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When Do You Need Reinforced Concrete?

when do you need reinforced concrete

Concrete is one the strongest and most resilient surface materials on Earth – and yet there are circumstances where it simply isn’t strong enough. For some tasks, textured steel reinforcements known as ‘rebar’ or ‘rebar mesh’ must be added to the concrete to increase its overall strength.  It may seem strange to imagine a scenario […]

How to Break Concrete

Broken concrete

Concrete is known for being exceptionally strong and durable. While these qualities are great for building bridges and foundations, they’re not so good for breaking concrete apart. Breaking concrete can be tough, but with the right tools, skills and knowledge, it can be made easier. In this article, we explain how to break up concrete […]

What Is Aggregate and Why Is It Used in Concrete?

Foam Concrete

In its simplest form, concrete is the combination of cement and aggregate. The cement is added to the aggregate in its fluid form. As the cement hardens, it binds with the aggregates to produce an extremely tough and resilient material we know as concrete. But what is aggregate exactly? Well, it can be many different […]

Tips For Pouring Concrete In The Rain

Pouring concrete in the rain

In Britain, it rains for an average of 156.2 days every year. This complicates things slightly for the concrete finishers working outside, trying to get their projects completed in good time without being held back. Aside from being unpleasant to work in, rain affects the structural integrity of concrete which can have knock-on effects for […]

Finding the Right Concrete for Your Project

Finding the Right Concrete for Your Project

Any DIY building project comes with a series of important decisions. But is there anything more important than choosing the right concrete mix for your build? Choosing an unsuitable mix can undo all your hard work, leaving you with a concrete construction which is too weak to last. But how do you know which concrete […]

How to Lay a Concrete Shed Base

Building a new shed is a great summer project to work on — but before you can start thinking about getting the shed itself in place, you’ve got to make sure you’re working on a strong, sturdy foundation. In this guide, we’re looking at the steps you need to take to lay a concrete shed […]

How to Lay a Concrete Driveway

Laying a driveway is one of the most popular uses for ready mix concrete. Properly done, a finished concrete driveway will be attractive, strong and long-lasting, but getting to that point will take a fair bit of preparation and patience. To help you get the best results, we’ve put together this step-by-step guide on how […]

The Benefits of Hydrocarbon-Resistant Concrete

workers using a boom pipe to fill in reinforced 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

slump 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 […]

What Is In 1 Cubic Metre Mix of Concrete?

What is in 1 cubic metre of concrete?

Concrete is one of the most versatile construction materials available, and by far the most popular. Used for an endless variety of building projects, there is a huge range of concrete mixes to suit specific applications, so the proportions of each mix need to be measured with precision. If you need concrete for your project, […]

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