February 2018

Ready-Mix Concrete: A Solution to Ottawa’s Pothole Problem?

by TRP Ready Mix on February 19, 2018

Is ready mix concrete the solution Ottawa needs?

How Ready-Mix Concrete Offers a Better Quality Fix to Ottawa’s Pothole Repair Problems

Potholes plague many city councils and their roads. But how a city addresses potholes will determine if these remain an ongoing issue or not. Often, and possibly in an attempt to save money, city road contractors will use a low-quality asphalt to repair potholes. The result? A need to repair these same potholes over and over again, costing the city more money in the long run.

But what if cities used a local ready-mix concrete supplier instead?

Here’s a look at the current problem with poor pothole fixes and how a ready-mix supplier can help.

In a recent report on the quality of asphalt used to repair Ottawa’s potholes, auditors found that the asphalt did not meet contract standards. They tested samples from the city’s suppliers, and all tests revealed substandard results. Although the city should be testing their asphalt to make sure it meets its standards, these tests are expensive—costing approximately $3,000.

But the costs of not testing the quality of asphalt could far outweigh the costs saved. Instead of having to repair the substandard asphalt with more substandard asphalt year after year, Ottawa’s potholes could have a more permanent fix with ready-mix concrete.

Meet City Standards

Ready-mix concrete suppliers produce concrete to meet various project needs and building standards. With a computerized batching system, there is little risk of human error that could be responsible for the substandard asphalt currently being used for fixing Ottawa’s potholes. Suppliers would work closely with city engineers to meet specifications that are realistic, producing and delivering high-quality concrete that is superior to the current asphalt.

Ready-mix suppliers use the same quality of aggregates for concrete construction projects, so there wouldn’t be any disparity between the quality of concrete for commercial projects and city road work. And suppliers with their own team of concrete contractors will have the skills and experience to provide efficient and quality repairs for Ottawa’s roads.

Have the Fleet and Equipment to Mix, Deliver, and Pour On-Site

Serious concrete suppliers will have a large enough fleet and quality equipment to accurately mix and deliver concrete on time. With a large fleet, more work can be completed around the city at once, instead of waiting for lengthy periods of time for contractors to be available during the busy construction season.

Save Time and Costs

Ready-mix suppliers ensure yield control for both aggregates and concrete, meaning the city won’t be overcharged for the amount of aggregates or concrete used. And the efficient mixing, pouring, and spreading of concrete will provide quality results that last. This means road work projects will be completed faster and on time. And the quality of concrete will meet or surpass city standards, requiring less frequent repairs than the poor-quality asphalt.

Instead of a quick, temporary fix for city pothole problems, cities should consider investing in trusted ready-mix suppliers who strive to produce quality concrete that will last. Quality concrete means the work won’t have to be repeated again next year, and city roads will be safer and easier to drive on for longer.

Ottawa Concrete: Your New Home Décor Must-Have

by TRP Ready Mix on February 7, 2018

Ottawa concrete is being featured in home decor these days.

How Concrete is Becoming More Than Just a Construction Site Material

When most people think of concrete, the first thing that comes to mind is a construction building material. Concrete is the most popular building material around the globe and has been used throughout history to build cities, roads, and the foundations of our homes.

But this popular construction material is gaining a new use—home décor. Designers have transformed this durable building material into durable and attractive home furnishings, decorative pieces, and other housewares. While Ottawa concrete suppliers are accustomed to filling large orders of concrete for use on construction sites, there are no projects too large or too small for concrete.

Concrete Designs

Concrete houseware designers have found a way to make concrete both functional and beautiful. They appreciate the strong, durable qualities of concrete. But to the surprise of many, concrete products can also actually be very lightweight. And when mixed with mineral pigments, concrete can achieve a watercolour finish.

Thanks to these designers, concrete is now an option for both durable and stylish home décor. Here are just some of the many housewares that are now being created with concrete:

  • Candleholders;
  • Sculptures;
  • Tableware;
  • Lamps and shades;
  • Tiles; and,
  • Planters.

The Shift toward Concrete Design

Since the concrete industry has always needed to meet the demand of large-scale concrete construction, there was a time when you could only order large amounts of concrete from concrete suppliers. Large-scale projects will use hundreds of tons of concrete per project, whereas concrete designers only use small amounts—up to 15 tons—in an entire year.

But now, concrete is widely available for projects of all sizes. You can buy small bags of ready-mix concrete from suppliers and home improvement stores. This makes it much easier for homeowners who wish to complete their own concrete projects, as well as concrete designers who have taken to the art of designing concrete home décor.

Concrete suppliers around the globe are acknowledging and embracing this design trend that uses concrete on a much smaller scale, supplying ultralight, high-performance concrete to designers. Designer-grade concrete uses smaller aggregates to create stronger concrete in thinner applications.

Designers can purchase bags of ready-mix concrete that are as small as 2.5 kilograms and cure at a much faster rate than construction-grade concrete. Before designer-grade concrete was available, designers had to wait at least a week for their concrete products to cure. But now they only have to wait 12 to 24 hours with the designer-grade concrete. This makes it much easier for small businesses to keep up with production demands.

Concrete is a durable material, so why not also turn it into something beautiful that can be admired in the home? Contact Ottawa concrete suppliers for more information about ordering custom ready-mix concrete for projects both large and small.