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Concrete Mixes

 

Whether you need concrete for a DIY or commercial project, we will efficiently supply you with quality concrete mixes made to your bespoke specifications.

All our concrete mixes are largely composed of water, aggregates and cement; however, different additives can serve to enhance certain features. For example, concrete mixes can be modified to achieve additional strength, workability or to reduce setting time, along with other desirable traits.

We understand that every concreting project is different, that's why all our concrete mixes are made to deliver to your bespoke specifications. To discuss your concrete mix requirements with us, don’t hesitate to contact us on 0117 958 2090.

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Why choose our concrete mixes?

 

Whatever your project, we will be able to manufacture a concrete mix to suit your needs. We can supply prescribed mixes, designated mixes and standardised prescribed concrete mixes that all meet BS8500-2 British governing standards. 

Not only are our concrete mixes made to perform as required, but they’ll also help save you money! You’ll only ever pay for exactly what you need when ordering concrete mixes with us, and due to more efficient plant mixing methods, cement and waste production are kept to a minimum. This makes our process an environmentally friendly option of ready mix concrete production when compared with using DIY cement mixers.

To find out more about how our concrete mixes can benefit your project, contact us on 0117 958 2090.

What can you use our concrete mixes for?

 

Our concrete mixes are useful for a broad range of enterprises, such as building foundations, extensions, paths, roads and basement conversions to name just a few. We can deliver concrete mixes from as small as 0.2m³, so we can accommodate even the smallest DIY projects, as well as large scale commercial concrete foundation plans.

Concrete delivery is not an issue for us, as we have concrete pumps available for hire in a range of sizes, including the largest concrete pump in the UK, so we can reach even the most difficult to access lay sites.

Get in touch with our team today to discuss the concrete mixes and delivery method you require on 0117 958 2090.

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Key benefits of our concrete mixes

 

Our concrete mixes are made for delivery from a central plant, with each batch made to the client's bespoke specifications. Here are the key benefits of choosing our concrete mixes for your project:

When you use our concrete mixes, you only pay for what you use, cutting your costs when compared with mixing your own concrete. It also means that you don't need to pay for a mixer on site to mix your cement for you.

We deliver directly to you on site, so there's no need to invest in proper concrete storage either, which will also save you money on your project.

You can feel confident that you will receive a high-quality concrete product by using our concrete mixes. We work to highly maintained governing standards and use efficient plant mixing methods to ensure consistent concrete quality at all times.

You may be surprised to know that our concrete mixes are eco-friendly! The core ingredients of concrete are cement, water and aggregate, and these are all in abundant supply and don’t have as great an impact on the environment when they are extracted.

As all batches of concrete mix are custom made, there is little or no wastage and any surplus materials can be easily reclaimed and refurbished back to their natural condition with leftover concrete mixes being readily reused or recycled.

We are the right people for you – let’s work together!
Contact us on 0117 958 2090 today to get a quote or to find out more.

 

We are proud to deliver our concrete mixes across a number of locations, including: Bristol, Cheddar, Newport, Avonmouth, Bath, Frome, Weston-super-Mare, ChippenhamGlastonbury and Cardiff.

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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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3 Signs your concrete floor could need replacing
04th April 2019

Concrete can start to wear over time and may need re-laying if it’s cracked or discoloured: our specialists highlight some of the signs to look out for.

Eventually, concrete may need replacing. The wear and tear that accrues over time can result in peeling, cracking or worse, so read on to discover how you can spot the signs that you need a new concrete surface.

Spalling

Spalling, or scaling, is when the concrete peels or flakes away. It’s generally caused by moisture getting into the concrete and is a particularly bad problem in basements. Generally, spalling occurs in colder weather when water seeps in, freezes, and then melts again.

When steel is used to reinforce concrete, moisture can also cause a problem, as it causes the metal to expand, putting stress on the surrounding concrete.

Cracking

Concrete cracking is usually an issue caused by external factors, such as it being subjected to a traffic heavier than it was designed to withstand. Whether this is caused by footfall or vehicles, this is referred to as pressure cracking.

Whilst pressure cracking comes from above, heaving cracks come from below and are caused by things like tree roots or a property settling into its foundations. The movement beneath the concrete means that the surface begins to crack as a result.

Discolouration

Often, the surface of concrete can be affected over time by rainfall. The alkaline content begins to be washed away, and this can produce a fertile breeding ground for plant life, such as algae and fungi, followed by more prominent weeds.

This looks unsightly and can cause structural problems like roots growing into the concrete, in turn causing more cracking in your concrete. It’s important to notice if your concrete is starting to look a different colour, before it starts cracking.


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

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