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Are there different quality standards of concrete?

Whether you’re embarking on a domestic or commercial construction project, you may be wondering “Are there different quality standards of concrete?” The answer to this question is yes, there are several grades of concrete to choose from. Read on to find out more about the different types of concrete grades and their uses.   What are grades of concrete?  Grade of concrete refers to the minimum compressive strength the concrete should have 28 days after construction with proper quality control. We measure C grade concrete using cubic concrete testing. We take samples from a batch of concrete and then test them to…

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What is the Difference Between Dry Screed and Flowing Screed?

Screed is a thin layer of material, typically consisting of cement, aggregates and water, used to create a smooth, even surface at the top of a concrete subfloor. Screed is applied for two main purposes: to enable the successful installation of finished flooring, and to facilitate the efficient movement of heat in an underfloor heating system.  There are two types of screed available: dry screed and flowing screed. Both types are effective at delivering a smooth surface to the subfloor, but both types offer contrasting applications and price points that may not be suitable for every project. Read on to see…

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Can you lay concrete in the winter?

With the cold weather setting in, you may be wondering “Can you lay concrete in the winter?” Whilst it’s true that low temperatures can cause concrete to lose strength and durability, there are ways you can minimise any damage. Read on to find out more. The risks of laying concrete in cold weather Laying concrete in the winter isn’t ideal since the cold weather can impact its quality and condition. Damage can occur if the concrete cools below freezing point. Often, it will be unusable at this stage. Below freezing, the process of hydration slows down, leading the concrete to become…

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How much concrete do I need for footings?

Are you wondering ‘How much concrete do I need for footings’? If so, this guide is for you. In this article, we’ll discuss how much concrete you’ll need for your footings and why footings are so important in construction projects. At Doncaster Quickmix, we are one of the leading concrete suppliers in Doncaster and Rotherham, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need to source concrete for footings. Read on to find out more. What exactly is a concrete footing? When you are building a structure, the foundations are the first thing you need to think about. Sitting underneath…

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How much concrete do I need?

Are you wondering “How much concrete do I need for my project?” Worried that you’ll order either too little or too much of it? Then read on. We’ve created a guide to help you calculate exactly how much you will need. Ordering the correct amount of concrete Don’t underestimate the importance of ordering the correct amount of concrete. When purchasing for any domestic or commercial task, you need to calculate the volume you’ll need accurately. If you don’t, problems can arise that can impact the success of your project. For example, if you don’t order enough, this can result in a…

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How to use concrete for landscaping projects

Visually appealing, durable, and affordable, concrete is ideal for use in landscaping projects. This material is incredibly versatile, which means it can be used in a wide range of ways. From edging to flower beds or retaining walls to paving or stepping stones, concrete can create many attractive features within a garden. Read on to find out how to use concrete for landscaping projects.   Using concrete for garden landscaping projects  When it comes to landscaping trends, concrete is one of the biggest of the last few years. Landscapers are increasingly using this material to build a vast array of attractive…

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How to pour concrete in hot weather

With summer now on us, your thoughts might be turning to how to pour concrete in hot weather. After all, if temperatures are too high, the quality of the concrete can be compromised. At Doncaster Quickmix, we can provide expert advice on pouring concrete in hot weather, helping to ensure that your construction project goes as planned.  The problem with pouring concrete in hot weather When pouring concrete in hot weather, there’s a risk that it won’t gain its full compressive strength when cured. Air temperature is less important than the temperature of the concrete. When the temperature is higher than…

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What are concrete worktops?

Concrete worktops are in high demand right now, with many homeowners are drawn to their rustic, industrial style. There’s no doubt they’re making their way into homes across the UK but are you really sure what they are? In this article, we’ll answer the question ‘What are concrete worktops?” and provide you with the pros and cons of this popular kitchen feature. As one of the leading concrete suppliers in Doncaster and Rotherham, you can rest assured that we know a thing or two about concrete!  Concrete worktops: what exactly are they? Concrete worktops have become highly sought after in recent…

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What’s the best way to transport concrete

If you are looking at buying concrete you may be wondering, what’s the best way to transport concrete? Are you unsure of the best way to transport concrete to your site? Then read on. At Doncaster Quickmix, we’ve been supplying ready mix concrete in Doncaster and Rotherham for many years, working with both domestic and commercial customers throughout the area. We can answer all your questions when it comes to concrete, including how you should transport it so the quality of the mix isn’t compromised.  The importance of proper concrete transportation Concrete is a complex mixture of cement, sand, aggregate, and…

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How to pour concrete in cold weather

The British weather is famously unpredictable. This means that you can’t always be sure that the sun will be shining when you decide to pour concrete. Cold temperatures can have a big impact on freshly laid concrete, causing it to become damaged and useless. Read on to find out how to pour concrete in cold weather.  What are the risks of pouring concrete in cold weather?  Pouring concrete in cold weather is often unavoidable, particularly if you’re rushing to finish a project to a deadline. However, there are risks involved in doing so, with low temperatures impacting the quality and condition…

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