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Everything You Need to Know About Screed

All of the terminology surrounding concrete and its different varieties can cause confusion surrounding the varying properties and benefits of each type, leaving you wondering what is the best option for your project. In this article we’ll be focusing on screed – what is it, and how is it different to concrete?  What is screed? […]

What Is Meant By ‘concrete slump’ & Why Does It Matter?

There are several different types of concrete and it is important to know whether the one you are using is right for the job. One thing to take into consideration here is the ‘slump’ of the concrete – read on to find out more about what this is and how it affects your work. What […]

The Benefits of Waterproof Concrete

What is waterproof concrete? When it comes to the different types of concrete available, it can be hard to know which features are necessary. In this article, we take you through the attributes of waterproof concrete and why it can be so important to ensure high quality work. Isn’t concrete already waterproof? Normal concrete is […]

A Guide to Rapid-set Concrete

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At Total Concrete, we supply a wide range of specialty concrete mixes to suit any construction application. Specialty mixes are designed to suit specific project requirements. For some building applications, it might be necessary to use a concrete mix which hardens more quickly than standard ready mixes. This type of concrete is called rapid-set concrete, […]

Concrete Curing Guide

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Concrete doesn’t reach its full strength overnight. Say you’ve just laid a new driveway and waited a few hours for it to set: immediately parking a car on it will damage the concrete. It won’t be strong enough yet. Concrete needs to be cured to reach its full strength. The curing process takes time, but […]

Concrete Pricing Guide

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If you’ve ever tried to purchase concrete before, you’ve probably noticed that prices vary between mixes and suppliers. This isn’t done to confuse people; it is simply a result of a wide range of variables that impact the final price of a concrete mix. In this article, the Total Concrete team will discuss some of […]

The Benefits of Hydrocarbon-Resistant Concrete

When constructing, developing or redeveloping a premises where fuels are present, it’s important to plan ahead for the specific hazards and implications of your build site and those particular fuels. When concrete is involved, you need to take steps to avoid exposure to harmful elements which could cause premature wearing, erosion and weakening. In this […]

Concrete Slump Tests – Measuring the Workability of Concrete

Concrete slump tests are a routine procedure carried out on a fresh concrete mix to determine its consistency before it is poured. The test is incredibly simple and is a great, quick method to check that multiple batches of the same concrete are consistent. Let’s take a look at the concrete slump test in more […]

The Benefits of Sulphate-Resisting Concrete

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Despite the durable nature of concrete, there are some environments where concrete is at risk to deterioration and damage. In underground construction — such as tunnelling — sulphates are a common source of the ongoing degradation of concrete. Often found in polluted groundwater, sulphates can rapidly weaken concrete, sabotaging its structural integrity and overall lifespan. […]

How To Avoid Accidents When Pouring Concrete

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A construction project is a combination of a lot of moving parts, often featuring various types of machinery and heavy loads. Whether it’s your first construction project or you’ve done countless ones before, the safety risks are always there, and if you don’t take the proper precautions, you run the risk of injury and damage […]