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Concrete Blocks

High-Quality Concrete Blocks from Wright Minimix

 

Concrete blocks are among the most versatile building products available and are used for a range of different purposes across a number of projects and industries, from the construction of our homes and schools to hospitals and office blocks.

At Wright Minimix Ltd, we are leading manufacturers and suppliers of quality concrete products in Avonmouth and the surrounding area, supplying high-strength 100mm 7.3N dense concrete blocks for use in cavity and solid walls, load bearing and solid partitions, columns and block and beam flooring.

For a free, no obligation quote on our concrete blocks, please call our team today on 0117 958 2090 or fill in the quick contact form on this page. Our concrete blocks come in packs of 88 and are available for both delivery and collection from our concrete plant in Avonmouth, where they are manufactured.

Concrete Block Specifications

 

Our concrete blocks have a tolerance of D1, a mean compressive strength of 3.6 - 30N/mm2 (Unit Strength) and a shear bond strength of 0.15N/mm2 (tabulated Value). To ensure we have the right product for all your construction needs, our concrete blocks are available in the following sizes: 

  • Lengths: 290mm, 390mm and 440mm
  • Widths: 75mm, 100mm, 140mm, 190mm, 215mm, 300mm and 440mm
  • Heights: 100mm, 140mm, 190mm and 215mm

To protect the safety and integrity of your project, all our concrete blocks are fire resistant, boasting a fire safety grade of A1, the very highest rating available. What is more, our concrete blocks provide excellent sound insultation and water resistance. Their thermal resistance is 1.11 W/(mK) 10, dry mat / 1960kg/m3 (Density).

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Get bagged aggregates as part of your order

 

In addition to our concrete blocks, we also supply a wide range of bagged sand and aggregates to assist you with your DIY and building project. Our bagged aggregate products are very competitively priced and include:

  • Building Sand
  • Zig Zag Fine Sand
  • 10mm - Pea Gravel
  • 20mm - Red-rounded Gravel
  • 20mm - Single Size Limestone
  • 40mm - Pink Limestone
  • Sharp Sand (yellow)
  • 10mm - Golden Gravel
  • 20mm - Golden Gravel
  • 40mm - Plum Slate
  • 40mm - Blue Slate
  • 40mm - Green Slate
  • 20mm - All in Balast (yellow)
  • 20mm - All in Balast (red)
  • MOT Type 1 (hardcore)
  • Grano Dust
  • Sharp Sand (red)
  • Cement waterproof bags

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Why use concrete blocks?

 

Manufactured from cement, sand and aggregates, dense concrete blocks are well known throughout the construction industry for their exceptional durability and strength, which makes them perfect for a number of uses, including building load bearing walls. A cost-effective solution, concrete blocks also allow for rapid construction on any project, saving you valuable time and money.

Concrete blocks also have a high thermal mass which means they are extremely effective at absorbing and storing heat. When a building is designed and constructed well, concrete blocks help keep it cool during the summer months and warm in the winter. This allows the building to achieve the highest levels of long-term energy efficiency possible and contributes to the building’s overall sustainability and low running costs.

As well as our dense concrete blocks, at Wright Minimix we also offer bulk bags of sand and aggregate and cement waterproof bags. To find out more or to place an order, contact us today on 0117 9582090.

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How to install underfloor heating
06th November 2019

Why install underfloor heating?

Installing underfloor heating in your property offers a huge range of benefits. Not only can you walk around during winter without needing to don your fluffy slippers, it is also incredibly cost effective, energy efficient and helps you save space that would otherwise be occupied with radiators or other heating appliances.

Apart from its space-saving benefits, underfloor heating also distributes heat much more effectively throughout a room than other forms of heating, which only heat the air in the immediate vicinity. Installing underfloor heating for yourself can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We walk you through the process of installing underfloor heating in your property.

