March 2017

The Many Benefits of Ready Mix Concrete

by TRP Ready Mix on March 21, 2017

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Save Time and Money on Your Next Construction Job with Ready Mix Concrete

If you need concrete for a small construction job but you don’t want to go over budget, use ready mix concrete to save you money and time. Ready mix concrete is convenient and affordable, providing you with a high quality finished product that will last. The best part is that you don’t even have to mix or pour the concrete yourself. The ready mix concrete pros will do it for you.

When planning your next construction job, consider the many benefits of ready mix concrete that make it the best choice for your concrete project.

No Wasted Materials

Ready mix concrete is custom ordered with the exact amount you will need for your project. This means you can order just enough for your small project and you won’t have to pay for extra materials. You can avoid spending more than what you need to and also avoid having to waste and dispose of materials.

Environmentally Friendly

Less waste is always better for the environment, and using ready mix concrete will reduce energy consumption over the course of your construction job. Ready mix concrete is also energy efficient because it reduces heating and cooling costs in buildings with insulated concrete walls. Property and home owners will end up using less energy and saving more money overall on energy bills.

Local Concrete Products

The stone and concrete aggregates used in ready mix concrete are from local quarries and sand pits. By using local materials, companies save on fuel and transportation costs while also supporting local businesses.

Lower Costs

Since ready mix concrete arrives at the job site ready to pour—and can also be poured by the concrete professionals—this will save you time and labour costs. The lower labour and material costs make ready mix concrete the most cost-effective concrete solution.

Flexible Mixing

If your concrete needs change once the ready mix concrete arrives on site, you can easily modify your order. The concrete will be mixed according to your new specifications onsite. This provides you with exactly what you need for the job.

High Quality

By meeting your specific construction needs, your custom-ordered concrete will ensure that your job is finished well with high quality concrete. When using the right concrete for the job, your finished product will be more durable, last longer, and require less maintenance over time.

Do you want to save time and money, be environmentally cautious, or ensure that you have a quality finished project? In any case, you can do all that and more by choosing ready mix concrete for your next construction job.

Concrete Contractors & Their Diamond Blades

by TRP Ready Mix on March 7, 2017

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How Diamond Blades Make Cutting Concrete Easier

For concrete contractors, a diamond blade is absolutely necessary for cutting concrete. Diamond blades allow concrete contractors to get the job done quickly and efficiently by making the cutting much easier. Diamond blades vary in size, quality, and cost, with premium blades being recommended for frequent concrete cutting. The following is a look at diamond blades and how they cut concrete so well.

Diamond Blades

Diamond blades are made with the following components:

  • A metal core steel disk that holds the diamonds on the rim;
  • Sharp synthetic diamonds (or teeth) to cut through the concrete;
  • A metal bond (matrix) that holds the diamonds until they wear down; and,
  • A weld attaching the matrix and diamonds to the metal core.

There are also three types of diamond blades used for various types of concrete cutting:

  • Segmented—the most commonly used for high-production jobs requiring fast cutting. The segments have gaps between them to efficiently disperse dust and keep the blade cool for a faster cut.
  • Continuous—for precision cutting, slower than segmented, but still fast and clean with minimal chipping.
  • Turbo—combines the strengths of segmented and continuous, and can be used on wet or dry concrete. Turbo blades provide precise cuts at fast speeds.

Blade Life

How often concrete contractors replace their blades depends on the quality of the blade, the type of cutting, and the frequency of use. Cheaper blades can be used for smaller cutting jobs where the blade isn’t used as much, being less likely to wear down. Concrete contractors often use premium blades since they are frequently cutting concrete. Premium diamond blades will last longer, saving concrete contractors from having to replace them as often as they would need to with lower-cost blades. With quality blades, concrete contractors will have less interruptions (for changing blades), so they can get the concrete cut quickly and more efficiently.

Working Conditions

The type of diamond blade used will also depend on the working conditions for concrete contractors, such as cutting hard or soft aggregates. A general rule of thumb is: the harder the concrete, the softer the bond needed on the blade.

Age of the concrete: Zero to eight hours old is considered “green” concrete, and requires a hard-bonded diamond blade. Concrete that is more than eight hours old is considered “cured” concrete, and requires a softer-bonded blade.

Depth of the concrete: If a deep cut is required, a bigger blade is required—i.e. the deeper the cut, the bigger the blade.

Wet or dry conditions: Some blades should not be used in wet conditions. Diamond blades are manufactured and packaged according to use, so their labels will determine if they can be used in wet or dry conditions.

There is no concrete cutting job that a diamond blade can’t handle. These blades are designed for precision, speed, and efficiency, making the jobs of concrete contractors that much better.