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About Wright MiniMix

 

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 concrete and liquid screed 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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What is Liquid Screed?
26th June 2019

At a first glance, it’s easy to confuse liquid screed and concrete. Afterall, they are both made from the same three basic ingredients, cement, aggregates (sand, gravel, crushed stone etc.) and water. 

How screed is made

Even the chemistry behind the formation of the two materials is the same; the cement acts as a binder that adheres to other particles, sticking them together. So, when water is added to the dry cement, a paste is formed that sticks the aggregates together and, as the mixture hardens, forms the strong, hard-wearing substance we are all familiar with. 

What separates liquid screed and concrete, however, is the size of the aggregates used, the quality of the cement and the mix consistency. These differences may seem subtle, but they combine to produce two very different products with different finishes and uses. As less aggregates are used to make liquid screed, it produces a much smoother mix than concrete. 

Uses for liquid screed 

Due to its smoother finish, liquid screed is commonly poured on top of concrete flooring as a levelling finishing layer. The screed is then usually covered in decorative flooring such as carpet, tiles, resin coatings, wood or linoleum. Liquid screed is often used in underfloor heating systems because its flowability means the pipework is completely enclosed and any bubbles or gaps that may affect the heat conductivity, are eliminated. 

Benefits of screed

Liquid screed is fast overtaking traditional screeds as the number one choice for internal concrete flooring as it is quicker and easier to install because it is almost completely self-levelling and produces a superior, smooth and even floor surface. It also has faster drying times and can handle light foot traffic after just 24-48 hours. What’s more, liquid screed is more resistant to cracking, curling and shrinkage so will last for many years. 


The team at Wrights Minimix have extensive knowledge and experience working with screed and have worked hard to develop our very own Wrightflow liquid screed. To learn more about how we can help fulfil your screed needs, please contact us on 0117 958 2090 today.

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Concrete Pumping Specialists
07th June 2019

When you need to transfer ready mix concrete or liquid screed quickly and efficiently to your site, you’ll need the help of a concrete pump. With a huge array available for hire out there, how can you be sure you’ve got the right one for the job? Our expert operators at Wrights Minimix, specialists in concrete pumping, are here to help. 

Concrete experts 

At Wrights Minimix, we have built an unrivalled reputation across the south of England for our high-quality service and strong customer relationships. We have worked with numerous clients in many different industries over the past 20+ years, delivering an outstanding and reliable service to even the most difficult of sites time and time again.  

Comprehensive range of pumps 

Our comprehensive fleet of concrete pumps consists of over 45 vehicles so you can rest assured that we will have the right one for the job – from large-scale commercial projects through to smaller DIY endeavours. Our enviable range even boasts one of the UK’s biggest boom pumps which measures a whopping 62m and can reach the top of the tallest structures. At the other end of the spectrum, our innovative and versatile mini mix pumps were developed by us to fill the gap between small boom pumps and trailer mounted pumps. Due to their size, mini pumps are ideal for squeezing into restricted access spots. 

Available across the south 

With plants in Bristol, Newport, Cheddar, and Avonmouth, we are ideally situated to cover the whole of South West England and South Wales. 


With over 20 years’ experience, Wright Minimix is a leading supplier of concrete pumps. If you’re unsure which of our concrete pumps is right for your project, contact us today on 0117 958 2090 and we’ll be happy to help. 

 

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DIY Concrete Finishing – How to Finish Concrete Yourself
17th May 2019

We understand that DIY concreting can be daunting, which is why we’ve put together this guide on how to finish concrete to ensure optimum performance.

Ensuring that you finish your freshly poured concrete correctly is an important step that should not be neglected. Skipping these steps will result in a concrete floor or sub base that is more prone to cracking, lacks strength and is not level. Follow our concrete specialists' guide to perfect concrete finishing.

Tools you will need for concrete finishing:

  • Forms
  • Gravel sub base
  • Tamping tool
  • 2x4 beam
  • Bull float / hand float
  • Potentially hire a concrete pump
  • Joint cutting tool
  • Edging tool
  • Garden hose
  • Plastic sheeting

1. Pre-pour preparation

Before pouring your concrete mix, you should have your forms and gravel sub base already prepared. The forms, most commonly wooden beams, act as a barrier to contain the concrete as it sets, whilst the gravel provides a solid sub base to help prevent erosion and provide a level surface for the concrete to sit on.

  • Once your forms are set up, lay 4-8 inches of gravel and spread evenly before compacting the surface using a tamping tool.
  • If your concrete is going to cover a larger area or is intended to be heavy load bearing (like a driveway) then you should add wire mesh or rebar over the gravel in an overlapping structure.
  • You should now be ready to pour. Use a hoe or shovel to evenly spread the concrete over the entire area. The surface should be relatively flat and lie slightly above the form.
  • You may want to consider hiring a concrete pump to deliver concrete efficiently, especially if your site has access problems.