Step 1: Preparation

Any type of renovation work requires preparation, and installing underfloor heating is no different. Here is the preparation work that you will need to do first:

  1. Pull up and remove any existing flooring
  2. Ensure that your subfloor is cleared of all debris. This will prevent any damage to the pipes when laid.
  3. In many cases, a damp proof membrane will need to be installed over the subfloor. If you are unsure, it is best to consult an underfloor heating expert like ourselves.
  4. (Wet underfloor heating systems only) A suitable location for the manifold must be chosen. This is the central control hub for your underfloor heating.

Step 2: Lay underfloor heating insulation

The thickness and type of insulation can vary, so we recommend that you consult an expert for advice regarding this step. The insulation layer will be sealed to the edges of the wall to ensure that no liquid screed penetrates through to the subfloor.

Step 3: Install the manifold (Wet underfloor heating systems only)

Before you start laying the pipes of your wet underfloor heating system, you should ensure that your manifold is installed in a suitable place, on a sturdy wall that can tolerate the weight of the unit and connected pipes. The manifold is the connected to the existing water supply.

If you are installing electric underfloor heating, you will require a qualified electrician to connect your underfloor heating to the mains.

Step 4: Lay pipe grips

Now that the foundation is in place, it is time to start laying the pipework. To ensure that your pipes remain fixed in position, you can use a variety of methods to achieve this, like pipe positioning panels or grip rails. Grip rails should be laid out at a 90° to the direction of the piping.

Step 5: Lay pipework

This step will be easier if you have already planned the layout of your pipe network in advance. If you do not have a design to work from, then piping should follow a snakelike pattern at 200mm intervals.

Remember, in a wet underfloor heating system, both ends of the pipework will need to connect back to the manifold.

Step 6: Installing liquid screed

Now that your pipework is ready and everything is properly connected, you can install the liquid screed over the top. Liquid screed is superior to other traditional screeds, as it is specially developed to ensure the best thermal conductivity.

At Wright Minimix, we have developed our own self-levelling Wrightflow liquid screed designed to dry within 48 hours. It also has a reduced risk of cracking and is quick to install whilst offering excellent durability and conductivity.

Step 7: Lay down your flooring

Once the liquid screed is fully cured, you can go about laying down your flooring of choice. Switch on your underfloor heating and relish the feeling of warmth underfoor!


At Wright Minimix, we are your one-stop-shop for all things concrete, including bespoke liquid screed. If you need assistance installing an underfloor heating system, our team are here to help. Get in touch today on 0117 958 2090 to discuss your requirements.

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10 little known facts about concrete
04th October 2019

Strong, resilient, enduring. Concrete is the most popular building material in the world, used to create anything from roads and buildings to sculptures and kitchen countertops. Discover more about this fascinating material with our 10 little known and unusual facts about concrete.

1) Reinforced concrete is resistant to water and fire – the only building material in the world to be impervious to both. 

2) The first road to be built using concrete was constructed in 1893 in Ohio, USA - concrete is actually the best material around for building roads due to its unrivalled durability. 

3) Concrete helped the UK defeat its enemies during the Second World War - concrete was used to build parabolic acoustic mirrors, more commonly known as listening ears, which reflect and focus sound waves. These huge structures were placed along the coast and were used to detect enemy aircrafts. 

4) Concrete is becoming more popular for use in homes -  including kitchen worksurfaces, smooth polished flooring and custom-made fireplaces. 

5) The earliest evidence of concrete structures dates back to around 6500BC - they can be found in Syria and Jordan. 

6) The tallest structure in the world is built from concrete - the Dubai skyscraper Burj Khalifa is a whopping 2,722 feet tall and used 330,000m³ of concrete to build. 

7) The UK’s largest concrete pump trucks are found at Wright Minimix, based in South England and South Wales - weighing in at 45 tonnes, the UK’s largest Axle 6 Section M60 & M62 Meter Carbon Fibre Boom Pumps, with on board K Tronic Stability control, is capable of delivering 180m³ of concrete an hour. 

