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Concreting in Summer: Advice from our Dorset Concrete Operations Manager

As we see temperatures soar across the south coast, it’s clear that British summertime has started and this can therefore bring challenges when it comes to concreting in heat.

With this in mind, we caught up with Jason, our Operations Manager here at AMS Concrete to chat to him about concreting during the summer months and how we can help with your next commercial or residential project.

Getting the right Dorset concrete mix

Depending on your project, you will need to consider the following:

  • The volume of concrete you need
  • The mix type

We provide many mixes of concrete which we can discuss with you to ensure you get the right one for the job.

Mixes include:

  • C8/Gen0
  • C10/GEN1
  • C15/GEN2
  • C20/GEN3
  • C25
  • C30
  • C45
  • C50
  • RC35
  • PAV1
  • PAV 2
  • C35 Pump mix
  • Foamed

The different grades of concrete are based on their strength and use. For example, the lower-numbered grades are more likely to be used for domestic or smaller commercial projects such as patios, pathways and non-structural work.

Transporting your concrete

You will want to consider which option out of our three concrete services will work best for you and your team:

Concrete collection – if you have a suitable vehicle, then concrete collection may be the most cost-effective option. Collections are from our batching plant at Canford Recycling Centre near Wimborne and must be pre-booked in advance. We operate convenient opening hours, between Monday and Fri 7:30am to 4pm.

Ready-mix concrete deliveries – Our concrete drum mixers can deliver up to 8m3 of concrete in a single trip throughout Dorset, ideal if you know exactly how much concrete you need for your job.

Volumetric (mix on-site) deliveries – If you need more flexibility in terms of the volume of concrete you may need, then our mix on-site service may be more suitable. It also means that the mix ratio can be adjusted on-site to ensure that it perfectly suits your requirements, as well as saving money and reducing waste.

Unsure which concrete option will be best suited to you? Give our team a call on 01202 579579.

Laying your concrete

In hot weather, the water in newly placed concrete evaporates quicker, meaning it will harden faster and can make working with it more time sensitive.

Consider the following:

  • The volume of concrete you are laying
  • The time of day you’re pouring
  • Acting fast when your concrete arrives

Delaying the curing process

During warmer weather months, interior and exterior concrete will ‘go off’ (dry) much quicker, which can lead to the concrete cracking if it’s not cured properly. There are a few ways to delay the curing process which can include covering the concrete with a plastic sheet to hold in the moisture or using a curing spray.

Seek professional advice

For professional advice, we would recommend visiting the Concrete Society website or alternatively, call our Concrete Manager, Jason on 01202 579579.

Ready to start your next Dorset concrete project?

If you’re looking for a new concrete provider, AMS Concrete provides a quick turnaround time for all Dorset concrete projects. Whether you want a small volume for some garden works you are completing, or larger volumes for a building development, we’ve got the answer.

Give our concrete team a call to discuss your options and receive your quote. Call us on 01202 579579 or fill in a form here.

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