What is Reinforced Concrete Used For – and Do I Need It?

There are many different types of concrete, known as admixtures, all of which are suited to different types of building and construction projects. One of the most important of these is reinforced mixes. So, what is reinforced concrete used for? The answer is, many different types of project – and, as leading concrete suppliers in the Cambridge area, at Madmix we have experience of providing mixes for all of these.

Agricultural Uses

On farms, driveways and tracks need to bear the weight of heavy vehicles, such as tractors and combine harvesters, and other heavy machinery. In cases like these reinforced concrete is essential to ensure the surface can cope with these types of load. The same applies to storage areas, where large lorries will need to make regular deliveries.

Commercial Uses

Retail and business premises need to cope with a much larger footfall than the average home, so developers typically use the reinforced type. Factory floors are another big user, as many production processes require the use of heavy machinery. Car parks and warehouses also need the extra strength of reinforced concrete because of the large number of vehicle movements involved.

Small-Scale Projects

You won’t always need to use reinforced concrete for small-scale domestic projects. Pathways, patios, driveways and small floors in sheds and playhouses can use a lean-mix admixture as a sub-base, as high strength is not a top priority. However, if you are worried that the ground underneath the sub-base isn’t particularly firm, then you should still use reinforced concrete.

Fibre-Reinforced Concrete from Madmix

Experienced concrete suppliers Madmix offer fibre-reinforced concrete to customers across the Cambridge area. It is reinforced with polypropylene fibres which are mixed directly with the concrete, making it extremely durable, and less likely to crack or shrink. It also has improved water-tightness.

And if you order it from us, its quality will be guaranteed. This is because all our range of concrete mixes – which also include waterproof, pumpable and oversite varieties – are accredited. This means it undergoes regular independent testing and has received the BSI kitemark.

We offer a choice of collection or delivery. Our fleet of 4 and 6 cu metre barrel mixers deliver to Cambridge, Ely, St Ives, Huntingdon, Royston and the surrounding areas. Follow this link if you would like to get in touch or place an order.

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