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4 Factors to Consider When Choosing Concrete November 25, 2019

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4 Factors to Consider When Choosing Concrete, Windham, Connecticut

While you might think there’s no variety when it comes to concrete, there are actually different types that are appropriate in different circumstances. To ensure you choose the best mix for your project's needs, take note of the following tips.

How to Pick the Right Concrete

1. Demands of the Design 

Concrete mixes are partially defined by their strength per square inch (PSI). If you're creating a floor, driveway, or walkway, you need concrete with at least 2,500 PSI. For most other aspects of a general construction project, including walls and ceilings, the concrete should have a minimum of 3,000 PSI. However, if the new building is being placed in an area with extreme weather or expectations of impact, the concrete is best formulated with 5,000 PSI.

2. Timing & Location

concreteHow quickly do you need the project done? If you're creating something that needs to be ready in 20 to 40 minutes, go with fast-setting concrete. If you have at least a day or two to spare, or if you're laying out a foundation, use high-resistance concrete, which sets in 10 to 12 hours. For areas where you anticipate a lot of foot traffic, crack-resistant concrete is a good choice.

3. Color

Gray is the characteristic hue for concrete, but other colors are available, too. You can generally choose red, brown, blue, or white, so determine if one of these colors is more appropriate for your goals. If you plan to paint over the concrete regardless of its color, make sure you get a color that'll work well with the paint. For example, light paint probably won't hide dark concrete.

4. Professional Opinions

If you've considered each of these factors and still aren't sure which concrete mix to pick, ask a concrete supplier or someone with extensive experience in construction for advice. Even if you feel confident about your choice, it's a good idea to get the opinion of a seasoned professional.

 

If you're ready to order concrete for your project, contact Builder’s Concrete East in Windham, CT. They have 50 years of experience making and delivering ready-mix concrete for a variety of residential and commercial projects, including buildings, driveways, walkways, pools, and bridges. They also offer concrete blocks measuring 2 x 2 x 6 interlocking and 2 x 3 x 6 interlocking. To find out more, call (860) 456-4111 or message them online.

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