If you want to build a concrete slab in your backyard for a fire pit, picnic table, or seating area, you may want to have ready-mix concrete delivered rather than mix your own concrete from a bag.
If your slab will be small, you might mix the concrete yourself, but when it's large and you want your project to have a professional look, ready-mix concrete is often the best idea since it results in a consistently mixed batch of concrete. Here are tips for ordering and using ready-mix concrete.
Find A Supplier That Delivers Small Loads
A concrete company usually deals with construction sites that need large batches of concrete, so not all may offer small batches for residential use. While it's best to order ready-mix concrete from the closest supplier, you'll also need to make sure they can deliver small loads and that you're charged accordingly.
Calculate The Yards Of Ready Mix Concrete Needed
The first step is to calculate how much concrete you need. You can do this by searching for a concrete calculator online. Enter the depth, width, and length of the slab you're making. The calculator then lets you know the number of cubic yards you need as well as the number of bags you would need for making concrete yourself.
Then call a ready-mix company and ask about their minimum order size. Small batches of ready-mix concrete might be made on the spot rather than at the factory, but there still may be a minimum purchase. If the minimum you can order is one yard and you don't need that much, you might need to buy bags instead or pay for the full yard even though you don't need it.
Be Sure The Site Is Ready For The Concrete
A ready-mix company just delivers concrete. They'll pump it to your project site, but they won't prepare the site. This should be done well in advance so you're ready and waiting for the truck on delivery day. Preparations include building a sturdy base, placing forms to hold the concrete in place, and reinforcing the area with rebar.
Also, be ready to start spreading the concrete as soon as it's delivered since the concrete starts to get hard quickly.
By building your own slab and adjoining walkways, you can save a lot of money even if you need a contractor to make your concrete. Plus, putting in a hardscape yourself is a fun DIY project that isn't too difficult, and it will bring a lot of satisfaction when you've successfully completed it.
Contact a company like Diamondback Redi-Mix to learn more.