Ordering concrete is easy, even if you are a first time caller. Our dispatchers are trained to guide you every step of the way. Here are a few important tips to remember:
1. Have your measurements ready. When you call, it is always helpful to know the kind of job that you are pouring and the size of the pour. For example, are you pouring a slab? Is it inside or outside? You will be asked for the length, width, and thickness of the area you wish to pour.
2. Ask the dispatcher about Concrete additives. You can add additional protection and support by using Fiber mesh, added to the concrete at our plant. No mess, no hassles.
3. Have the physical address of the delivery location. Timely deliveries are the key to our business. We appreciate all the information that you can provide to guarantee excellent service.
How is concrete made?
There are three basic ingredients in the concrete mix:
1. Portland Cement
3. Aggregates (rock and sand)
Portland Cement - The cement and water form a paste that coats the aggregate and sand in the mix. The paste hardens and binds the aggregates and sand together.
Water - Water is needed to chemically react with the cement (hydration) and too provide workability with the concrete. The amount of water in the mix in pounds compared with the amount of cement is called the water/cement ratio. The lower the w/c ratio, the stronger the concrete (higher strength, less permeability).
Aggregates - Sand is the fine aggregate. Gravel or crushed stone is the coarse aggregate in most mixes.
All of these materials, along with any additives, are loaded into the concrete mixer and mixed together.
Is cement the same as concrete?
No. Cement and concrete are commonly confused. Although the terms cement and concrete often are used interchangeably, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is a mixture of aggregates, water, and cement.
How do I know how much concrete to order?
Simply click on the Concrete Calculator for an estimate on the total yardage. Remember it will not be 100% accurate.
What type of concrete do I need?
Two mixes are most commonly used in the residential industry, 3000 PSI and 4000 PSI concrete.
3000 PSI concrete is best used for footings and residential or commercial walls.
4000 PSI concrete is best used for exterior slabs (pool decks, garage, driveways, colored, and stamped concrete).
Where can I purchase mason supplies?
Our store front can be found by using the map on our Masonry & Block page.
Do I need small stone in my concrete?
Small stone can help you finish your concrete more easily and effectively. The smaller may also add a better finish.
Do you offer colored concrete?
Cranesville does offer colored concrete. Simply call dispatch to request a color chart.