Volumetric Concrete Mixers have become increasingly popular for all sizes of project within the UK. Unlike traditional rotary barrel or drum mixers that transport pre-mixed cement or mortar to a site from the factory, volumetric mixers carry the raw materials such as cement and sand separately and then mixes them on site to meet the
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The Setting Process At a fundamental level, concrete is made by combining water, cement and aggregate. The water and cement first bind together in a chemical process known as hydration, eventually creating a tough mass. This mass then adheres to the aggregate contained in the mixture, and concrete is formed. Over a period of time
As one of the leading providers of ready mix and volumetric concrete in the North West, AMC take pride in the work we carry out for our customers. Through our professional approach and focus on quality materials and workmanship, we have been recommended to carry out work for a number of high profile clients. One
Successful concreting projects are based on effective preparation and ensuring that the correct tools for the job are used. However, mistakes can happen. Here are just a few of the more common errors… 1) Insufficient site preparation. The success or failure of concreting depends on how thoroughly the site is prepared beforehand. If the site
Although we think of concrete as a modern building material, it was invented by the Egyptians, who used a primitive form to make bricks, around 5,000 years ago. The Romans developed the material further and used it extensively. They made concrete from a mixture of lime, volcanic ash and used animal products like blood, fat
When considering concrete for any task, it is very important to calculate the amount that you will need accurately; if you have too little you will end up with a seam between batches (if the first load has already set) forming what is known as a cold joint. Although not usually a massive problem, this
One of the biggest questions that arises when embarking on a new construction project is whether to use concrete or steel. There are benefits to both materials, as well as many other factors. A major issue is safety, as you will want the new structure to withstand natural disasters, such as floods or storms. The
Concrete has changed little in its basic formation – mixing an aggregate with water and cement. Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks used concrete. During the Roman Empire, builders constructing arches, cupolas and tombs used concrete, made from volcanic ash, crushed pumice and quicklime. This mixture set quickly and was extremely durable. Notable examples
Concrete and cement are very important materials used by the construction industry, and it is often mistakenly believed that the names for them are interchangeable. In fact they are entirely different substances. Cement Cement is comprised of limestone, calcium, silicon, aluminium, iron and a number of minerals. These materials are heated to a temperature of
Although typically considered a practical building material favoured for its robust strength and extremely long lifespan, concrete is often overlooked for its aesthetic and artistic qualities. Try telling that to the architects behind some of the structures on this list though! 1. Hoover Dam The infamous dam that holds back the Colorado River on the