Different Projects, Different Concrete: Part 1

All concrete is not made the same.

There are a wide range of different types, strengths and compositions of concrete, based on what the material will be used for. Concrete strength is measured in pounds per square inch or PSI. Normal mixes range from 2,500 to 5,000 PSI, with some specially designed mixes capable of more than 10,000 PSI.

Let’s look, though, at the common range and what different strengths of concrete are used for with help from wikiHow.

2,500 PSI

Used primarily in driveways, walkways and floors slabs, this concrete tends to be the cheapest. It’s used also as fill material and performs satisfactory for these types of projects.

3,000 PSI

Used in general construction, this mix is durable and has good finishing characteristics. It can be placed fairly wet without sacrificing quality.

Concrete Grades3,500 PSI

Perfect for areas where significant loading is expected, such as for paving curbs. Other uses include building footings, bond beams, grade beams and floor slabs.

4,000 PSI

This concrete is used for heavy traffic payment and heavy-use floor slabs, like those in shops or warehouses. This mix is made to handle a great deal of weight for a long period of time.

5,000 PSI

Incredibly strong, 5,000 PSI concrete and higher PSI-rated concrete mixes are used for special construction projects where high-impact resistance and low wear rates are expected.

As you can see, concrete comes in many different forms. The final decision comes down to the type of job being done. If you are about to start a job and want to know what concrete you should use, call us at Bergen Mobile Concrete. We have worked with a wide-range of concrete projects and can help you determine the right pressure and mix for the type of project you want to complete. Picking the wrong type of concrete can be detrimental to your project, so make sure you have the right one before you start.

To learn more or to schedule a concrete delivery, call us today at 201-797-7550.

Maximizing the Strength and Durability of Your Pour

Concrete Pouring Concrete is one of the most used substances in the world, but there are still questions about how to get the most out of the material. When it comes to getting the best out of concrete, the secret is in the pour. Follow these instructions to improve how you pour concrete that will better help your concrete throughout its life.

Most people think concrete should be poured on a sunny or hot day, but that’s incorrect. In fact, concrete is best poured on overcast damp days where the temperate is about 55 degrees. While it may be hard to time your pour to optimal weather conditions, try to keep it in mind when scheduling a pour as extreme temperatures can be detrimental to concrete’s longevity. Look for days where the temperate is more mild or at least not as extreme as others. If you have to pour on a bad day, there are still ways to improve your site conditions.

Windy days cause too much water to evaporate from the surface and shrinkage cracks often develop. If you pour on a hot day, as is sometimes inevitable during the summer, put a tent over the surface or a screen to block the sun a little and alleviate some of the heating impact of the sun.

As for cold weather, make sure the concrete is covered with insulating blankets, straw or plastic as soon as it’s finished and keep the cover on for at least 72 hours. As concrete hardens, it releases heat through internal chemical process, and you want to store this heat to stop the concrete from drying out or freezing, leading to the possibility of cracking.

At Bergen Mobile Concrete, we’ve poured concrete in all types of conditions. If you have any questions about how or when to pour, please give us a call. We specialize in concrete delivery services throughout the region and have worked in all sorts of climates and conditions. We’re happy to help you out. Give us a call today at 201-797-7550.

Pour Perfectly With These Seasonal Pouring Tips

Concrete can be poured at almost any point in the year, but the different seasons bring with them both positives and negatives that need to be considered. This is especially true for those of us in the Northeast United States where we tend to get a little bit of each season, even though both spring and fall seem too short. Here are a few things that ConcreteNetwork.com suggests you keep in mind when pouring new concrete during each of the four seasons.

Winter Concrete PourWinter

Because of the cold weather, the ground tends to freeze the farther north you go. Since this is the case, use a cold-weather concrete mix for all exterior concrete placed in the winter months. These specially formulated mixed include set accelerators that help the concrete cure faster, as well as air-entrainment admixtures that can help with frozen conditions. It also may seem obvious, but be sure to use hot water when mixing concrete this time of year.

Spring

With wet and sometimes windy weather, think about placing plastic sheeting over poured concrete to keep moisture at bay. Surface evaporative control agents can also be added to help cure the concrete quickly and completely when the weather is wetter. Be sure to also consider the frost in the ground when pouring concrete at this time of year to ensure that your foundations set properly.

Summer

While in the winter, we want to shorten the set time, in summer we want to extend it. Hydration stabilizers and water reducers are commonly used to allow concrete more time to set in humid conditions. Using the proper amount of water, along with allowing the extra time for finishing, are highly recommended. Fortunately, summer soils are generally free of frost, which means that there’s less risk of instability or uneven pours following any frost heaving.

