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PRIVACY POLICY

This privacy notice tells you what to expect when WRIGHT MINIMIX LTD collects personal information about you from our website.  

Visitors to our websites 

When someone visits http://www.wrightminimix.co.uk/ we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns.  

We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of our site. This information is only processed in a way that does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and we will explain what we intend to do with it. 

Search Engines 

Search queries and results are logged anonymously to help us improve our website and search functionality. No user-specific data is collected by either WRIGHT MINIMIX LTD or any third party. 

We use a third-party provider iContact to deliver our email marketing. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including clear gifs to help us monitor and improve our email marketing activity. For more information, please see iContact’s privacy notice at https://www.icontact.com/legal/privacy  

Cookie Policy 

Our website uses cookies. By using this website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to WRIGHT MINIMIX LTD’s use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy. 

Cookies are files sent by web servers to web browsers and stored by the web browsers. 

The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables a web server to identify and track web browsers. 

There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date. 

We use cookies on this website, for the following purposes: 

  • Make login faster to our website by remembering your login details 

  • Make the page load quicker by sharing the workload across computers 

  • Ensure our website pages are optimised for your browser or device by giving us technical information about the device or browser you are using 

Security & Performance  

We use a third-party service to help maintain the security and performance of WRIGHT MINIMIX LTD’s website. To deliver this service, it processes the IP addresses of visitors to the site. 

Contact Forms  

Should you choose to contact us using a contact form on the website or an email link, none of the data that you supply will be passed to / be processed by third-party data processors. Instead the data will be collated into an email and sent to us over the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). Our SMTP servers are protected by TLS (sometimes known as SSL) meaning that the email content is encrypted using SHA-2, 256-bit cryptography before being sent across the internet. The email content is then decrypted by our local computers and devices. 

We respect your privacy.  Any personal information that you send to us using a contact form on the website or an email, or email link will be stored securely with restricted access and we will not share this information with any third party.  If you have agreed to receive sales and marketing information from us, you can opt out of this agreement at any time.  If you have opted out of receiving sales and marketing information from us we respect your decision and will not contact you.  You can opt in to this agreement at any time. 

Emails 

We use Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt and protect email traffic in line with government. If your email service does not support TLS, you should be aware that any emails we send or receive may not be protected in transit. 

We will also monitor any emails sent to us, including file attachments, for viruses or malicious software. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send is within the bounds of the law. 

Telephone  

As a matter of policy we record all inbound and outbound telephone calls.  We do this for training purposes and because in some instances we may need to revisit information received or given during a conversation.  Recordings are kept securely by a third-party, GDPR compliant, service provider and all calls are deleted after 6 months. 

Access to personal information 

WRIGHT MINIMIX LTD tries to be as open as it can be in terms of giving people access to their personal information. Individuals can find out if we hold any personal information by making a ‘subject access request’. If we do hold information about you, we will: 

  • give you a description of it; 

  • tell you why we are holding it; 

  • tell you who it could be disclosed to; and 

  • let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form. 

To make a request for any personal information we may hold, you need to put the request in writing addressing it to the address provided below. 

If you agree, we will try to deal with your request informally, for example by providing you with the specific information you need over the telephone. 

You also have the right to be forgotten and your consent can be withdrawn at any time.  If you do withdraw consent we will remove/delete any personal data we hold on you. 

If we do hold information about you, you can ask us to correct any mistakes by, once again, contacting us via the address below. 

Links to other websites 

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. 

Changes to this privacy notice 

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 03.05.2018. 

How to contact us 

If you want to request information about our privacy policy, you can email us or write to: 

Wright Mini Mix
Unit 2,
St Ivel Way,
Warmley,
Bristol,
BS30 8TY

News
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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3 Common mistakes to avoid when handling ready mix concrete
14th March 2019

A well-managed project is the key to success when it comes to concrete installation. Here are 3 common mistakes to avoid when handling ready mix concrete.

Not preparing the site in advance

One of the most common issues we encounter when delivering ready mix concrete is that the client has not prepared their site properly in advance before attempting to lay the concrete. 

A poorly compacted sub base will result in an uneven surface finish and an increased risk of weak points. Using gravel that is too small or too thin on the ground can also result in settling. It’s therefore incredibly important to ensure you've prepared your site properly prior to laying the concrete.

Not preparing the concrete mix correctly

This can be a big problem for those who choose to mix concrete themselves, either by hand or using a mixer. A good concrete mix is hard to achieve and involves finding the right balance between water, cement and aggregates. Too much water and the concrete mixture will be weakened, whilst too little will make it unworkable.

Ordering ready mix concrete from trained experts such as ourselves is a sure-fire way to ensure you receive a top-quality concrete mix for your project. Whatever type of concrete mix you need, a concreting specialist will be able to tailor a concrete mix to meet your specific requirements.

Poor concrete finishing work

Just because the concrete is laid doesn’t mean your job is done. Concrete finishing is an essential part of the process, whether you’re installing a concrete shed base or a concrete floor for a warehouse.

Compacting the concrete is important and will help ensure its strength and durability, whilst going over the surface of the concrete with a screed tool will also help ensure that the concrete is smooth and level.


If you need any further advice when it comes to installing ready mix concrete, our team of experts will be able to provide you with all the help and guidance you need. For quality ready mix concrete in the South West and South Wales, don’t hesitate to contact us today!
 

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