bases.
Even if you pay a bit more for ready mix concrete, it has a pool of advantages such as no need for storage space, instant application, faster construction, reduced need for workforce, top-quality, and sustainability. All of these advantages make it a smarter alternative to mixing concrete on site. Moreover, most concrete delivery companies cater to any small and large size order of ready mix concrete. So, both DIY residents and contractors can leverage from its many benefits. Simply put, ready to use concrete reduces the work on-site, improves the quality and finish of work, and fast-track the project accomplishing. We know that buying ready mixed concrete might seem like a daunting task, all the more if you have never done it before. However, the tips mentioned above should simplify the process and help you choose the perfect design mix for your project.
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