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Volumetric vs Ready Mix Concrete

Volumetric vs Ready Mix Concrete

When it comes to commercial projects, selecting the right type of concrete can have a significant impact on costs and efficiency. In this article, we’ll take a look at two of the most popular options – volumetric concrete and ready mix concrete – to help you find the perfect choice for your project.

What’s the difference between volumetric and ready mix concrete?

Volumetric concrete is mixed on site using a truck-mounted mixing unit. The ingredients for the concrete are stored in separate compartments on the truck, and are then combined in the right ratios as required. In contrast, ready mix concrete is pre-made at a mixing facility and delivered to the job site ready to use.

Which is better, volumetric or ready mix?

The answer to which concrete is better depends on the specific requirements of your project. Both volumetric and ready mix concrete have their own advantages and disadvantages, which we’ll discuss in more detail in the next section.

volumetric vs readymix concrete

The pros and cons of volumetric concrete:




  • Customisation

With volumetric concrete, you have complete control over the contents of the mixture, which allows you to tailor it to your specific needs.


  • Reduced waste

As the concrete is mixed on-site, there is less waste compared to ready mix concrete. You’ll get the specific amount you need, made as and when you need it.


  • Freshness

The concrete is mixed just before it’s used, ensuring maximum freshness.



  • Cost

Volumetric concrete can be more expensive than ready mix concrete, as the truck and operator need to be on-site for the duration of the project.


The pros and cons of ready mix concrete:




  • Cost

 Ready mix concrete is usually less expensive than volumetric concrete.


  • Convenience

Ready mix concrete is readily available, and the delivery process is straightforward. 


  • Consistency

Ready mix concrete is made using a batching plant, ensuring consistent quality from one delivery to the next.



  • Limited customisation

 Ready mix concrete is pre-made and cannot be adjusted once it has been delivered to the site.

Which concrete should I choose?

The decision of which concrete to choose ultimately comes down to the specific requirements of your project. If you’re looking for complete control over the mix and want to reduce waste, then volumetric concrete may be the best choice. If cost and convenience are your top priorities, then ready mix concrete may be the way to go.

If you’re located in Woking, Surrey, or Guildford, and need help choosing between volumetric concrete and ready mix concrete for your commercial project, get in touch with us today. The experts at Total Concrete are always happy to answer any questions you might have.

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