Why Choose Volumetric Concrete?

Why Choose Volumetric Concrete?

A Guide to Choosing the Right Concrete for Your Project

Choosing the right concrete for your project is a crucial decision. After all, it’s the foundation (literally!) of your build. But with options to select from — ready-mix, volumetric — how do you know which is best? The answer isn’t always straightforward. The ideal choice depends on the size and scope of your project, your timeline, and even the weather. So, why choose volumetric concrete?

As your local experts in volumetric concrete, Custom Concrete is ideally positioned to guide you through the ins and outs of this innovative solution. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the key benefits of volumetric concrete and explain why it might be the perfect choice for your next project in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, or Buckinghamshire.

What is Volumetric Concrete?

Volumetric concrete, also known as mix on-site concrete or site mixed concrete, is changing the way construction projects access the material they need. Unlike ready-mix concrete, which is pre-mixed at a plant and transported to your site, volumetric concrete is mixed on-site, inside a specialised volumetric truck (also called a mobile batching truck). This on-demand mixing process offers flexibility and control, ensuring you get the exact amount of concrete you need, when you need it.

Why Choose Volumetric Concrete? – The Benefits

Volumetric concrete offers numerous advantages that set it apart from traditional ready-mix options. Take a closer look at why it’s becoming the go-to choice for projects of all sizes:

1. Fresh Concrete, Every Time

With volumetric concrete, you get concrete that is mixed seconds before it’s poured. This ensures maximum freshness and workability, leading to a stronger, more durable finished product. This is especially beneficial in projects where precise timing is crucial or where changing weather conditions could affect the quality of pre-mixed concrete.

2. No More Wasted Concrete (or Money!)

Traditional ready-mix concrete often leads to over-ordering or under-ordering, resulting in either wasted material or costly delays. Volumetric concrete eliminates this issue by allowing you to order the exact amount you need. Our Custom Concrete Calculator can help you estimate your requirements precisely, so you only pay for what you use.

3. Unmatched Flexibility for Any Project

3. Unmatched Flexibility for Any Project

Need to adjust the mix due to unforeseen site conditions? No problem! With volumetric concrete, adjustments can be made quickly and easily on-site. This level of flexibility is invaluable for complex projects or those with unique requirements. Plus, with our concrete pump hire service, we can easily get your concrete to those hard-to-reach areas.

4. Ideal for Both DIY and Large-Scale Projects

Don’t let the myth that volumetric concrete is only for DIY fool you. While it’s a great choice for smaller projects due to its flexibility and cost-effectiveness, it’s equally suited for large-scale construction sites. Our volumetric trucks can hold up to 10 cubic metres of concrete, ensuring that even the most demanding projects have a consistent, reliable supply.

5. Eco-Friendly Solution

Volumetric concrete is a greener choice. By mixing on-site, we reduce the number of trips required to transport materials, lowering emissions and our carbon footprint. Plus, any unused materials can be easily returned to our trucks, further minimising waste.

6. Local Expertise You Can Trust

As a long-established concrete supplier in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Buckinghamshire, Custom Concrete understands the unique needs of the region. Our team of experts can guide you through the entire process, from choosing the right mix to ensuring a smooth delivery and pour.

The Volumetric Concrete Mixer – A Mobile Concrete Plant

Our volumetric trucks are essentially mobile concrete factories,  equipped with separate compartments for cement, aggregates (sand and gravel), water, and admixtures. But the most important factor is the expertise of our operators.

At Custom Concrete, our drivers are highly trained technicians who understand the science of concrete. As such, they are a valuable on-site resource, where the concrete is mixed.

How the Volumetric Concrete Mixing Process Works

  1. Online Ordering and Calculation – Start by using the online Custom Concrete calculator. Simply input the dimensions of your project and select the type of concrete mix you need. Our calculator will do the rest. If you’re unsure about any aspect, our Customer Service team is always available to help.
  2. Precise Batching – The volumetric truck is pre-programmed with your order. The operator selects the option which will calculate the exact proportions of each ingredient needed to create your custom concrete. If tweaks need to be made to your order, your operator will be able to adjust the mix or volume.
  3. On-Demand Mixing – As the truck travels to your site, the ingredients remain separate. The actual mixing process begins on arrival, ensuring your concrete is fresh and ready to pour.
  4. Flexible Delivery – Our volumetric trucks can discharge concrete directly into your forms, or we can use a concrete pump for those hard-to-reach areas. We’ll work with you to determine the most efficient delivery method for your project.
  5. Real-Time Monitoring – Throughout the process, our operator monitors the mix to ensure consistency and quality. You can even watch the batching and mixing process in real time, giving you complete confidence in the final product.

The Custom Concrete Difference: Quality, Expertise, and Peace of Mind

With Custom Concrete, you get more than just concrete. You get an experienced partner who is dedicated to your project’s success. Our combination of advanced technology, skilled operators, and a customer-centric approach ensures you get the exact concrete you need, exactly when and where you need it.

Ready to simplify your concrete delivery? Get a free quote from Custom Concrete today and discover the benefits of fresh, flexible volumetric concrete for your project.

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