FAQs at Lancaster Concrete Ltd
How much does concrete cost?
Here at Lancaster Concrete we charge for concrete on a m3 basis. The cost per m3 will depend on the strength of the concrete required for your application. Typically, lower strength concrete is less expensive than concrete with a high strength.
We offer a range of mixes ranging from £90 per m3 all the way up to £125 per m3.
Please contact us regarding your project. We are happy to provide you with advice on the options available to you and give an accurate estimate as to likely cost.
What strength of concrete do I need?
Finding the right type of concrete for your project is essential for getting the best results. Here at Lancaster Concrete, we design and supply a huge range of concrete strengths and grades to ensure the ideal solution for any project or application.
Whilst we are always willing to discuss the different options available for your project, we provide below a guide as to the basic mixes on offer.
C8 – GEN0
C8 concrete mix or GEN0 concrete is commonly used in both commercial and domestic projects for a huge range of general applications, such as kerb bedding, domestic foundations and cavity filling.
C10 – GEN1
C10 concrete or GEN1 concrete is a versatile mix used throughout the construction industry for general and housing applications. Applications include un-reinforced strip, trench fill, drainage works and blinding house floors.
C-15 – GEN2
C15 concrete or Gen 2 concrete is suitable for house floors with no embedded metal. It provides the ideal material for flooring when no permanent finish or floor covering will be installed, such as carpet or tile. Other uses include foundatiosn for small walls, sheds and conservatories.
C-20 – GEN3
C20 concrete mix or GEN3 concrete is most commonly used for lightweight domestic applications and foundations, such as shed & workshop bases. It can also be used to construct internal floor slabs so long as they contain no embedded metal.
C25 – ST2
C25 concrete or ST2 concrete is versatile and therefore can be used in numerous commercial and domestic projects. It is commonly used for footings and foundations, including mass concrete fill, trench fill and reinforced fill, as well as general groundworks. It can also be used for kerbing, infilling around manholes and small bases for external furniture, such as patios.
C-30 – PAV1 – ST3
C30 concrete, PAV1 concrete and ST3 concrete is most commonly used for pavement construction. It is also ideal for other external applications, such as slabbing and outdoor paved areas such as stables, driveways, walkways, patios and garages.
C-35 and PAV2
C35 concrete and PAV2 concrete is a heavy-duty use concrete most commonly used for raft foundations, piling and external slabs subject to industrial vehicles and machinery.
C40 concrete is a strong commercial grade concrete used in the construction of structural and support beams, footings and foundations, and roadworks. We also use this particular mix for agricultural slabs due to its resistance to chemicals.
How long does it take concrete to set?
Generally speaking, it takes concrete 24-48 hours to set. However, in standard industrial cases, full strength concrete is recognised at 28 days. After 7 days, the concrete should have achieved 70% strength.
Here at Lancaster Concrete, we can provide many different additives including accelerators which quicken the concrete setting process and retarding agents which reduce the rate of setting. For more information on the additives we offer please call us today.
How much concrete do I need?
Here at Lancaster Concrete, we appreciate that calculating the exact amount of concrete you need for a certain project can appear tricky. However, in reality, it is a simple calculation, multiplying the length by the width and then by the depth which then gives you the m3 needed. For example, an area 15m x 5m x 0.1m = 7.5m3.
If you have your dimensions, why not take advantage of our handy calculator which allows you to work in feet and inches to calculate the m3 required. Don’t worry if you get it wrong, as with Lancaster Concrete, you only pay for what you use.
What is volumetric concrete?
Here at Lancaster Concrete, we operate Volumetric Mixing Trucks and produce volumetric concrete. Our trucks carry the ingredients required to make concrete (cement, water, aggregates) on board and mix the concrete on site for immediate delivery to the required location. Benefits include:
- The concrete is freshly mixed giving maximum workability.
- The mix can be altered for multiple applications on the same site
- The amount delivered is tracked ensuring you only pay for what you use
How deep should concrete be for a driveway?
The general rule for a standard residential driveway is that the depth should be between 10cm and 16cm thick (4” to 6”).
If you are unsure, then the team at Lancaster Concrete are more than happy to discuss with you your individual project in order to help find the most suitable solution for the best price.
How quickly will my concrete be delivered?
We aim to deliver all our concrete in a 1 hour time slot, chosen at your convenience. On many occasions we are able to deliver on the same day and most certainly the next day. Alternatively, you can order further in advance in order to coincide with the timeframe for your project.
What do I do with any excess concrete?
With Lancaster Concrete, we operate a Volumetric Concrete Mixer service and therefore you only pay for what you use meaning there is no waste.
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