With the current restrictions in place and the weather improving, many individuals are looking to undertake garden and home improvement projects so that they can make the most of their outside space. As trusted suppliers to local builders and construction companies, one of the key materials still very much in high demand, is concrete.
At Avon Material Supplies (AMS), we have taken all of the Government advised precautions to enable us to remain fully operational during the current coronavirus pandemic. This means that if you need concrete, we can deliver it!
Read on for tips from our experts on working with concrete at your home during lockdown…
Introduction to AMS Concrete
We offer a full range of concrete mixes and our deliveries are completed using a volumetric mixer truck. This approach means your concrete order will be mixed when we arrive at your home, which ensures its freshness. Most importantly, mixing onsite means you only pay for the amount of concrete you require!
As operators of multiple volumetric concrete mixers, we are able to dispatch between 1m3 – 9m3 of concrete in a single trip at short notice.
Using a volumetric concrete service also allows you or your builder to adjust the concrete mix onsite if required. This is sometimes essential to accommodate for any changes in the weather or if your intended application requires a different strength than originally planned for.
Common concrete uses during lockdown
Even for domestic use, concrete is often required in order to complete a project to a standard where it is safe to use, durable and professional in appearance. Our concrete is often used domestically for applications such as:
Lockdown has encouraged many of us to get out those gardening gloves to tackle the job of making our outdoor spaces relaxing havens to enjoy the sunshine in. If you have tools, gardening equipment or outdoor furniture that needs storing, you may be looking to install a shed.
When installing a shed, you’ll need a firm, secure and level surface to avoid water pooling and to allow correct alignment. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is with concrete. You prepare the surface and we’ll bring the concrete. Then, all you need to do to be shed-ready is place the concrete, level it and let it dry out.
Install a gate or fence
With more time than ever being spent in our own gardens, you may want some additional privacy. You can purchase a gate, the timber to build one from scratch or fencing from most hardware stores, but you will need concrete for the installation.
For a gate, you’ll need to dig two holes in the ground for the gate posts. Insert the gate posts into the holes, using props to ensure that they stay level, then pour concrete into the holes to secure them. We recommend leaving the props in place for at least 48 hours to allow the concrete to completely dry before removing them. If you’re installing a fence, follow the same process for each fence post.
Foundations for garden walls
Once you’ve established where your garden wall is to go, you’ll need to dig a trench that will be filled with concrete to create a sturdy wall base. As with any concrete application, it’s important that this trench is completely level to achieve a sturdy and even wall at the end.
Laying concrete in the heat
As temperatures continue to rise as spring nears towards summer, there are some factors that you’ll need to take into consideration when working with concrete in the heat. This is because warmer temperatures can change the concrete composition and setting times. Our top tips include:
- Avoid delays between mixing and pouring – The quicker you can complete the process, the better. This is where our volumetric concrete mixers come into their own as we’ll mix the concrete on-site so it can be poured straight away. You’ll also want to consider practicalities like having the area fully prepped and ensuring easy access.
- Pour during the cooler parts of the day – Where possible, it is preferable to lay concrete in the early morning or later afternoon, avoiding the midday heat. This helps to avoid accelerated setting and will protect you from the risks associated with heat exposure too.
- Adjust the mix as needed – If you find that the heat is affecting your concrete mix, it’s possible to reverse this process by reacting quickly. Our concrete professionals are experienced in creating the perfect concrete mix in any type of environment, so if you use our concrete service, don’t worry – we’ll take care of this as standard.
Trust AMS with your next concrete project
If you’ve decided that now is the time to tackle a project that involves concrete, our AMS Concrete team would be happy to assist you.
At AMS Concrete, we provide the highest quality concrete service for our customers. We’re always on hand to offer advice and can guide you through everything from placing a concrete order, to establishing the perfect concrete mix for your requirements.
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