8) Beijing’s new ‘starfish’ Daxing international airport is so big that China has poured more concrete every two years than America did in the entire 20th century. 

9) The iconic Brazilian statue ‘Christ the Redeemer’ was built using concrete and is perhaps one of the world’s best displays of concrete sculpture. 

10) Measuring 142 feet in diameter, the famous dome of the Pantheon in Rome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete structure - it was built by the Romans in 125AD. 


If you’re in need of the perfect mix of this remarkable building material, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Wright Minimix today. We supply and deliver quality ready mixed concrete straight to your site; no fuss, no waste. To learn more, contact the team today on 0117 958 2090 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions. 

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Why is Concrete Being Considered for Buildings on Mars?
05th September 2019

Scientists have identified concrete as being a suitable material for building shelter on other planets thanks to its strength and durability. 

Concrete plans for space exploration 

Since the first moon landing 50 years ago, leaps have been made in space exploration technology which will soon make it possible to send humans to Mars. However, space is a dangerous place and the astronauts who make the journey and their equipment will need a safe shelter when they get there to protect them from cosmic radiation and meteorites. Despite all the innovative, space-age technology available to them, scientists have, in fact, turned to one of the oldest building materials on Earth to solve this problem, concrete. 

Aleksandra Radlinska of Pennsylvania State University and the principal investigator explains, "on missions to the Moon and Mars, humans and equipment will need to be protected from extreme temperatures and radiation". She goes on to say that "concrete is very sturdy and provides better protection than many materials," which is why they are conducting this research. 

Difficultly finding the right mix of concrete

One of the main reasons for this is that concrete can theoretically be made using materials already available on the extra-terrestrial planet, saving a significant amount of money. Concrete is made from a specific blend of sand, gravel and rocks mixed together with water to form a liquid paste. When it sets, concrete forms a dense, solid mass that’s incredibly strong and hard wearing. Scientists believe that the process can be replicated in space, however, before we construct another Colosseum on Mars, there are questions about whether this process that works so well on Earth, will work just as well off planet. 

While our experts here at Wright Minimix have perfected the technique of mixing concrete on Earth, the scientists are experimenting with various materials such as cement powder, additives and the amount of water required in order to find a solution that will work on Mars. 


Back on Earth, or more specifically South England and South Wales, if you’re looking for quality ready mix concrete for your project, contact Wright Minimix today on 0117 958 2090 and we’ll be happy to discuss your needs. 

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Do I need to hire a concrete pump?
16th August 2019

Concrete pumping is an efficient way of delivering ready mix concrete, but is it right for you? Access problems, time and lack of manpower are all reasons to consider a concrete pump.

Your site is difficult to access

If the concrete mixer truck cannot get close to your lay site, then concrete delivery becomes much more challenging. Without a concrete pump, you will have to rely on manual labour and wheelbarrows to get your ready mix concrete from A to B within the timeframe to ensure it doesn’t start to cure. Not only can this be very wasteful, inefficient and costly, it can be downright impossible for larger scale products that require a large volume of concrete.

Hiring a concrete pump negates all these problems; no site is too difficult to access for one of our boom pumps or mini pumps. Capable of pumping up to 180m3 of concrete per hour, our concrete pumps ensure that your concrete mix is delivered on site quickly and affordably. That is the equivalent of nearly 1,800 wheelbarrow loads!

You have time restrictions

If you are working to a tight schedule, then concrete pumping is by far the most efficient method of concrete delivery available. Even if your site is not difficult to access, hiring a concrete pump will ensure that ready mix concrete is laid in the shortest amount of time possible.

You don’t have the manpower

For larger DIY projects, it is highly possible that you won’t have the help or manpower available to help you transport the concrete from the mixer to the correct location in the necessary time. A concrete pump totally removes this concern, allowing you to concentrate on finishing it the way you want.


Are you interested in a hiring a concrete pump for your DIY or commercial project? For more information on our concrete pumps, ready mix concrete and liquid screedcontact us on 0117 9582090.

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