Domestic Concrete for All Your DIY Projects
Recent surveys have shown that around one in four adults have undertaking DIY projects since the beginning of the lockdown. The fine weather, coupled with the fact that many people have been furloughed from their jobs, has made it an ideal time for homeowners to improve their house and garden.
Concrete is an essential ingredient for a lot of home DIY work. Here Madmix, domestic concrete suppliers for Cambridge and the surrounding area, identify a few of the most popular projects and the type of admixtures required.
Paths and Patios
If you are creating a new garden path, using concrete will give you a long-lasting surface which should stand the test of time. You don’t need to be limited to straight lines as concrete can be poured into a variety of interesting shapes.
Concrete can be used as a sub-base for a patio, or for the patio itself. A concrete sub-base will ensure the slabs you put on top will be level and straight and it will also stop weeds growing up between any cracks. You can also use concrete for the slabs themselves, creating a modern look – alternatively, our sister company Madingley Mulch offers a range of attractive paving options to suit all tastes.
Floors and Foundations
A lot of people are taking advantage of the lockdown to install a new conservatory or garage. As with paths and patios, concrete can be used either for the foundations or for the floor itself. The admixture required for foundations will depend on the type of use the floor will be expected to support. For example a garage, which has heavy vehicles going in and out, will need concrete which has a lot more strength and thickness than a conservatory, which only needs to bear the weight of human traffic.
Our sulphate resisting concrete is one of the types which is best suited to this purpose. We also manufacture and deliver several easy-to-use premixed varieties for reinforced and unreinforced floors.
If you are considering laying down a new driveway, bear in mind that it will need to cope with everything the British climate can throw at it; from hot weather to heavy rain, frosts and snow. Like a garage floor, it will also need to bear the weight of one or more vehicles, so a strong, hardwearing admixture is essential.
At Madmix, we supply fibre-reinforced concrete which contains polypropylene fibres. This variety is tough, long-lasting and offers protection from damage caused by abrasion, impact and shattering.
Reasons to Use Ready-Mix Concrete from Madmix
There are a lot of advantages to buying ready-mix domestic concrete from our site on the outskirts of Cambridge. You don’t have to worry about the quality, as all our concrete is fully accredited and is subjected to regular, independent testing. You can also buy as much as you need and be sure it will all be of the same consistency.
If you mix your own concrete then you will be limited to the amount you can prepare by hand or in a small, portable mixer – and with multiple batches there is more likely to be a variation in quality. This in turn will mean that the surface will be more prone to cracking and is unlikely to last as long. And having your concrete order delivered will also save you a lot of time and effort.
Madmix can deliver your order to Ely, Newmarket, Royston, Huntingdon, St Neots, and the surrounding areas. If you would like to know more about our complete range of concrete products and services, follow this link or call us on 01954 212212.
Our online calculator will help you work out how much you will need and, if you do get it wrong, we can take away any excess at no extra cost to yourself. We accept orders for between 1 and over 1,000 cu metres.
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