How much concrete do I need?

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Posted on 14 September 2021

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

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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 cold joint forming.

A cold joint is a seam between the batches of concrete and tends to happen when there’s a significant delay between different pours. If there’s an interruption in concreting operations, the first batch may begin to set. Whilst this isn’t always a huge problem, it’s not ideal for some structural applications. There is a chance that a poor bond between the two batches can create a weak zone, creating potential voids.

If you order too much, you’ll need to pay for the amount you don’t use to be disposed of. This can add to the overall costs of your project. Keep in mind that most concrete suppliers recommend adding 5-10% to the volume to ensure you have enough. This will help you to avoid running out of concrete and risking cold joints forming.

Use a concrete calculator

When working out how much you need, it makes sense to use a concrete calculator. You’ll find these on the websites of reputable concrete suppliers in Doncaster and Rotherham. The calculator will ask you for the length, width and depth of the area you want to fill before multiplying these figures together to give a volume in m3.

Calculating the metric volume is quite straightforward when the shape is a 3D rectangle or square. However, if the shape is more complicated, you may need to break it up into several separate blocks or slabs, calculate the volume of each, and then add these figures together. Try not to overlap any areas when carrying out your measurements since this can leave you with excess concrete.

When it comes to irregularly shaped areas such as triangular prisms, cylinders, or spheres, specific equations may be required. However, in most cases, a concrete calculator is your friend when it comes to working out how much concrete do I need.

At Doncaster Quickmix, we provide our customers with an easy to use online calculator for working out the correct amount of concrete. One of the biggest benefits of using our calculator is that it accepts various units of measurement – both imperial and metric – including metre, millimetres, centimetres, inches, feet, and yards, for each dimension. We aim to make the process of ordering for your project as quick and simple as possible.

Concrete delivery or collection

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At Doncaster Quickmix, we’re proud to be one of the leading concrete suppliers in Doncaster and Rotherham. We’ve been bringing the highest quality concrete to individuals and businesses throughout the region for many years. We offer both concrete delivery and collection, allowing you to access it quickly when you need it.

Getting your concrete delivered is highly convenient and ensures that you can begin your project right away. Since we can offer same or next day delivery in many cases, you won’t need to wait too long for the concrete to arrive at your site. We’ll blend it to your requirements in our fully automated batching plant, making sure the finished product is of the highest possible quality. Our concrete always meets BS8500 standards.

Whether you’re laying a new driveway in front of your home or you need to lay foundations for a house, we can deliver the amount you need. We regularly supply concrete suitable for a broad range of applications, with all projects of all sizes catered to.

If you don’t want to wait for it to be delivered, you’re welcome to collect it from our site on Clay Lane West. We offer a collection service to both domestic and commercial customers. Whether you need lots or only a small amount, we can assist. We’re open until 3pm on weekdays, although we can stay open later on request. No appointment is necessary – simply turn up and we’ll be happy to help.

Get expert advice on calculating concrete

Calculating how much you need can sometimes be challenging, especially if the area you need it for is irregularly shaped. Fortunately, our friendly customer advisors are always on hand to guide you here at Doncaster Quickmix. We’re experts in helping customers work out how much concrete they need, with our team able to assist with complex calculations for awkwardly shaped areas. As your local specialists, you can rest assured that we can handle all of your requirements.

Contact us

“How much concrete do I need?” is a question we’re asked all the time here at Doncaster Quickmix. The good news is that we can usually point people directly to our concrete calculator to find out the answer. The tool is very easy to use, taking just a few minutes to find out the amount.

If you’re ready to place an order or you need more information about our readymix concrete in Doncaster and Rotherham, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01302 972997 (Doncaster) or 01709 807977 (Rotherham) to talk to one of our friendly team. Alternatively, send us a message via our website and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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