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    A Look at the Different Types of Concrete Mix

    Last updated 18 hours ago

    The type of concrete mix that you need for your project depends on a variety of factors. Taking the time to choose the right concrete mix will ensure that you are able to prepare the mix properly and that your project goes smoothly. For tips that will help you choose the right concrete mix, read on.

    Dry Ready Mix

    Dry ready mix is found readily in home improvement stores. It comes with everything you need to make concrete—all you have to do is find the right tools, add water, and mix the concrete. This type of concrete is expensive, so it’s only cost-effective if you have a small job.

    Ready Mix

    Ready mix concrete is already mixed in exact proportions in a batch plant, saving you the time, effort, and money required to mix all of the relevant ingredients in the correct ratio at the worksite. It also saves you from needing to have a water source at the work site. You can pick up ready mix concrete if you have a truck or have it delivered.

    Transit Mix

    If your concrete job is over 100 yards, you can call a reputable concrete company in San Francisco and have them bring a 60-yard-per-hour batch plant to your worksite. This will save you from the large pools of washout, truck traffic jams, and the other difficulties of on-site mixing.

    Bulk Dry Materials

    You can buy all of the materials you need to make concrete, but you will have to pay to have them delivered to the worksite. This option requires that you know what and how much to mix together.

    If you need a ready mix concrete solution for your next project, call A-1 Ready Mix Concrete 24 hours at (510) 629-4523 for a free estimate. Visit our website to learn about the high-quality ready mixes we offer to our customers in the San Francisco area.

    Concrete Project Ideas for the Summer Months

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Summer is the perfect time to complete a concrete project that will enhance the look and function of your home or business. Concrete is an extremely versatile building material that can be used to create walkways, patios, benches, planters, and many other structures. A-1 Ready Mix Concrete can help by providing the concrete and other materials you need to complete any summertime project.

    Concrete Planters

    You can enhance the look of your garden this year by creating concrete planters for flowers and produce-bearing plants. Concrete can be poured into a variety of molds to create square, rectangular, round, or star-shaped planters to show off your creativity and style. Experiment with concrete coloring, embedded stones, and other design work to turn your garden into a unique work of art.

    Concrete Fountain

    A concrete water feature is a beautiful addition to any property. Fountains add not only a visual feature, but the soft sound of falling water promotes calm in any environment as well. Fountains can be installed outdoors or indoors, and a concrete fountain makes a great weekend project. You can use concrete to form traditional tiered fountains or sleek, modern pieces that incorporate fire or light features for additional visual elements.

    Concrete Seating

    Concrete makes an excellent building material when creating comfortable and stylish seating for your property. Poolside chairs offer a place to relax and keep an eye on the kids, while a garden bench is the perfect venue from which to enjoy the color and fragrance of a summertime garden. Chairs and benches can be as ornate or as simple as you’d like—the design possibilities are endless, allowing you to match the look and feel of your seating to the other design elements of your home or business.

    You can make your concrete designs a reality this summer with help from A-1 Ready Mix Concrete. We offer ready mix concrete, concrete colors, crushed aggregates, portable plants, and more for residential and commercial projects in the San Francisco area. You can reach us by calling (510) 629-4523 or clicking on our convenient web contact form.

    Techniques for Coloring Concrete

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Colored concrete provides an additional decorative element to your property, complementing your home’s exterior to improve curb appeal. Even if your current concrete is not colored, you don’t need to remove and re-pour it to enjoy the look of colored concrete.

    This video explains one basic technique for coloring concrete. You can purchase a pre-mixed color or make your own custom coloring. Use a garden sprayer to spray the paint onto the concrete; you can create an antique or natural stone look by allowing the paint to puddle in certain areas rather than covering the area uniformly. 

    Would you like to enhance the look of your property with colored concrete? A-1 Ready Mix Concrete is pleased to offer Davis concrete colors! Visit us online to find out more about colored concrete, crushed aggregates, and concrete recycling, or call (510) 629-4523 to order your ready mix concrete today.

    A Look at Your Concrete Recycling Options

    Last updated 22 days ago

    When old concrete is removed, it can be recycled and reused rather than thrown away in landfills. Concrete recycling offers an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective solution that can benefit many construction applications. Crushed concrete can be used in the construction of new buildings and roadways to conserve material and enhance structural stability. A-1 Ready Mix Concrete offers two convenient concrete demolition, crushing, and recycling options in San Francisco. If you can transport concrete rubble yourself, bring it to our yard where we will recycle and repurpose it. Alternatively, A-1 Ready Mix Concrete can come to your property and crush your concrete on-site if you aren’t able to transport it to our location on your own.

    Are you interested in recycling old concrete or purchasing recycled concrete for use in your next construction project? Contact A-1 Ready Mix Concrete by calling (510) 629-4523 for same-day concrete services in the San Francisco and San Jose areas. Check us out on the web to learn more about the benefits of choosing ready mix concrete for your next home or office project.

    How to Prevent Spalling in Your Concrete

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Spalling or scaling is a defect that occurs in concrete when it goes through repeated freeze-thaw cycles. Concrete that has become spalled appears flaky, pitted, or cracked. Although spalling is generally a cosmetic concern, more extensive damage could affect the structure of your concrete as well. Spalling typically occurs due to poor preparation or pouring technique, so the best way to prevent it is to mix and pour your concrete properly.

    Use the Right Mixing Ratio

    Mixing too much water into your concrete can weaken it. Make sure to use the right ratio of water to dry mix when preparing your concrete. Ordering your concrete ready-mixed from a professional will ensure the proper ratio is achieved, especially if you are not experienced in mixing concrete yourself.

    Finish Properly

    Finishing your concrete too soon is another frequent cause of spalling. Hard-troweling the surface of concrete while water is still trying to escape can trap that water inside, making it susceptible to expansion and contraction with temperature changes. As the water expands and contracts when it freezes and thaws, it will create cracks and flaking. Make sure your concrete has dried adequately before finishing the surface to prevent this problem.

    Use Deicing Salts in Moderation

    Many deicing chemicals can exacerbate a spalling problem, leading to more extensive damage in your concrete over time. In the winter months, a shovel should be your primary means or removing snow from steps, sidewalks, and driveways. If you do use deicing salts, use them in moderation and select a product that will not damage concrete. Mixing your deicer with sand will provide additional traction and allow you to use less of the product while still achieving the same safety goals.

    You can learn more about pouring, finishing, and protecting your concrete from the experts at A-1 Ready Mix Concrete. We proudly provide a variety of concrete products throughout San Francisco, including ready mix concrete, portable plants, and Davis concrete colors. Call us today at (510) 629-4523 or check out our blog for more tips on pouring and maintaining your concrete.  

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