October 2017

Concrete Calculator Tips: Make Expert Measurements

by TRP Ready Mix on October 24, 2017

Use a concrete calculator to ensure perfect measurements when you order for your next project.

Order the Right Amount of Concrete For Your Project With The Help Of Measuring Tape And A Concrete Calculator

The costs of concrete projects can add up if you order too much or too little concrete. With large overestimates, you will have plenty of wasted concrete, unless you’re willing to find a use for it immediately. On the other hand, if you underestimate your concrete needs, you will have to order more mid-way through the project, which will cost more, waste time, and compromise the quality of your finished concrete project.

So to avoid making wrong guesses on how much concrete you’ll need for your next project, follow these tips and use a concrete calculator for an accurate estimate.

Even Out The Subgrade

One major factor that can really mess up your concrete estimate is an uneven base or subgrade. If one area is deeper than the other then you’ll need more concrete to account for the deeper area. But instead of trying to factor in differing depths, do yourself a favour and fix the subgrade so it will be even throughout. This will help you make easier and accurate measurements for your concrete order.

Measure And Repeat

Although the famous saying of “Measure twice, cut once,” applies to carpentry, it can also be loosely applied to all contractor jobs, including concrete projects. When it comes to concrete, you won’t actually be cutting, but you should always measure the project area twice to ensure you have an accurate reading. Measure the length, width, and depth of the area you plan to fill with concrete.

The measurement tool you use will depend on the size of the area.

  • Use a folding rule for small areas;
  • For medium areas, a 30-foot measuring tape and the help of a friend will do;
  • For larger areas, you will need a reel measuring tape (open or closed) and a friend to help.


The volume of concrete needed is calculated by multiplying the length x width x depth. You will then need to convert this volume into cubic yards. To make things easier, use a concrete calculator to plug in the measurements and get an accurate value.

Add 10%

It’s better to be safe than sorry when ordering concrete. A rule of thumb in the concrete industry is to add 10% to the total volume of concrete you will need. As mentioned previously, underestimating the amount of concrete you’ll need is much more costly and time consuming than ordering a bit extra initially. This rule ensures that you won’t run out of concrete mid-way through the project, and you also won’t overspend on large additional volumes of concrete that will probably go to waste.

Once you’ve calculated how much concrete you’ll need, contact a local concrete company for an estimate. The pros will give you a cost estimate and help answer any more questions you might have for your concrete project needs.

Ottawa Concrete Maintenance Tips for Winter

by TRP Ready Mix on October 2, 2017

Here are some Ottawa concrete maintenance tips for you to follow during the winter months.

Here are a Few Tips for Maintaining Concrete Surfaces during the Winter Months in Ottawa

Winter is almost here, and if you’re a property owner in Ottawa, you’re probably not looking forward to dealing with ice and snow for the next several months. Ottawa’s harsh winters take a toll on concrete sidewalks and driveways. The packed snow and ice, along with the freeze-thaw cycle, cause unsightly cracks in concrete that are annoying to deal with every year. So, if you’re sick of the winter’s effects on your concrete in Ottawa, consider these maintenance tips to avoid damaging your driveway and walkways this winter.

Repair & Apply A Sealer Before Winter Starts

If you have any damage to your concrete, repair it before winter starts. These repairs include filling cracks and slab jacking to remove broken concrete. Once repaired, apply a sealer coating to further protect your concrete from the harsh winter weather. A concrete sealer will protect the porous surface of concrete and prevent freezing. This sealer will also help avoid damage during the winter months caused by de-icing products and the freeze-thaw cycle.

Don’t Use Salts on Your Driveway or Walkways

Salts with calcium, magnesium, and potassium cause concrete to scale and flake. Over time, the concrete will worsen from the use of these salts. Instead of pouring salt to deal with ice and snow, use sand to make your driveway and walkways safer in the winter.

Stay on Top of Snow Removal

If you shovel your walkway and driveway before the snow settles, you can prevent the snow from hardening and forming layers of ice. Once snow hardens, it makes shovelling even more strenuous and time-consuming. This will not only protect your concrete from the harsh effects of snow and ice, but it will also keep your concrete safe and easy to walk and drive on.

Don’t De-Ice Below Freezing

Since de-icing products cause ice to melt, the water will just freeze and turn into ice again if the temperature is below freezing. So save your concrete from further freezing damage, and spare yourself the wasted time and energy. If you want to use de-icing products, wait until the temperature is above zero outside.

Clean Salt Deposits from Concrete

Even if you don’t use salt on your driveway, cars will often carry salt deposits and other harmful elements found in slush that sticks to the bottom of cars. So if you notice this slush, shovel it out of your driveway to remove the damaging salt deposits. Also give your driveway a good wash whenever the temperature is above freezing. By keeping salt off your driveway, you can extend the life of your concrete and avoid peeling, flaking, and scaling.

Although this may seem like a lot of work, it’s worth the bit of extra effort to maintain your concrete in Ottawa’s harsh winters. You can extend the life of your concrete with these simple tips, and keep your walkways and driveways safe all winter long.