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Ready Mix Concrete in Chippenham

Concrete company in Chippenham

 

We are a leading supplier of concrete and screed in Chippenham and the entire South West of England and pride ourselves on creating, supplying and delivering the highest quality concrete mix.

Whether you are looking for a small quantity of concrete to undertake a spot of DIY or you require a reliable supplier of ready mix concrete for a commercial project, we can help.

Concrete specialists Chippenham

 

Our Chippenham concrete specialists are on hand to provide you with exactly what you need and can provide you with a tailormade batch of concrete based on your individual requirements.

Our highly experienced and fully qualified team have a wealth of knowledge and pride ourselves on offering a fully comprehensive concreting service across both the commercial and residential sector in Chippenham.

As the leading one stop shop for concrete services in Chippenham, Wright Minimix has an unrivalled reputation within the concreting industry.

With a fleet of over 53 vehicles, including the biggest concrete pump in the UK, we are ideally equipped to provide quality assured ready mix concrete and screed as well as the latest concrete pumps.

With over 34 years’ experience, we are ideally equipped to cater for both trade and residential customers in the Chippenham area and beyond. From large-scale projects, through to DIY residential projects, we have a concreting solution for you.

We supply Chippenham, but also have plants in Bristol, Cheddar and Newport which make us ideally situated to cover the entire South West of England and South Wales.

Concrete Calculator Chippenham

 

Our Wright Minimix concrete calculator will help you calculate how much concrete you need for your Chippenham concrete project.

Using our concrete calculator is easy, all you need to do is input either the metric or imperial measurements of the area where you are intending to place your concrete to calculate how much concrete you will need for your project.

Ready Mix Concrete in Chippenham

 

Created to and above British standards (BS8500-2), our unique blends ready mix concrete is suitable for both commercial, trade and residential purposes. Whether you are laying foundations, installing a shed base, kerbing or undertaking flooring work, choose Chippenham concrete experts Wright Minimix.

With our ready mix concrete, you are guaranteed quality and you can be assured that your concrete will be of the right mix and strength that you require.

Whether you need a little or a lot, we can deliver your ready mix concrete directly to your site or door and we can also provide concreting pumps as well.

Concrete pumps Chippenham

 

Looking for concrete pumping Chippenham? We have the answer for you!

With a wide range of concrete pumps such as the Innovative Mini Pump, boom pumps. CIFA pump, Scorpio 5R47 and more, we are ideally equipped to provide concreting pumping services in Chippenham. We even have the biggest concrete pump in the UK!

When you hire a concrete pump from Wright Minimix, you will also get a fully trained concrete pump operator (most of which ware CPCS qualified)

Our team of Chippenham concrete specialists have considerable expertise and knowledge and can provide insight and guidance as to the best area to place the concrete pump.

If you have a concrete project and are looking for the leading concrete experts in Chippenham, why not give us a call on 0117 958 2090 today or contact us via the website?

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A guide to laying concrete yourself
15th May 2018

As we head towards summer, you may be thinking of undertaking some DIY concreting jobs that you’ve been putting off, such as a new concrete shed base or driveway. However, concrete can be difficult to handle if you don’t know what you’re doing, which is why we hope this guide to laying concrete yourself will help you.

Safety is important

Wet concrete is a highly alkaline substance, which means that it can cause nasty burns, irritation or allergic reactions if it comes into contact with your skin or eyes. If you do get concrete on your skin, it’s suggested that you wash the area with plenty of water and see a doctor for severe reactions. To avoid this, you should ensure that you wear long sleeves, waterproof gloves and boots, trousers and eye protection whenever you handle wet concrete mix.

Set out your framework

You’ll need to build a wooden framework to mark out where you want your concrete project to go and also keep it in shape whilst it cures. You can first mark out the area using pegs and string, which will act as a marker whilst you dig down to the correct depth. You should allow at least 100mm depth for the concrete as well as a further 100mm for a hardcore base. The top of your wooden framework should be at the height you want your finished concrete surface to be once laid.

