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Owners of the biggest concrete pump in the UK, Wright Minimix has built an unrivalled reputation based on excellence, providing impeccable service and supplying high quality ready mixed concreteliquid screed and concrete blocks in the South West of England and South Wales. Our highly experienced and fully qualified team of concrete contractors have a wealth of knowledge and pride ourselves on offering a fully comprehensive service across both the commercial and residential sector.

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Leading ready mix concrete suppliers in the South West of England and South Wales

With a fleet of over 45 vehicles comprising of concrete pumps and mixer trucks, we are ideally equipped to provide you with quality assured ready mix concrete and screed as well as efficient concrete delivery using the latest concrete pumps. From large-scale commercial projects through to smaller DIY endeavours, we have the concreting solution for you. We have plants located in Bristol, Newport, Cheddar, and Avonmouth, so are ideally situated to cover the South West of England and South Wales.

If you are looking for ready mixed concrete suppliers near you, or want to make use of one of our concrete pumps, don't hesitate to contact us today for a free quote, on 0117 958 2090.

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We are a member of the LGW Group, which brings together some of the most experienced construction specialists in the South of England and Wales.

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Concrete versus bricks
17th May 2022

From single residential builds to multi-storey offices and skyscrapers, concrete and brick are materials used in countless construction projects across the globe. Each have their own features and uses, meaning they are a better fit for certain aspects of construction building. However, is one material more suitable for construction projects than the other?

If you’re trying to work out which material will be more appropriate for your next construction project, then read on to learn the key differences between concrete and bricks, and how Wright Minimix can help.

Contact us today for more information on how we can help with you next build.

What are the key differences between concrete and bricks?

The strength

Ultimately, concrete is comparatively stronger than brick, but do note the strength of either material is dependent of the quality of mortar that is used to hold them together in construction.

When measuring the strength in pound-force per square inch (psi), concrete can withstand 3,500 psi – 500 psi more than the brick’s maximum.

The weight

Bricks are the lighter of the two – weighing approximately 5lbs per unit, whereas concrete blocks are much heavier and can weigh up to 43lbs per slab. However, the installation benefits and the overall look of the finished concrete product justifies the awkward transportation requirements, which is made much easier thanks to the use of a concrete pump vehicle.

The Price

Concrete is typically cheaper than bricks, with the latter costing up to 20% more due to the higher labour costs. Concrete on the other hand doesn’t require too many raw materials which brings their cost down.

Their appearance

Contrary to popular belief, concrete comes in a variety of colours – not just grey – as well as hues, shades and patterns available. Bricks also have different colour variations, but are somewhat limited when compared to concrete.

Durability

Both materials are prone to durability issues; concrete is prone to surface erosion, whilst bricks can chip and crack.

Typically bricks last longer than concrete slabs, with the former lasting for generations. Concrete slabs usually need replacing after about 20 years, which is more than enough time when you factor in property renovations that tend to take place every decade or so.

Versatility

Both materials can be used across a number of aspects for your construction project. Concrete slabs are used across garden patios and driveways, and bricks tend to be used for garden paths. With the bonus of having lots of appearance options to choose from, combined with its lower price, we believe concrete is the more versatile choice.

Environmental Impact

When manufactured, concrete emits less carbon dioxide than bricks making concrete the more environmentally friendly material of the two.

Which is better – concrete or bricks?

Whilst there are benefits to using both concrete and bricks, we believe concrete is the ideal material for your construction project. This is because it offers the best value for money, as well as its attractiveness and versatility options across your build.

Wright Minimix are top quality concrete suppliers in the UK

Wright Minimix have built our reputation on excellence, supplying high quality concrete blocks, ready mixed concrete and liquid screed across the South West of England and South Wales. Our highly experienced team of skilled concrete contractors have a wealth of knowledge and pride themselves on giving expert advice across both commercial and residential projects.

To learn how we can provide concrete to assist with your construction build, get in touch today via our website or give us a call on 01179 582090.

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Concrete blocks versus poured concrete
10th May 2022

Concrete is one of the most popular materials used for construction, and it’s no surprise why – it’s commended for its flexibility, durability and its strength attributes, making it a sturdy and long-lasting solution for all types of commercial and residential buildings.

Concrete typically is available in two forms: concrete blocks and poured concrete. As specialist concrete contractors, we wanted to take this opportunity to explain to you the differences between concrete blocks and poured concrete, along with the advantages and setbacks of each.

