The Pros And Cons Of Using Ready Mix Concrete

Ready mix concrete is one of the great conveniences produced by modern industry. It allows us to get massive projects rolling in a timely manner. There are, however, pros and cons to using a concrete ready mix on a job. Let's take a look at a few of those and how they might apply to your next project.

Pro: Consistency

By far, the greatest benefit from that comes from using this method is the industrial consistency of the product. It's made in plants, and you can rest assured that a load of it mixed today will have a very similar consistency to one that you've purchased in the past. When building structures to exacting specifications, it's hard to overstate how valuable this is.

Con: Shipping

RMC is made at a plant, and that means it has to be shipped to you. Shipping is costly in terms of both time and money. Worse, the time spent during shipping risks spoiling the batch if it has to be transported from a location too far from your site.

You can expect to get about 210 minutes of time from the plant before curing becomes a problem. This means a ready mix solution may not be feasible for places that are out of the way. It also can produce trouble in urban settings where traffic is unpredictable or difficult.

Likewise, your site will see additional traffic. Mixers will be coming in and out, and scheduling around a third-party supplier can cause delays.

Pro: Reduced Labor and Supervision

Thanks to the fact that quality control problems will be handled at the plant, you won't spend as much time supervising the mixing of concrete. Trucks come in and concrete gets poured. Labor and money can be redirected toward other tasks.

Con: Timing

There's no room for hesitation when working with RMC. If you're not 100% certain that formwork is going to be in place when a delivery arrives, you have to call off the shipment.

Pro: Saving Cement

Mixing cement on site tends to produce more waste than mixing it at a plant. As you might imagine, there are systems in place in an industrial setting to prevent dust from escaping and to capture as much escaped materials as possible. Controlled conditions largely eliminate spoilage of batches, too. That's just not feasible at a work site. Instead, you will end up accepting a degree of waste, pollution and spoilage.

For more help, contact a company like Mershon Concrete .