Ready mix concrete is a batch of concrete that is pre-mixed before being delivered. The mix is created according to the customer’s specifications regarding amount, type and grade.
One of the primary benefits of using ready mix concrete is that it saves a lot of time when compared to other mixes. As it as mixed beforehand, once it arrives on site it is ready to be used - no waiting around for a batch to be created. Secondly, it’ll be mixed to your exact specifications, from the quantity of concrete to the right type and grade, so you can be sure you’ve got the perfect mix for the task at hand.
Preparing for a concrete delivery doesn’t require any major work, but we do ask that you make sure your site is as clear as possible before we arrive, so we can get as close as possible to the desired area. This includes removing things like debris and waste, as well as larger objects such as cars parked on drives. Secondly, if you have any staff who will be working on the project, make sure they’re appropriately dressed, have the right safety and working equipment and are familiar with their responsibilities. All of this will improve the efficiency and safety of the project. Let your neighbours know about any upcoming deliveries, too: this will save them being caught off guard by the delivery - they might want to move their cars or make alternative arrangements based around the work.
Ready mix concrete will start to set as soon as water is added. Usually, the concrete will need to be laid and levelled within two hours before the setting of the concrete makes things more difficult.
We advise that you clear as many obstructions as possible from the site - parked cars, for example - but we understand that some sites are difficult to access regardless. However, thanks to our ground and boom pumps, we can deliver concrete through tricky access routes: over walls, round corners and even up flights of stairs.
Yes, our concrete is BSI-accredited, which means we’re certified by the leading body in our industry.
At EasyMix, we usually operate around a minimum order of 2m3 of concrete - roughly the same as a large shed base. Of course, you can call us to discuss your requirements further and we’ll be happy to help.
Ready mix concrete is available from £150, depending on how much you require for your project.
Wet mix concrete is concrete that is mixed with water. All materials - cement, aggregate, ad-mixtures and water - are combined before being discharged. Water is not always added at this stage, which is why ‘wet-mix’ has its own category.
Dry mix concrete is a form of concrete that doesn’t include water in the mixing process. Instead, water is added after the dry materials have been mixed together onsite, rather than in a batching plant beforehand.
You can collect ready mix concrete from batching plants to save on delivery costs, simple phone ahead and let us know in advance.
Concrete can be painted, yes. Be sure to let it cure properly before painting it, though. Use masonry paint, as this will contract and expand with the concrete, whereas standard house paint may crack.
Our concrete mixers are around 11 metres long and 3 metres wide. Should you require concrete pumping, our truck-mounted concrete pumps are here to help. We recommend having a minimum of 25 metres available to park the truck and set the pump, which can extend to 150 metres.
The fundamental ingredients of ready mix concrete are cement, sand, water and aggregate, such as rock. The cement content may vary, and depending on the type of ready mix concrete being used, additional materials may be added, like reinforcing fibres or entrainment additives.
There are several steps involved in the creation of ready mix concrete. We’ve put them together in this handy guide. Want to know how to find out how much concrete you’ll need? Simple use our concrete calculator! All you need is the length, width & depth of your project area!