Two white Liberty Ready mix concrete trucks are parked and pumping concrete in the middle of a snow during winter

Five Ways to Care for New Concrete During its First Cold Season

Even though concrete is one of the most durable paving materials available, without the proper care and attention in the wintertime, your concrete could easily become damaged by exposure to snow and ice and freeze and thaw cycles. If you’ve poured concrete within the past few months, it’s especially important to protect the surface during […]

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The Importance of Curing Concrete Flatwork

Curing concrete flatwork plays an imperative role in the strength and durability development of concrete over time. Curing is the maintenance of satisfactory moisture content and temperature in concrete for a period immediately following the placing and finishing so that the desired properties may develop. 50% of surface strength can be lost if the concrete […]

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COVID-19 Virus Response at Liberty

In response to the public health crises, Liberty has taken steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 virus in its workplace.   Based on current guidance from the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health, we have adopted a set of COVID-19 guidelines, which are posted at our plant facilities. We intend to continue operations […]

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An orange rectangle that says WARNING in large black letters is placed over a slab of sidewalk concrete with ice melter spread on it

Protect New Concrete by Avoiding Deicers This Winter

With winter comes snow and ice removal. Besides shoveling or using a snowblower, many sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and streets are covered in chemical deicers to melt ice and snow and make concrete safer. However, using deicers on your new concrete could end up severely harming it. Your new concrete is in its most fragile […]

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Concrete Scaling and How It Can Affect You

We here at Liberty Ready Mix want to offer insight on what this problem is and how you can prevent it from happening to your concrete, saving you time and money on problems that could arise later. What is Scaling and What Causes It? Scaling is the peeling or flaking off of a concrete surface […]

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All You Need to Know About Concrete Blisters

What Are Concrete Blisters? Blisters are small, hollow bumps on a concrete surface that can form shortly after the finishing of a concrete project. These blisters can be as small as a dime and get up to around two or three inches in diameter. Often, concrete blistering goes undetected and unnoticed in poorly lit areas […]

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What to Know When Ordering Ready Mix Concrete

When it comes to ordering concrete, many people don’t know what to look for or ask their ready mix provider. What is Ready Mixed Concrete? 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 […]

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One man is using a tool to flatten a wet concrete slab while four other workers in safety vests are positioned at the sides of the slab

What are Concrete Admixtures?

The basic ingredient in concrete is portland cement, which is mixed with water, and aggregates (sand, gravel, limestone). Admixtures are natural or manufactured chemicals that are added to concrete before or during mixing. The most often used chemical admixtures are air-entraining admixtures, water reducers, retarders and accelerators:   Common Concrete Admixtures and Their Benefits Admixtures […]

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Tips for Keeping Your Driveway in Top Condition

A well maintained driveway can increase the value on your home and give you some extra curb appeal. There are many ways to ensure your driveway looks good and we here at Liberty Ready Mix want to share a few of our tips with you.   Restore Cracks and Seal your Driveway Small cracks in […]

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Two white Liberty Ready mix concrete trucks are parked and pumping concrete in the middle of a snow during winter

The Cold Facts About Winter Concrete

What Causes Concrete Flatwork Damage? Freeze/thaw cycles during cold months are the most common cause of damage to the surface of concrete flatwork. Concrete is a porous material that will absorb moisture at the surface. When the absorbed moisture freezes, in exerts a tremendous expansive force, which weakens the surface and sometimes leads to scaling. […]

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