Create your hardcore base

A hardcore base is a mix of hard, low absorbency aggregates that is important for providing a strong foundation for your concrete. It also helps ensure that you have an even surface to work with, as you will need to compact the surface using a tamper before continuing. This should be around 100mm deep.

Measure up and order your concrete

Now is the time to figure out how much ready mix concrete you will need for the job - you can use our handy volume calculator for this. Once you know how much concrete you need, contact a concrete supplier such as ourselves, specify the amount and choose a delivery slot.

Take into consideration any access problems, as concrete mixing trucks are large and sometimes will be unable to deliver directly to your lay site. You can use wheelbarrows to manually transport the ready mix concrete yourself, or consider a concrete pump for larger projects.

Receive the concrete and start pouring

Concrete typically remains workable for a couple of hours before it begins to harden, so you’ll need to be proactive once the concrete arrives. It's best if you have friends and family to help you with this, especially if your job is too big for one person to achieve in this time.

Pour the concrete into your framework, ensuring an even distribution with spades or shovels. Once the framework is full completely, use a tamping beam to compress the concrete into place before using a straight beam to even out the surface.

Finishing up

Once you’ve laid your concrete mix, then you’ll need to cover the area using a polythene sheet to make sure that it does not cure too quickly, as this can cause cracking. Allow at least a week for the concrete to cure enough to carry significant weight.


Do you require ready mix concrete for your DIY concreting project? We can help! We deliver the exact amount of concrete you need and endeavour to offer same-day delivery wherever possible across the South West and Wales. Contact us on 0117 9582090.

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What makes concrete the world’s most used construction material?
09th May 2018

Concrete is by far the most used building material in the world. All you have to do is look around you and you’re likely guaranteed to see at least one thing made of it and for good reason. Not only is it incredibly strong, it is also surprisingly versatile, which makes it ideal for various construction requirements. We break down how concrete cemented itself as the most-use construction material in the world.

Are you looking for ready mix concrete or screed for your own construction project, either domestic or commercial? Whatever your concreting requirements, we can supply you with a quality product. Contact us on 0117 958 2090 for more information.

Strength

Concrete’s main benefit lies in the fact that it is incredibly strong and can withstand huge amounts of pressure, which makes it ideal for use in building foundations, roads and pavements. The fact that it generally provides minimal maintenance and repair issues whilst boasting a potential life-span of 100 years or more is what has made concrete the go-to building material since ancient Rome. In fact, the Colosseum built around 2000 years ago was made using Roman Concrete, a mixture very similar to what is used today and is living proof of concrete’s potential durability.

Versatility

Not only is concrete strong, it is also surprisingly versatile. The strength of concrete is not something that is set; rather, different concrete mixes can be created to prioritise different aspects, such as strength, cure-time and workability. This means that you can get the ideal concrete mix for your project requirements. You only need to compare the difference between ready mix concrete and liquid screed to see how versatile in consistency and use concrete can be.

More Environmentally Friendly

Concrete is also one of the more environmentally friendly construction materials available. This is because the resources used to make it, namely water, sand and aggregates, are often readily available resources that are sourced locally and therefore require minimal transport to get them to a plant. In fact, limestone, the main component in cement is limestone, the most readily available mineral on the planet. Ready mix concrete can also make use of many ‘waste’ products, such as slag cement and fly ash, which are by-products of power and manufacturing plants.


For more information about our ready mix concrete, concrete pumping services and liquid screed, contact our team today on 0117 958 2090.
 

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Biochar makes concrete stronger and more watertight
16th April 2018

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are developing a new concrete mixture, that’s made with recycled wood waste to achieve a stronger and more watertight consistency. Currently Singapore produces more than 500,000 million tonnes of wood waste that’s mostly sawdust, which can be turned into biochar. Biochar is charcoal that’s used in soil, it’s rich in the nutrient carbon and has the potential to reduce climate change for our planet. 

