+ WHAT IS READY-MIXED CONCRETE?

Ready mixed concrete is delivered in trucks that mix the concrete on the way to the job site. It is unhardened and in a flowable state ready to be poured. The trucks you see on streets with revolving drum mixers are carrying ready-mixed concrete.

+ ARE CEMENT AND CONCRETE THE SAME THING?

People often confuse the use of the words cement and concrete. Cement is actually the binding agent in concrete. When mixed with water, cement forms a paste, when the paste is mixed with sand and gravel, it becomes concrete. Concrete is what you use to build a driveway, sidewalk, or wall.

+ HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR CONCRETE TO SET?

Many variables, such as the kind of mix used and the temperature, make a difference in how long it takes for concrete to set. In general, an initial set is reached between two and four hours after the pour. A final set can be achieved in 24 hours. But it could take more than one month for concrete to reach its ultimate strength.

+ ASPHALT COSTS LESS THAN CONCRETE, SO WHY USE CONCRETE FOR DRIVEWAYS?

The simple answer is that asphalt breaks down more quickly. Concrete driveways can last more than 30 years without much maintenance. With asphalt, you need periodic applications of surface and crack sealer. Even then, asphalt will have a shorter life-span. A concrete driveway is also more appealing when you resell a home.

+ WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT HAVING CONCRETE DELIVERED TO A JOBSITE OR MY RESIDENCE?

Keep in mind that concrete trucks are very large and heavy when fully loaded. Talk to our Sales Team about the construction of driveways and approaches to the work site. There are many kinds of equipment that can be used to get concrete into hard to reach areas, such as pumping trucks.