31 May

How to Decide Which Concrete is Right For Your Home

Renovating or building the home of your dreams not only comes with an expense, but also a number of key decisions. If you’re considering using concrete as part of your building or renovation project, you have to think about what type of concrete you will be using.

There are a few different types of concrete, so it’s important to know about each type before you make your purchase. The following are the different types of concrete available:

Dry Ready Mix

This concrete is a dry mix and available to buy in large bags. By adding water as directed on the bag, you’re able to produce concrete in a matter of minutes. It can be used for a wide variety of projects. It is often chosen for small work projects. It is a popular choice because it is easy to mix and apply.

Ready Mix

This type of concrete is already mixed with water before purchase. It’s normally delivered and used right away. A concrete/cement company will usually bring the cement and pour it. It is good for small and medium size projects.

Transit Mix Concrete

This involves a concrete truck bringing premixed concrete which is ready to be used. This is great for very large products and usually involves only one concrete pour. It’s on the pricey side but good for foundations and large cement slabs. Many concrete companies have a minimum order amount and ready to work with.

Bulk Dry Materials

This type of concrete is normally used by those who have experience mixing concrete. It is useful for large products.

Decorative Concrete

1. Etching Pre-Designed Concrete Slabs

This type of concrete contains etchings of various designs through the surface of the concrete. This type of concrete is often used on walls. Etchings can be varying designs such as a classical design or a more contemporary design. The choice depends on how well it will go with the design of the rest of the room.

2. Stamping Concrete

This type of concrete that has a pattern on it known as a ‘stamp.’ It is popular for use on concrete floors. It adds a pleasant décor to the room and is very affordable. People will add this type of concrete on top of their old concrete.

3. Sandblasting Concrete

This type of concrete application involves blasting small sand-like particles on the concrete surface to give a more textured feel and look. You will have to use a sandblasting device and wear a mask to prevent inhalation of the blasting particles. It is a bit expensive, but it looks very nice when the sandblasting is complete

 

When choosing the appropriate concrete for your project, you not only have to pick the right concrete for the project, but you have to know what type of concrete is normally used for projects like yours. As well, you need to know if you can mix it yourself and apply it, or have a professional do it, and how much concrete you need. There are various types of concrete mixes for large projects such as putting in a foundation, or smaller projects such as adding decorative cement slaps to the property such as a walkway. No matter what type of project you have, there is concrete available that will meet your needs. If you have any questions or queries please get in touch on 07812 182 778 or visit our contact page.

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