Today, most of our construction needs are met by concrete. It is versatile and is useful in more ways than one. As such, it is used around the world for a multitude of construction works. Concrete being a major component of our construction, it needs to be of the highest quality to ensure strong structures, buildings and homes. Quality concrete can be made using the absolute best quality ingredients. This is why choosing a Concrete Supplier London is a very important decision. Most concrete suppliers today offer two different types of ‘concrete mixes’. One is premixed concrete and the other is mix-on-site site concrete. The mix on-site concrete we are talking about here is not the same as the traditional mix on-site concrete, though we will take a moment to talk about it too.
Premixed concrete refers to concrete that is already mixed in a batching plant, and ready to deliver. This is also commonly known as Ready Mix Concrete. When you order this type of concrete for your construction, the type of Concrete Mix Design required quantity needed as well as the scheduling for concrete is communicated to the Concrete Supplier London. If slump tests are needed, those are conducted beforehand. The concrete supplier then prepares the specified mix in required quantities in the batching plant. This is loaded onto the barrel of the Ready Mix Concrete Mixer trucks. These trucks are made and customized specifically for the transfer and delivery of concrete and especially for Ready Mix Concrete.
Ready Mix Concrete trucks are long trucks or trailers with a rotating barrel drum mounted atop. This barrel drum typically contains a blade that is moving constantly once the concrete is loaded onto it and a delivery chute. The main purpose and advantage of this vehicle for Concrete Supplier London is that it keeps the concrete in an agitated stage until it can be delivered to the site on time. This is advantageous for premixed concrete mixes as it can maintain the workability of the concrete mix while also ensuring that it does not dry prematurely. What this essentially does is, keep the concrete fresh and ready to use until the truck can reach the site. This is especially necessary for special mixes as well as mixes with admixtures added to them. Some mixes tend to be quick-drying or hardening and this will reduce the quality of the concrete mix if the transit to the site is long.
Transit Or Site Mixed Concrete
Let us begin with site mixed concrete as it is a traditional method of mixing concrete for use and is used widely even today. Basic concrete that is mixed on-site does not have much to do with batching plants or mixer trucks. Concrete Supplier London usually delivers cement to the site in large packages as required. The other ingredients such as sand, gravel, and aggregates are to be acquired from different sources for the site. This is then mixed manually – if the required amount is very little. When a bit larger quantity of concrete mix is needed than is possible to mix by hand, small manual mixers are used on the sites. Although it needs to be mentioned that this is still a commonly practised method in many countries.
The other method of mixing concrete on the site itself is transit mix or Volumetric concrete mix. This is also a specialized truck but it is also a moving batch plant. This truck is customised to hold all the required components of concrete mixes such as cement, sand, aggregate, admixtures as well as water. It also has an area for mixing concrete. The addition and mixing of concrete can be controlled manually. Concrete Supplier London will usually send out these volumetric concrete trucks to the site where scheduling, concrete mix type, or quantity required is not communicated or changes are expected. This is also used when more than one mix type is needed, large quantities are needed and other necessities that cannot be fulfilled with straightforward delivery such as Ready Mix Concrete.
How To Choose A Concrete Supplier For Your Project
Choosing a concrete supplier is a very tricky decision. Whether you are in the construction business or you are just looking for a supplier for a domestic project, it is of utmost importance to find yourself a quality concrete supplier. A good Concrete Supplier in London will be able to provide the highest quality of concrete at all times. Moreover, once you find a trustworthy supplier, then you can depend on them for all your future concrete needs without having to search far and wide again.
The first step to finding a concrete supplier is to check for reviews, comments, and opinions of previous customers of theirs as well as present clients. This way you can find out about not only the quality they offer but also the quality of their service. Concrete suppliers need to speak and create a good rapport with their customers to help with scheduling, guide regarding concrete mixes, and more. So when it comes to concrete suppliers their service is as important as their product. Checking their website can guide you to their products, and services as well as previous customers and their opinion.