It can be hard to know exactly what materials to use for your projects. We’re here to make that process simpler. Today the experts from Tolley Concrete will be discussing the differences between site-mixed concrete and ready-mix concrete. With these insights, you’ll be able to know what’s best for your project. Learn all about it in today’s blog. 

How is it delivered?
Site-mixed concrete is measured by volume. It’s prepared at the construction site, as the name implies. It requires the use of precise formulas when mixing to get the correct consistency and strength. Ready-mix concrete is a bit easier; it’s manufactured at a plant and delivered to the construction site in an unhardened, plastic state. This makes it quicker to use once it arrives at the project. 

How is it stored?
Once the respective concrete types arrive at the construction site, they are distributed and stored in different ways. Ready-mix concrete can be easily used in various areas of the project, while batches of site-mixed concrete must be precisely mixed at each location to avoid contamination. The latter also requires a batch mixer to combine the ingredients at each location.

Ready-mix concrete doesn’t have any additional space requirements, as the only materials brought onto the site are the ones needed for the project. Site-mixed concrete will require a controlled storage space to hold raw materials ready to be mixed, like aggregate.

How is the quality?
While ready-mix concrete can sound like a shortcut, it actually will show better overall quality than site-mixed concrete. This is due to the elimination of errors that can happen in the mixing and formulas required for site-mixed concrete. This will need constant supervision to remain error-free, while ready-mix concrete is easier to regulate and quality-control. Want to learn more about concrete? Read up on our blog

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