Fall

Due to freeze-thaw conditions, the Northeast is prone to spalling and scaling of concrete, so spend extra time again on finishing. Air-entrainment additives should be mandatory on all jobs done in the fall, and hydration stabilizers and water reducers frequently used to extend the working life of concrete without weakening it.

If you have any questions, reach out to us at Bergen Mobile Concrete anytime. We’re happy to help you with your next project and can deliver concrete wherever it’s needed. We know all the tips and tricks to make sure your concrete looks and performs the best it can, no matter what season you’re pouring in. Call us at 201-797-7550 to schedule a concrete delivery today.

Make Your Pour Easier with Our Concrete Buggy

If you’ve ever transported concrete before using a wheelbarrow, then you probably know how heavy it can be. With ready-mixed concrete that’s made to pour, it’s important each load gets transported safely and quickly. Fortunately, the invention of the concrete buggy has made the lives and jobs of concrete contractors much easier.

Concrete BuggyWhat’s a Concrete Buggy and How Does It Work?

A concrete buggy is a brilliant invention designed to help workers get concrete to where it needs to go in a much more convenient and fast way. This all-wheel drive machinery connects behind concrete trucks where the concrete pours right into the container. Once the buggy is full, it can be driven to where it needs to go. It can drive on flat land as well as up steep hills and through narrow spaces. Concrete buggies are much more convenient to use compared to wheelbarrows as the buggy does all the heavy lifting for you!

By utilizing this machinery you can save yourself overtime charges and extra labor. You can also save your workers from feeling sore and tired at the end of the day. Why suffer from a backache after a hard day’s work, when you don’t have to? When concrete is freshly poured directly from the truck to the buggy, all you need to do is drive it and pour it where you need it. This machinery is perfect for concrete jobs on steep hills or behind a narrow access, including decks, patios, walkways and driveways. The concrete buggy will change the way you work with concrete forever!

Never Let a Load of Concrete Go to Waste Again

The concrete industry has come a long way over the years, from wheelbarrows to concrete buggies; there are always way to improve job efficiency. Transporting loads of concrete from the truck to the final destination has never been easier with our concrete buggy

Learn more about our concrete buggy and schedule a delivery for your next concrete project today by calling Bergen Mobile Concrete at 201-797-7550.

Quick Fixes for Cracks in Your Driveway

Concrete is used the world over because of its strength, durability and good looks, but even it sometimes needs repair.

Concrete CrackOne area where small problems can sometimes occur is on driveways. Concrete driveways take a ton of abuse from heat and cold to sand and salt, not to mention the in and out of traffic of cars. Over time this traffic and changing weather conditions can cause small cracks to appear, but luckily they are something most homeowners can repair themselves. If caught early, these cracks can be easily and economically fixed with a few simple steps.

First remove any loose particles with either a screwdriver or a chisel. Follow over the cracked area with a wire brush or a chisel to get rid of anything that may have gotten left behind. You’ll also need to buy a small supply of concrete patching compound or masonry crack filler – something easily found at any major hardware store.

The easiest solution is to put the masonry crack filler into a caulking gun and apply it to the cleaned crack in the driveway, using a putty knife to smooth out any access. After the compound cures, spread a sealer over the patched area to prevent the crack from growing larger.

This repair can be done with any crack found on your driveway and can stop them from growing larger, which could lead to larger problems and repairs that require an expert to fix.

If you do find yourself in need of hand or face a project that is out of your scope of knowledge, contact Bergen Mobile Concrete. Serving Bergen County since 1990, Bergen Mobile Concrete provides dependable service regardless of the size of the delivery. We can deliver short or large orders, using metered trucks that can save you money by allowing you to pay only for the concrete that is used. Let our team bring you the supplies you need for your concrete-related projects – both large and small. Call us today at 201-797-7550 to learn more or to schedule a delivery.

Understanding Why Concrete Cracks

Understanding Why Concrete Cracks Concrete is one of the most commonly used building materials due to its strength and durability. However, it can be very frustrating to find it starting to crack regardless of how long ago it may have been poured. The fact is there are numerous factors that are involved that can lead to concrete cracks, including soil upheaval and the climate you live in.

When it comes to upheaval, things such as plant roots can cause concrete to crack in multiple places. To avoid this happening, placing steel reinforcement around the area in which the concrete is poured will help keep the roots and soil from affecting it. Another option is choosing not to pour next to mature trees as their roots can extend up to 40 feet.

Now if you live in an area with hot weather, your concrete is more likely to develop shrinkage cracks than if it were in a more moderate climate. The reason is due to heat, as hot and arid conditions – like those sometimes seen during the past few summers – require that more water is used in the initial concrete mixture so it is able to dry properly. However, this excess water can result left over water filling in throughout the concrete, resulting in shrinkage that causes hairline cracks. To fix these cracks, synthetic fibers and sufficient rebar should do the trick.