Read on to learn more about these concrete types, and how Wright Minimix can assist with your construction build.

What is the difference between a concrete block and poured concrete?

Concrete blocks are solid concrete masonry units (CMUs) that are made of pure concrete, aggregated from crushed stone and sand. Nowadays, concrete blocks can contain steel, wood or mixed cement to improve its structural integrity. We recommend block construction as the preferred construction method when very little horizontal pressure will be applied to the CMUs.

Whilst containing similar materials to concrete blocks, poured concrete differs in that it’s a form of concrete that is poured, moulded and cured onsite. It’s best used for retaining wall or barrier installations.

Advantages of using concrete blocks vs poured concrete

Prebuilt

The main advantage of utilising concrete blocks (rather than poured concrete) for your build is that they are already prebuilt, meaning you don’t have to worry about bad weather for the concrete curing process. As the blocks don’t need to cure, you won’t have to worry about the loss of any strength resulting from the cold.

Compression Strength

Concrete blocks are renowned for their compression strength, and that determines how much weight the foundation can support.

Setbacks of using concrete blocks

Bowing and buckling

Concrete block foundations are also liable to crack, bow and buckle over time. This can lead to further costs repairing or even rebuilding the wall.

Minor water leaks

Whilst concrete blocks can be waterproofed, they are still prone to water leaks, and seeps comparatively more so than poured concrete due to the grout lines.

Advantages of using poured concrete vs concrete blocks

Material Strength

In comparison to concrete blocks that must be laid one at a time, poured concrete can be installed as a monolithic structure, meaning greater lateral strength.

Resistance to the elements

Poured concrete can withstand more pressure from nature like water and soil and is also known for its fire-resistance. Poured concrete is also easier to waterproof, as unlike concrete blocks it doesn’t consist of joints.

Versatility and efficiency

Poured concrete can fit into any design and can adapt to any last-minute adjustments. It also can be much faster and efficient to use, provided the cement plant is located nearby.

Setbacks of using poured concrete

Weather dependent

Poured concrete can take longer to form in the cold, as the chilly conditions can take the concrete longer to cure and develop its strength. What’s more, if it’s too cold, the concrete might not build its strength and may even collapse entirely.

Water leaks

This needs to be a key determinant when deciding your concrete structure as water leaks can arise due to a number of factors. For example, the foundation can drop or sink due to soil, leading to water seepage. Additionally, if the wall was poorly formed, the wall can crack, which not only causes leakage, but for it to be fixed the concrete needs to be dug up.

Which is better – concrete blocks or poured concrete?

There is no one clear answer in terms of which is better than the other – both forms of concrete can perform for your construction project. We strongly advise speaking to our team of specialists to best determine which is more suitable for your build.

Wright Minimix are top quality concrete suppliers in the UK

Wright Minimix have built our longstanding reputation on excellence, providing an unrivalled service in supplying top quality concrete blocks, ready mixed concrete and liquid screed across the South West of England and South Wales. Our highly experienced team of concrete contractors have a wealth of knowledge and pride themselves on giving expert guidance across both the commercial and residential sectors.

To learn how we can provide concrete to assist with your construction project, contact us today via our website or call our friendly team on 01179 582090.

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Should you use Concrete Blocks to Build a House?
07th April 2022

There are many reasons why you should use concrete blocks for your house build; they have been used as a prime building material for well over a century and are most commonly used for home construction. There are, however a number of considerations that you should be made aware of before you invest in such a strong and resilient material. As expert concrete contractors, we believe we are well equipped to provide you with a guide as to why you should use concrete blocks to build your property.

Read on to learn more about the advantages and considerations of constructing with concrete blocks and how Wright Minimix can help.

What are concrete blocks?

Traditionally, a concrete block is made of pure concrete, aggregated from crushed stone and sand. Nowadays, concrete blocks can contain steel, wood or mixed cement to improve its structural integrity.

Advantages of using concrete blocks for your house build

Strength

Naturally and structurally strong and rigid, concrete blocks are perfect for your house build’s foundation and dividing walls as well as the basement construction.

Resilience

The strength characteristics are perfect for locations that are prone to gales. The concrete blocks add strength and resiliency to the walls to help block the wind from entering the build.

Better serves wet places

Whilst some believe wood is suited for houses in wet places, they are liable to insect attacks. Instead of wood, using certain concrete blocks like hollow concrete blocks or paving blocks are ideal for preventing any mildew or rot.

