How is Concrete Delivered?

How is Concrete Delivered?

Concrete Delivery Options for Your Project

For any construction project, from a small patio extension to a large new build, getting the right concrete mix for the job is crucial. Once you’ve chosen your mix to ensure strength and longevity, and calculated the volume you need to avoid waste, there’s another key factor to consider – how is concrete delivered?

Custom Concrete is an experienced and trusted local supplier of mixed on-site concrete for Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hertfordshire. We understand that a smooth concrete delivery is just as important as getting the perfect mix. In this blog we take a look at the two main delivery options, in order to help you choose the best fit for your job.

Exploring Concrete Delivery Methods

Let’s take a closer look at the two ways concrete reaches your construction site:

1. Volumetric Concrete Mixers

  • Mixing on Demand – Volumetric trucks transport the individual concrete ingredients (sand, cement, aggregates, water) in separate compartments. The mixing happens on-site, so your concrete is fresh and ready for pouring immediately.
  • Precision and Waste Reduction – You only pay for the exact amount of concrete you use, thanks to our Custom Concrete Calculator, which minimises cost and potential waste.
  • Adaptability – The concrete mix can be adjusted on the spot if your project requirements change slightly, offering unparalleled flexibility.

2. Traditional Concrete Mixers (Transit Mixers)

  • Pre-Mixed Delivery – The concrete is mixed at a batching plant before arriving at your site.
  • Transportation – Once mixed, the transported concrete is kept constantly on the move in the truck’s revolving drum, to stop it from hardening during the journey.
  • Less Flexibility – Ready mixed concrete is pre-made at a batching plant and cannot be adapted once it has been delivered to the site.

Need Help Deciding?

Exploring Concrete Delivery Methods

Choosing the best delivery method for your project depends on a number of factors, including:

Project Size and Complexity: If your project involves multiple pours with slightly different mix requirements, volumetric mixers offer flexibility and waste reduction.

Time Constraints: Ready-mix can have the edge if the time between mixing and pouring needs to be strictly minimised.

Two Examples:

Scenario 1 – Choose Volumetric Concrete

You’re building a foundation with a few areas requiring slightly different concrete strengths based on load. A volumetric truck ensures fresh concrete for each section, the ability to tweak the mix on-site, and you only pay for what you use.

Scenario 2 – Choose Ready-Mix Concrete

You need a large, uniform slab with a consistent mix and potential leftover concrete isn’t a major cost concern. A nearby batching plant ensures quick delivery, and a fast turnaround on-site.

Preparing for a Smooth Delivery

A little preparation goes a long way in ensuring your concrete delivery and pour are hassle-free. Here’s what you need to consider:

1. Access is the Priority

Ensure the concrete truck can get close to the site of the pour. For residential concrete delivery where there’s limited space, plan the best route to get as close to the pour site as possible. Clear any parked cars, equipment, or other obstacles in advance.

2. Pump Planning

If your access is truly tight, consider Custom Concrete’s pump hire options. This can simplify pouring in challenging spaces where access is limited, or complex.

3. Clear On-Site Communication

Let everyone on-site know the delivery date and time. This allows them to complete other tasks beforehand and be ready to assist with the concrete pour when the truck arrives. A coordinated site effort makes for an efficient pour.

4. Weather Awareness

Check the forecast! If heavy rain, strong winds, or snow are expected, take measures to protect your freshly poured concrete. This might involve covering it or adjusting your schedule.

5. Groundwork Matters

Ensure the area where you’ll pour the concrete is ready. Remove any debris, make sure the ground is level, and double-check that your framework (if using any) is secure enough to withstand the weight of the concrete. A protective plastic sheet can help minimise concrete splashes on driveways.

6. Ready to Work

Have your wheelbarrows, pump operators (if applicable), and levelling tools on hand. If you’ve ordered volumetric concrete for multiple mixes, plan the order of your pours in advance.

Ready to simplify your concrete delivery and ensure the perfect pour? Contact Custom Concrete today. We’ll discuss your project needs and determine if volumetric concrete is the ideal solution for you – 01525 861899.

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