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How to Lay a Concrete Shed Base

Taking the time to create a solid, level concrete shed base will ensure the long-term safety and stability of your new shed. It’s an important part of the process, and it’s relatively straightforward. If you have a few tools and some DIY knowledge then read on to find out how to lay a concrete shed base.   Calculating costs and materials for a concrete shed base You can save yourself some of the hassle (and maths!) by ordering a delivery of readymix concrete for shed bases. If you are mixing concrete for a shed base yourself, you will need to know…

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What Makes Concrete Cheaper?

When factoring in labour and materials, the cost of a building project can really add up. From one-off domestic DIY jobs to multi-site commercial construction projects, we provide all types of concrete to get the job done. There are some ways to make concrete cheaper, but it’s important to make sure you have the right concrete for the job, not just cheap concrete.   What Affects the Cost of Concrete? Let’s have a look at what can make concrete cheaper and how to get the best readymix concrete price, without compromising on quality.   The Different Types of Concrete Each type…

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What is a Concrete Slump Test and Why is it Important?

Concrete can be made using a variety of different ratios of materials, depending on the intended use of the mix, or concrete application. It’s important that concrete meets certain standards, and that multiple batches of concrete being used in the same project have a consistent structure. There’s a simple test for this that can be performed before concrete is poured, this is referred to as a concrete slump test.    What is a concrete slump test? A concrete slump test involves testing the concrete consistency, to see how it holds together. The results can be observed by looking at the shape…

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A Brief History of Concrete

Concrete is a strong, composite building material, made from cement, aggregates, sand, and water. The types of concrete we use today are very different from the various versions used throughout history, but there have been forms of concrete, or concrete-like materials in use for thousands of years.   Early uses of concrete Cement is a key part of a concrete mix, so when tracing the history of concrete, you can look back to ancient methods using any cement-like ingredient.  The Nabataea traders or Bedouins built the first concrete-like structures in southern Syria and north Jordan in approximately 6500BC. They went on…

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What is Concrete Sealing?

Concrete is a porous building material; it easily absorbs liquids. When used in climates where freezing and thawing is likely, there’s risk that liquids absorbed by the concrete might expand, causing damage. Therefore, sealing concrete surfaces can help to increase durability; it’s also possible for sealants to enhance the colour of a concrete surface.   What is concrete sealing? Concrete sealing can be achieved using a variety of different types of sealants, depending on the results desired and the stage at which you are sealing the concrete. Integral sealants can be incorporated into the concrete mix, meaning that as your concrete…

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A Basic Guide to Concrete Staining

Applying a concrete stain can transform a surface by adding a unique look, creating character and emphasising aesthetics on both new or old concrete floors. The most common use of concrete staining is in stained concrete floors, which are quickly becoming a popular flooring trend.   What is concrete staining? A concrete stain is a water-based product that becomes a permanent part of a finished concrete floor or concrete surface. There are two types of concrete stain, reactive and non-reactive, both can be used on new or existing concrete. It is important to remember that results will differ depending on the…

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The Different Types of Concrete

Concrete can be used for a huge variety of projects and purposes, with different mixes providing the qualities required for the finished material. From foundations and walls, to decorative surfaces; concrete is a versatile material when mixed appropriately. A concrete mix will generally include cement, water and a mixture of aggregates like sand and stone, additional additives can be included to provide the desired finish, strength and consistency. A mix can be tailored to your exact requirements, whether that is for domestic or commercial use.  It is important to make sure your concrete mix is fit for purpose and our team…

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What Happens If You Have Too Much Water In Your Concrete?

Mixing concrete takes knowledge, practice and skill; the correct ratio of cement to water needs to be used to ensure the final strength of your cured concrete.    Why is water used in concrete? Water is an essential ingredient of any type of concrete. The water in a concrete mix hydrates the cement to form a paste, the paste is then mixed with aggregates and a chemical reaction, known as ‘curing’ takes place between the cement and the water.  The strength of cured concrete is dependent on the ratio of cement to water in the mix, this ratio can be adjusted…

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Pouring Concrete in Different Weather Conditions

The weather – one of the most unpredictable variables you’ll encounter, especially when working with any type of concrete. Water is a key component of concrete; the weather can impact the level of water in your mix, adding more water (rain), reducing water (hot weather) or freezing water (cold weather). Although you can’t control the weather,  you can make sure you’re prepared by knowing the impact of pouring concrete in various different weather conditions.    Pouring Concrete in the Rain Can you lay concrete in the rain? Yes. It’s possible to lay concrete in the rain if you cannot delay your…

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What is Concrete? Concrete Process & Strengths

Concrete is made from three main ingredients: water, Portland cement and aggregate (rocks, sand or gravel). It is a man-made material and due to its strength, it is used for a variety of domestic and commercial projects from shed bases to architecture. Composition of Concrete Portland cement is the most common type of cement and is used as a binding material from a mixture of limestone and clay or limestone and shale. It is used as a binding agent for the water and aggregate. Water chemically reacts with the cement to hydrate and to keep the concrete in workable conditions before it…

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