Eco-friendly and healthy

Concrete blocks are formed from recycled materials promoting eco-friendliness, and when combined with good quality paint can not only look great but be healthier for you in the long run (versus chemical-filled paint which can adversely affect your respiratory system).

Considerations of using concrete blocks for your house build

Affordability

You should consider your budget when looking to invest in concrete blocks, as they can be more costly than other building materials. However, with all the benefits associated with using concrete blocks, they should provide a worthwhile investment in the long run.

Design

Some regard concrete blocks as dull due to their plainness and greyness. It’s for this reason why we would suggest consulting with the relevant interior and exterior designers to best assess how you can add elegant colours or a styled exterior to best enhance the look and feel of the house.

Usually hard to find an experienced contractor

Top quality, experienced concrete block suppliers are typically hard to come by – but with Wright Minimix, rest assured you’ll be in safe hands. We are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of concrete block suppliers in the UK and are heavily proficient in offering a fully comprehensive service for your house build.

Wright Minimix are top quality concrete block suppliers in the UK

Wright Minimix have built our reputation on excellence, providing an impeccable service in supplying top quality concrete blocks, ready mixed concrete and liquid screed across the South West of England and South Wales. We have a highly experienced team of concrete contractors who have a wealth of knowledge and pride themselves on giving expert support and guidance across the commercial and residential sectors.

To learn how we can provide concrete to support your construction project, get in touch via our website or give us a call on 01179 582090.

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Boom Pump vs Line Pump
31st March 2022

Transporting concrete can be difficult, especially if you don’t have the right equipment to do it. Concrete pumps offer a suitable, efficient solution to get concrete into those hard-to-reach-places. There are typically two different types of concrete pumps available – a boom pump and a line pump – and you’ll need to work out which pump is most appropriate for your needs.

As specialists in concrete pumping, consisting of a fleet of over 45 vehicles, we at Wright Minimix are ideally equipped to provide you with the differences between and advantages of using a boom pump and line pump. Read on to find out more.

Contact us today to arrange your concrete pumping service.

What is the difference between a boom pump and a line pump?

A boom pump is typically mounted on a lorry, suitable for spurting copious amounts of concrete quickly and for pouring concrete at height. By contrast, a line pump is more suited for horizontal pumping as it’s a trailer-mounted, static concrete pump.

Boom Pumps

When would I need a boom pump?

Boom pumps feature an arm (or “boom”) that can be easily remote controlled to deliver and apply the concrete exactly where it needs to go.

Boom pumps are ideal for high-volume concrete pumping from great heights with a high level of accuracy.

It’s for these reasons why we suggest using a boom pump for more large scale sizeable commercial project.

Boom pump advantages

The biggest advantage of using such a pump is that you can pump a lot of concrete in a very short space of time, from considerable heights with great precision.

The boom is also a great benefit as it allows you to operate around a busy construction site, allowing concrete to flow down to areas that may have been otherwise unreachable.

Line Pump

When would I need a line pump?

A line pump features a long hose for pouring concrete horizontally. Whilst it cannot provide the same speed efficiencies as boom pumps, they tend to deliver concrete more accurately. It’s why we think it’s best that line pumps are used for smaller scale projects such as residential ones.

Line pump advantages

The main benefit comes in the form of its compact size, meaning they are much easier to transport around a job site. What’s more, the hose is more adaptable as it can extend to a great length.

Boom pump versus line pump conclusion

Overall, we recommend a boom pump for a larger commercial project where you need to pump lots of concrete fast. They also suit commercial jobs because of their higher reach.

On the other hand, if you’re considering a residential or smaller commercial build, we propose the use of a line pump. They have better flexibility and are more cost-effective than a boom pump. You may experience a slower concrete flow, but it should be more than sufficient to meet the needs of a smaller project.

Wright Minimix own the biggest concrete pump in the UK

Owners of the biggest concrete pump in the UK, Wright Minimix has built our reputation on excellence, providing an impeccable service in supplying top quality ready mixed concrete, liquid screed and concrete blocks across the South West of England and South Wales. Our highly experienced team of concrete contractors have a wealth of knowledge and pride ourselves on offering a fully comprehensive service across both the commercial and residential sectors.

To learn how we can provide concrete to support your construction project, get in touch via our website or give us a call on 01179 582090.

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