Before you get a price on concrete, here is a guide to help you determine what kind of mix is best for your project.
A. WHAT KIND OF MIX DO I NEED?
There are 2 basic mixes: 1" rock or gravel which is usually dumped out of the back of the truck and 3/8" rock, commonly called pea gravel, which is usually pumped.
B. WHAT STRENGTH DO I NEED FOR MY PROJECT?
You will have to determine the strength of the concrete that you need. The minimum strength we deliver is 2000 psi, which is typical for non-load bearing items as patios, walkways, footings and wall grout. A typical driveway could be 2500 psi for passenger cars or 3000 psi for SUV's, trucks or motor homes. Concrete used in any part of a house should conform to the UBC. Local laws and ordinances should be obeyed. Find out if your city has any conditions (i.e. sulfates in soil) that may affect the life of your concrete.
C. HOW MANY YARDS DO I NEED?
Take your measurements and then click calculator for our volume calculator. Some concrete will remain in the truck and/or pump, so don’t forget to add a little extra to make sure you have enough!
D. HOW DO I DECIDE IF I NEED A PUMP OR NOT?
You have 3 choices for getting the concrete from the ready-mix truck to your project:
1. Place it using the truck's chutes, which extend about 12' from the back of the truck (you will need about 14' clearance and about 12' width for the truck);
2. Pump it using a pea gravel pump (we can arrange at separate cost)
If there is not room for a ready-mix truck to get within 12' of your project, you will need to pump it or wheelbarrow it. If you decide to wheelbarrow, keep in mind that one yard of concrete weighs about 4,000 pounds and that you will probably incur some standing time. If our truck crosses your property line, you will have to sign a waiver which means that we are not liable if the weight of the truck cracks your driveway or sidewalk.
E. WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT CRACKING?
Concrete shrinks during the hydration process and has a tendency to crack, especially pea gravel mixes due to their high water content. This is called shrinkage cracking. The least expensive product for reducing plastic shrinkage cracking is stealth fibers. Millions of tiny fibers are added at the time of batching. These fibers reduce plastic shrinkage cracking and improve durability, among other things. Go to www.fibermesh.com for more information.
F. DO YOU FORM AND FINISH THE CONCRETE?
No, we are a ready-mix supplier. You or your concrete contractor gets the job ready. Our truck delivers the concrete and your workers do the rest.