When it comes to construction projects where concrete needs to get poured, you have two main options: ready-mix concrete and site-mixed concrete. The main difference between the two lies in how the concrete gets prepared. For instance, ready-mix concrete gets prepared in a concrete mixing plant then gets delivered to the construction site ready for pouring. Alternatively, site-mixed concrete gets composed at the construction site.
Though both are viable options for your concrete needs, comparing and contrasting each option is essential before choosing one over the other. With that said, here are three benefits of utilizing ready-mixed concrete over site-mixed concrete.
Ready-mix concrete arrives at the construction site ready to get utilized. As a result, there is no time wasted in preparing the concrete before it gets poured. Additionally, you can schedule ready-mix concrete deliveries to arrive when contractors are ready to pour it. Thus, you don't have to waste precious construction time waiting for the concrete delivery to arrive.
Conversely, site-mixed concrete usually involves a lot of time-wasting. One way this occurs with site-mixed concrete is the time it takes to prepare the mixture. Remember, preparing concrete involved measuring the appropriate amounts of water and cement, then mixing them together. The measuring and mixing wastes a lot of valuable time because the construction has to halt while this process gets complete.
Thus, as far as saving time is concerned, ready-mix concrete is the better option.
No Need to Store Raw Materials
If you opt for site-mixed concrete, you need to store the raw materials on site. Unfortunately, storing raw materials usually means you have to construct designated storage facilities, which is an additional expense.
Additionally, raw materials such as cement are prone to contamination by elements such as water. Suppose water intrudes into the storage facility where you store cement. In that case, there is a chance that a significant amount of your cement will go to waste because once it is contaminated by water, it is no longer helpful.
However, if you opt for ready-mix concrete, you don't have to deal with the hassles of constructing raw material storage facilities. As mentioned, ready-mix concrete arrives at the site ready for use. Thus, there is no need to store raw materials on site. Therefore, you also don't have to worry about this construction product getting contaminated while in storage.
Top Quality Concrete
Because site-mixed concrete gets prepared in the open, there are instances where the concrete mixture gets contaminated by dirt and other impurities. Additionally, because the raw material proportions get measured by contractors, there is also a chance that a calculation error can occur, resulting in low-quality concrete.
Fortunately, ready-mix concrete gets prepared in a controlled environment. Thus, there is minimal chance of dirt and impurities contaminating the concrete mixture. Additionally, all measurements for the raw materials are automated. Thus, each proportion of raw material gets precisely measured and added to the mixture, ensuring that the concrete mixture is top quality.
As far as concrete quality gets concerned, ready-mix concrete is the best option. For more information about ready-mix concrete, contact a contractor.