Ready mix concrete advice & enquiries

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Registered office address: Bardon Hall, Copt Oak Road, Markfield, Leicestershire, LE67 9PJ. Company number: 565595, registered in England.

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What should I do when the concrete arrives?
  • Check the delivery ticket to confirm the correct concrete and quantity has been delivered.
  • Advise the driver where the concrete is to be unloaded
  • Direct the truck-mixer driver to the point of placing
  • View video for more information.
What preparation is required?
  • For concrete bases, floors and drives, the area should be dug out to twice the required depth of concrete (a minimum of 100mm or 4 inches is advisable, so you should dig the area out to 200mm or 8 inches depth), and the soil should be compacted.
  • A layer of hardcore 100mm deep should then be placed and compacted to give the concrete a solid base and prevent sinking.
  • A thin layer of sand on top of the hardcore will provide a smooth surface to work from and make calculation of the quantity required easier as it will help to prevent variations in the depth.
  • If you use a layer of polythene damp proof membrane between the hardcore and concrete, it will help to stop water being absorbed from the fresh concrete by the hardcore and problems with rising damp on your finished project.
  • Remember, to take into consideration insulation depths when laying concrete for an internal floor.
  • Ground conditions must be stable enough to take a heavy lorry. Paving slabs, domestic block paving, etc. will not accept the weight of a truck-mixer.
  • Brickwork, windows, tarmac, etc. should be protected against splashing.
  • View our video for Health & Safety advise when dealing with concrete.
How long do I get before the concrete goes off?
  • The chemical reaction that takes place within a concrete mix begins as soon as the cement and water are mixed together.
  • This means that usually you will have between 1 - 2 hours once the concrete arrives on your job to place, level, compact and finish the mix.
  • Higher strength mixes will generally give a little less working time than lower grades.
  • Please ensure you have enough people to complete your project on time.
  • We do offer high performance products which gain early high strengths, when faster strength gains are required.
What tools will I need to lay concrete?
  • Most people will already have the tools required to handle and place concrete, but check the list below to make sure you are fully prepared:

    Wheelbarrow - Essential if you need to transport the concrete around your job
    Shovel & Rake - For moving the concrete
    Spirit level - To ensure accuracy
    Tape measure - For calculation of quantity required
    Timber - To make pegs, formwork, and tamping beam
    String & pegs - For setting out the area to be concreted
    Trowel or float - For surface finishing
    Brush - For cleaning up afterwards

    Please be aware that concrete is both abrasive and alkaline, so protective clothing, gloves, boots, overalls and safety glasses etc should always be worn. Cement can burn sensitive skin.