When it comes to ordering concrete, many people don’t know what to look for or ask their ready mix provider.
In the simplest terms, concrete is a mixture of cement, water and aggregate (usually sand and gravel or crushed stone). It’s actually a common misconception that concrete and cement are the same thing. Cement is a powdered ingredient of concrete that provides the glue that binds the aggregates together.
It is considered ready mixed concrete when it is delivered to the customer in a freshly mixed and unhardened state. Because concrete hardens and dries quickly, it’s important for ready mix concrete to be delivered, and poured in place as quickly as possible.
Concrete, when it is freshly mixed, is very malleable and workable and can be cast into virtually any shape or structure. In addition to that, many different admixtures can be added to the ready mix concrete to change the chemical properties of the mixture for different conditions. These conditions may include substances to speed up or slow the setting of the concrete, to strengthen the concrete, or even to increase the flowability or durability. We also offer many color options for concrete to create beautiful interior and exterior living spaces.
The most important thing to remember when ordering concrete is to give the ready mix supplier all the information about your project as possible. The more you know about your project, the better we can supply you with the quantity and type of admixture that you need.
Some other requirements to keep in mind when ordering ready mix concrete include:
Liberty Ready Mix has been supplying Des Moines and Central Iowa with ready mix concrete since 2004. We have two centrally located plants—one in Grimes, and another in East Des Moines. We are also on the leading edge of technology, offering the only color design system of its kind in Iowa.