2. Compress the concrete (if necessary)

Many modern concrete mixes are made using certain admixtures that make compacting or ‘tamping’ an unnecessary step. You should check with your ready mix concrete supplier if compacting will be required. If compacting is required, then you can use a tamping beam or roller tamp tool to press down on the concrete.

3. Begin to level the concrete

You’ll likely need someone to help you with this step. Use a 2x4 wooden beam that is long enough to span the width of your form to level the surface of the concrete and remove any excess.

  • To do this, with one person holding each end of the 2x4, start at one end of the form and move the beam along the surface of the concrete in a sawing motion.
  • Tilt the beam slightly away from the direction you are moving to create a slight cutting edge.

4. Continue to level the concrete

Following step 3, use a bull float (for larger projects) or magnesium/wooden float (for smaller projects) to further level and smooth the concrete surface.

Bull float

  • Move the bull float back and forth across the surface of the concrete perpendicular to the way you moved the 2x4 beam.
  • Push the tool from low down and pull back towards you from higher up.

Magnesium or wooden float

  • Smooth the surface of the concrete by moving the handheld float in overlapping arcs.
  • Cover the surface at least twice.

5. Cut control joints

Control joints are cut into fresh concrete in order to prevent cracking from having a major impact on appearance and functionality. These control joints should be cut 25% of the way through the concrete’s depth. A 4-inch thick concrete slab will require control joints at a minimum of every 10 feet.

6. Tidy the edges

For a cleaner overall look, you can use an edging tool to create level edges and corners to your concrete. This will result in a better overall appearance. It’s important not to press too deeply in to the concrete, as you could leave impressions that are difficult to remove.

7. Apply a brushed finish

If you want a non-slip surface, you can apply a brushed finish using a broom. You’ll need to wait until the bleed water has evaporated from the concrete’s surface before you do this. Judging the best time to make this step takes some experience, but as a rough guide, the concrete should no longer have a wet sheen.

Run a stiff-bristled broom forwards and backwards across the surface of the concrete. The concrete should be wet enough for the bristles to leave an impression, but not too wet that the concrete sinks back into the impressions.

8.  Allow concrete to cure

The curing process will take several weeks. In order to ensure that the concrete cures at the best rate, a common method is to wet the concrete’s surface using the mist setting on your garden hose and covering the surface with a weighed down plastic sheet.

9. Apply concrete sealer

Once the concrete is fully cured, you should apply a concrete sealer to make the concrete resistant to water damage and easier for you to clean and maintain. The concrete should be completely dry before you do this.


If you are considering a DIY concreting project this year, our team of concrete specialists can help. We can suggest the best concrete mix for your requirements, and deliver it directly to you on site. Don’t hesitate to contact the team today on 0117 958 2090 for tailored ready mix concrete in Bristol, Newport and the surrounding areas.

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When is the best time of year to lay concrete?
18th April 2019

Is there a certain time of year that’s best when it comes to your DIY concreting project? Our experts lay out the perfect conditions for concrete installation.

Mild weather is considered best when it comes to ready mix concrete installation – that is, not too hot and not too cold. For this reason, spring and the start of autumn (around September) are considered good times to carry out a DIY concreting project.
 
Not only can you generally rely on the weather to stay above freezing during these periods, temperatures also aren’t as likely to reach higher than mid-twenties. However, this isn’t an absolute rule; the UK generally has a temperate climate, so there’s a lot of leeway. Still, there are certain conditions you should absolutely try and avoid when pouring ready mix concrete.

Snow & Ice

If there’s snow or ice on the ground, then it’s too cold to pour concrete. Fresh concrete that becomes frozen during the first 24 hours after installation can lose up to 50% of its overall strength, so avoiding pouring concrete in very cold weather is very important. 

Generally, if the average daily air temperature is consistently below 10 degrees, then it’s better to wait until later in the year and warmer temperatures.

Rain

Whilst there are ways around it, rain is also less than ideal when it comes to pouring concrete. We go into much more detail about the logistics of pouring concrete in the rain here. Simply put, if too much rainwater mixes with a fresh concrete mix, then its overall strength can be compromised. It’s therefore best to wait for a clear day if possible.

High temperatures

Ready mix concrete contains water as an essential component and a higher temperature mean faster evaporation. Hot weather can cause all sorts of problems for freshly laid concrete; not only does surface water evaporate too quickly, potentially causing cracks, the process by which the concrete solidifies is sped up, which means it doesn’t strengthen as much as it should. You can read our top tips about laying concrete in hot weather here.


If you are considering a DIY concreting project this year, our team of concrete specialists can help. We can suggest the best concrete mix for your requirements, and deliver it directly to you on site. Don’t hesitate to contact the team today on 0117 958 2090 for tailored ready mix concrete in Bristol, Newport and the surrounding areas.

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