Building with Ready Mix Concrete
I am a busy landlord with a portfolio of properties some new some old. Hence I’ve become quite interested in the building trade and DIY. I was recently doing some building work at one of my homes which meant that I had to lay some floors. I thought about buying in a couple of tonnes of sand and quite a few bags of cement to make a start. However I was confounded by the different types of sand you can buy and how much the ratio between the sand and cement should be and a bit reluctant to do the spade work so I decided to check out Ready Mix Concrete.
Initially I thought that Ready Mix Concretes was just for those huge building sites but I was pleased to find that it was also available for smaller projects like my own but how do I go about purchasing it?
Which Type of Concrete do I need?
I then hit my next problem, it wasn’t just what sand or what cement but what Ready Mix Cement would I need for my floors. I knew I needed a good finish but there were so many questions I needed answering.Do I need to screed it afterwards? Do I need to put in steel. How would it be delivered? How would they pump it into my property? So I set about doing my research and became engrossed in the different types of Ready Mix Cement and the different manufactures of the product. One of the biggest manufactures is CEMEX UK and I found lots of information on their website to help with my research.
I began thinking there must be other DIY novices out there that would benefit from the results of my research hence I decided to put this blog together. I’m not claiming to be an expert in the field, I don’t have all the answers to your questions but here is the dummies guide to purchasing Ready Mix Concrete for DIY novices.
Which Concrete fence panels are best for floors?
There are several types of ready Mixed Concrete fence panels depending on the application that the concrete is used for. This type of Concrete panel can be used for industrial sites and in DIY applications such foundations, paving and flooring. I needed a type of that was suitable for the floor of my house so I required a DIY flooring application.
I found that Ready Mix for flooring comes in two main forms one is for floors that have steel reinforcing and one for floors with no reinforcing. Flooring without reinforcing is usually found in houses, sheds, conservatories, green houses and steps. Whereas reinforced flooring is found in industrial premises, workshops and garage floors. This information helped me as I was worried that I would need to put the reinforcement in however now realise that for the house this would not be required.
Concrete finishes for floors
From my research I found that it is possible to get different concrete finishes for floors. Now this was news to me and I was a little puzzled so had to give it some serious thought. There are lots of ways that you can change the look of your ready mix concrete floor by adding different stains, dyes and chemicals. There are lots and lots of different colours you can have and even mixes of colours, stencils and moulds. I found that theses were more suitable for industrial sites or outdoor features and not really what I was looking for in my property. I just needed a basic concrete floor which I could later finish with ceramic tiles or carpet.
When it comes to the finishing of the floor however my question was, would I need to screed the floor? I found that some suppliers offered a ready mix concrete fencing panels that would need a thin screed over the top to level the floor which of course is extra work. However there were also companies that supplied a product that was easily finished with a wooden hand float and then a steel hand float which was exactly what I needed.