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Trying to get a definitive answer for concrete prices is hard.

There are a number of factors to take into account that impact prices.

Large ready mix concrete suppliers such as Hanson and Cemex will explain the history of concrete and technical specifications but they will not provide a set price of say £100.00, £123.00 or £132.00 per cubic metre.

This is understandable…

Concrete prices vary by how much is ordered, type of mix, type of reinforcement (if any), as well as access and waiting times.

Additionally raw material prices can influence concrete prices, too.

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Concrete Prices

In general terms, a ready mix concrete truck (the ones you see on the roads with spinning drums) will have a maximum capacity of 8 Cubic metres and weigh over 30 tonnes.

So will 8 cubic metres be enough to cover your driveway?

STOP!

Wait a minute…..that’s not the right way to go about it….what if you don’t need 8 cubic metres!

Start with some measurements. Below is a handy table of example driveways (different sizes) based on a laying thickness of 8oomm.

Concrete Prices Summary

 

Will Concrete Prices increase with reinforcement?

Using fibre reinforcement will increase the cost by a little bit. The most common type of reinforcement is polypropylene fibre concrete but for driveways taking heavier loads, advanced polypropylene fibre can be used.

How does polypropylene reinforce concrete?

Thousands of individual fibres are dispersed throughout the concrete during the mixing process and this creates a super strong matrix-like structure that is comparative and even exceeds the strength of using conventional metal rod reinforcement. However, this doesn’t guarantee the concrete will not crack….nothing can guarantee that.

Will concrete prices increase with use of air entraining agents?

It is best to use an air entraining agent in a concrete mix. This ensures billions of air cells are in every cubic metre. Like fibre, the use of air entraining agent will increase costs slightly.

Almost every winter in the UK will see ground temperatures below zero. That means water freezes – that includes the billions of tiny particles of water within your concrete driveway. This can then weaken the structure and cause cracking. Air entraining agents provide microscopic air chambers for water to expand into when it freezes. Clever, eh?

Using air entrained concrete is a must for pattern imprinted concrete installations.

Additionally, using at least 320 kg of cement per cubic metre with suitable reinforcement reducing the risks of cracking considerably.

Find out more about pattern imprinted concrete.

Remember – get the right mix!

Are you having an install any time soon?

Contact us if you need any help!

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