Published on 4/21/2017
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I need concrete. How do I choose a concrete plant?
Concretebroker gives you half a dozen things to look out for when choosing a concrete plant.
Need concrete? Here's half a dozen things to look out for when making the right choice when it comes to choosing a concrete plant.
1. A GOOD BATCHER
More often than not the batcher is the person you communicate with when ordering and booking in your concrete with the concrete plant. And you’ll most likely be liaising with them on the day of your concrete pour. They need to be able to listen and understand what it is you require. The type of concrete, the slump, the timing of the trucks, the time on site you need concrete, and whether or not there are any mitigating factors pertaining to your site, i.e.., a narrow driveway. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you, the batcher actually batches or makes your load of concrete, so they need to be on the money.
2. A CONSISTENT PRODUCT
Loads of concrete can vary in slump, setting time, flowability and workability when placing on site. A concrete plant that produces constant loads, that are in line with the specifications required, time after time, is the sort of concrete plant you want to deal with.
3. DON'T FOCUS ON PRICE
Rule one when it comes to choosing a concrete plant, don’t focus on price. As they say in the classics, buy cheap pay twice. Except it’s a bit late when your concrete is already on the ground! Cheap concrete is often all it is, cheap. It can arrive late, with an inexperienced untrained driver and at an incorrect slump. At concrete broker we’d love to save you some money on your concrete, but saving on the price isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
4. EXPERIENCED TRUCK DRIVERS
Everyone has to start somewhere, and yes it’s important to be patient with learner drivers, but let’s face it, when it comes to concrete deliveries, the difference between an experienced concrete truck driver, and an inexperienced one, can make or break your concrete pour. Concrete plants with experienced agi drivers are the one’s to look out for. The product they supply is delivered professionally with a smile.
Timing is everything on a concrete pour. Late deliveries cost time and money, whilst if they are too late they may even jeopardise the integrity of your slab. Long delays between trucks lead to inconsistencies within the slab and in extreme situations cold joints may arise. Ask around, check in with your steel supplier, concreter or friends. Look into the plants ratings at concrete broker. You want a concrete plant that has a track record of delivering on time. But remember. Delivering concrete isn’t like delivering a hamburger. A concrete plant isn’t like McDonald’s. Things can and do go wrong, and it’s not always the plant’s fault.
6. GIVE AND TAKE
My way or the highway isn’t really the attitude you want from a concrete plant. You want concrete plants that work in with you. A bit of “give and take”. Some flexibility in and around your concrete pour. Talk with them prior to your concrete pour and develop a relationship with the batcher and staff at the concrete plant. It shall come in handy on the day of your concrete pour.
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