In 2010, a scientific study explored the world’s current sources of biomass that aren't being consumed by humans as food. They found that increasing the production of the biochar material could reduce over 10% of the planet’s current greenhouse gas emissions. It also can improve soil fertility, and increase agricultural growth - perfect for garden enthusiasts! 

A researcher from the NUS project, Kua Harn Wei explains, “Close to 50 kilograms (110 lb) of wood waste can be utilized for every tonne of concrete fabricated. We typically require 0.5 cubic meter of concrete for every square meter of floor area (17.6 cu ft per 10.7 sq ft) built in Singapore. This translates to around six tonnes of wood waste being recycled to build a typical four room HDB unit with floor area of 100 square meters (1,076 sq ft).” So not only would incorporating recycled wood waste improve the strength of concrete, it’s better for our environment. 

Most biomass breaks down after 10 or 20 years, and then eventually breaking down and releasing carbon into the environment. Whereas biochar is different, it’s able to hold its carbon properties for thousands of years, making it incredibly environmentally friendly. This is great for concrete as it’s a very long-lasting mixture, and it can last for more than 60 years without any issues, so the added recycled wood waste would only improve its durableness. 


Are you interested in ready mix concrete for your residential or commercial outside space? We can supply you with quality ready mix concrete and liquid screed tailored to suit your requirements. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your project with us 0117 9582090

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Which is better: Concrete or asphalt driveways?
10th April 2018

Are you thinking of adding a new driveway to your home or making changes to your existing one? Asphalt and concrete are both common materials used for driveways, roads and paving but what are the differences between them? We evaluate the two to help you determine which one is more suited to your driveway requirements.

Appearance

Whilst concrete and asphalt are both made using a mix of aggregates, concrete is bound using liquid cement whilst asphalt is bound using bitumen, which gives it its dark colour. Concrete is more flexible when it comes to workability, design and colour, as concrete can be cut into blocks to form patterns and can be stained to change its colouring.

However, asphalt has a naturally textured appearance and is darker, which means that any cracking is usually less noticeable than on a concrete surface. When it comes to appearance, you should choose whichever most suits your style.

Cost & Lifespan

Whilst an asphalt driveway is usually cheaper than concrete to install, its lifespan is much shorter and often requires more frequent maintenance. It therefore makes up the cost difference in the long run.

This is because asphalt requires re-sealing 6 months to a year after installation and then every 3 years or so in order to preserve the surface for as long as possible, whilst concrete does not require sealing at all (though doing so can help preserve the finish).

An asphalt driveway, on average, has a lifespan of up to 20 years, whilst a concrete driveway can last up to 40 years when properly maintained. This usually make concrete the more cost-effective option overall.

Resistence to weather

Typically, asphalt driveways react poorly to hot weather whilst concrete driveways react worse during bad frosts. You may think that you don’t have to worry with an asphalt driveway in this country, as it has a melting point of around 50 degrees whilst temperatures rarely reach over 30 degrees. 

However, due to its dark colour, asphalt absorbs a lot of heat and surface temperatures in direct sunlight reach a lot higher than air temperatures, which means that your asphalt is still at risk of melting. Not only does this damage the structure and unbearable to stand on barefoot, the surface can also become oily and you can track this through your home, causing potential stains if you don’t remove your shoes.

Alternatively, concrete driveways are susceptible to frost heave, which is where the moisture in the soil underneath expands when it freezes, pushing your concrete slabs up or causing cracks in the surface. However, good prep work to the ground underneath your driveway can greatly reduce this risk.
 


Does a concrete driveway sound like the right choice for your home? We supply DIY ready mix concrete straight to your door so that you can get started as soon as possible! Check out the areas we cover to see if you're legible for our concrete delivery service and don't hesitate to contact us!

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