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What are the different types of concrete pumps?

February 21, 2016

When your construction project involves pumping concrete at some stage, it’s important to know which concrete pump is most suited to your requirements. Concrete pumps are the ideal option for placing concrete at a faster rate, and are useful for areas that may have limited access or restricted areas in which concrete needs to be poured. Here at Roadmaster Concrete Mixers, we’ve been supply concrete pumps for years, so we know the high quality work a pump can deliver, not to mention the valuable time saved. In this article, we’ve outlined the main differences between concrete pumps, and their popular uses….

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Top Tips for Pumping Concrete in Winter

December 14, 2015

Pumping concrete in cold temperatures can present a number of problems: the biggest potential problem being that concrete could freeze during the process and thus stop the flow of concrete through the pipes. To achieve the perfect pour, and prevent delays and additional costs, it’s important to take steps to ensure concrete does not freeze whilst being pumped. We’ve listed a few of our top tips to ensure this doesn’t happen. Mix concrete with hot water Mixing concrete with hot water is one of the most effective ways to ensure it doesn’t freeze whilst being pumped through the pipeline. The water…

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A Guide to Concrete Floor Coating Methods and Techniques

November 28, 2014

Gone are the days of a concrete floor, or basement, or showroom base, being an uninteresting grey slab. Today, there are coatings or mix additives that provide an attractive, hardwearing and cost-effective product finish. No matter how old your concrete base is, it can be repaired and given a new lease of life. Below are some alternatives to turn your ugly grey slab into an attractive, long-term floor. Concrete Sealers Sealers fall into penetrating or film-forming categories. These include acrylics, polyurethanes, epoxies, hardeners and densifiers. Each has different properties, specific to what the base has been designed for, and the required…

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Concrete vs. Steel in Construction

August 25, 2014

It can be difficult to choose between concrete and steel before initiating any major construction, and ultimately the decision will be based on the needs of the project. Indeed, both materials are used extensively throughout the industry and their presence can be seen in nearly every structure built during the last century. While there are positive and negative aspects to each material, many astute builders will choose concrete over its steel counterpart. So, why is this the case? And what are some of the most profound advantages that are offered by concrete?   Preparation Many will point to the fact that…

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How to Avoid Cracks Forming in Concrete

April 30, 2014

Concrete is undoubtedly one of the strongest, most robust man-made materials available when it comes to construction or floor laying. But even the toughest things can become damaged over time or through heavy duty impact. Concrete often has to withstand a lot of traffic, either from people, vehicles or machinery, making it susceptible to cracks and other faults. This is largely inescapable. However, cracks can also form if your concrete is incorrectly mixed or laid, which is most definitely avoidable, so long as you’re aware of the reasons that might cause them to occur…   Incorrect Mix One of the biggest…

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Should you Refurbish or Replace your Mixing Truck?

March 15, 2014

With better materials and better construction technology, the modern volumetric concrete mixing truck is far more sturdy and reliable than in previous decades. However, this doesn’t mean that your truck won’t need replacing or refurbishing at some point, as with constant use there is an end of life for every truck. There are two options available to you depending on your situation. The first is that you can simply choose to have the truck refurbished; this can be done if the vehicle itself is still in good working condition and only the mixer needs replacing. The alternative, presumably because neither the…

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Surface Preparation Guide for Concrete Floors

February 17, 2014

Concrete floors are the ideal option for many industrial and commercial environments, particularly where heavy machinery is involved. Some domestic premises can also benefit from the surface, such as in utility rooms, driveways and garages. Having a concrete floor laid is a job for professionals. However, once completed, treating and painting the surface can be carried out by anyone in possession of a decent DIY grounding, the correct equipment and a few useful tips… NB: It’s important to note that the advice below is based on concrete floors that do not need repairs to cracks or other damage. The tips are…

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A Consumer Guide to Ready Mix Concrete

January 21, 2014

With advances in recipes and materials available in the construction industry, you can now have a batch of concrete made to your exact specifications for almost any purpose. These advances change all the time, and no matter whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned expert our ready mix concrete tips could help you when you decide to place your next order. Choosing the mix you need There are so many ways in which concrete can be utilised these days. With a range of additives and aggregates available, you can produce a mixture specifically for your needs whether you are laying…

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How to Clean Concrete Driveways

December 18, 2013

Even if you don’t put a great deal of thought into the kind of concrete you use for your driveway, you should always try to take good care of the surface. In future you may want to move and sell your house, and when people come to look at your home the driveway will be a clear indication as to what they can expect inside – with oil spills and a mud coating you’re giving the signal that you don’t care about upkeep or cleanliness. At Roadmaster Concrete, we have a raft of experience in the concrete industry and want to…

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Laying Concrete Garage Floor Slabs: What You Need to Know

October 29, 2013

Whether used to store the family car or an array of garden furniture and tools, ensuring that the floor of your garage is durable and secure is vitally important. Most garages will have concrete floors, designed to be long-lasting and robust. For those building a new garage, or renovating an existing one, here are a few things to look out for when approaching concrete floor slabs… The first step to making sure your concrete slab floor is laid correctly is to prepare the base. Concrete can be lain directly onto soil, as even low quality earth has a high load-bearing capability…

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