On the other hand, when there is extreme cold and snow, your concrete can fall victim to freeze-and-thaw cycles that will eventually lead to cracks in the concrete. These can also be remedied with the same items as if the concrete were in heat.

With all of these factors at play, turning to professionals like the team at Bergen Mobile Concrete is your best solution. With more than a quarter century of experience mixing high-quality concrete for the Northern New Jersey area, we can help make sure that you receive the perfect blend of concrete for your project. To learn more or to schedule a delivery, call us today at 201-797-7550!

Save Money and Time with Our Mobile Concrete Mixer

There are few mistakes more annoying than paying for a product or service that you don’t need. Instead of regretting the money you wasted, Bergen Mobile Concrete wants to make sure you keep your hard-earned money. That’s why we offer our mobile concrete mixer service that allows you to pay for only what you end up using.

Save Money and Time with Our Mobile Concrete MixerEven if you’re just planning a small construction or remodeling project, you often don’t know the exact quantity of materials you need until the job is over. Accounting for waste, spills and other unknowns often means overordering, meaning you buy too much and end up wasting money. You could go conservatively, but that could also mean you buy too little and have to make multiple purchases along the way to obtain everything you need – often costing even more. Both these scenarios are annoying, and a big turn off for anyone who is working on a project.

Avoid these scenarios altogether, you can overplan without worry by using our mobile concrete service. Our truck can deliver up to 11 yards of concrete per delivery, and you simply need to let us know how much you think you’ll need. If you end up needing less than you originally specified, don’t worry – you’re only ever charged for every increment of one-quarter yard that you use after we mix the concrete.

Most project managers recommend overordering by 10 percent of what you think will be needed just in case you need extra. While this isn’t a bad idea, it means you’re wasting 10 percent more money if your original projections are correct. This may not seem like a lot of money after just one project, but it quickly adds up over time. Avoid this issue altogether by taking advantage of our mobile concrete mixer service.

Get in touch with a member of our team today to learn more about how we can help!

Get The Right Amount of Concrete Before You Pour!

Get The Right Amount of Concrete Before You Pour!Putting in new concrete is one job that can become very messy if done incorrectly. That’s why it is so important to have the right amount of concrete to complete the job. Here are a few tips to make sure you don’t end up with too much – or too little – to get your project done.

All About Dimensions

Say you are putting down new concrete for your driveway. When trying to figure out how much concrete you will need, take into account the width, length and thickness of the driveway you’re planning to pour. Once you have those, there is a concrete calculator on our home page that you can use to determine the number of cubic yards that will be needed for your project.

The Thicker, The Better

When measuring the thickness of your concrete, be sure to add a quarter-inch to the total number. This additional volume can help accommodate up for areas where the grade you’re pouring over is uneven. This is important because if you are paving a new patio or sidewalk, you don’t want it to be uneven or below the grade of your existing yard.

Allow a Margin for Error

In addition to embellishing the thickness, allow yourself some room for error with the amount of concrete you need. Depending on how many total yards of concrete you need, you should order anywhere from half a yard to one and a half yards more.

Keep It Simple

If the area you are looking to pour the cement into is an irregular shape then do this: break it down into smaller, simpler shapes. That way you can make more precise measurements of the easily defined portions, allowing you to more accurately determine how much concrete you will need.

Bergen Mobile Concrete provides concrete pouring and installation in New Jersey using the latest technology. For more information on our services, give us a call today at 201-797-7550!

Increasing Traction on Concrete Surfaces

Increasing Traction on Concrete SurfacesThere are a number of benefits to having a concrete driveway, but just like many other types of surfaces, concrete can quickly become slippery in the winter. As snow and ice piles up in the coming months, your driveway can become a safety hazard.

However, there are a few preventative measures you can take to increase the traction on your driveway and any other concrete surfaces you may have around your property.

One of the most effective methods to increase traction is to apply a friction coating. To do this, you’re going to first need to choose a specific type of friction coating. There are several options available, each of which may be more or less suited to your specific driveway.

For example, there are friction coating products made with everything from aluminum oxide beads to polyethylene, so make sure you ask for help before making a final selection.

Once you’ve chosen a specific type of coating, it should be applied to your concrete driveway on a day with moderate temperature and no rain. Make sure your driveway is closed off so nobody steps or drives onto it while the coating is being applied.

Before getting started, your driveway should also be as clean as possible to ensure that the coating adheres well to the surface. If you aren’t working with a new driveway, you may need to use a degreasing cleaner to get rid of some deeper grime and roadway oils.

There are other methods of improving traction on concrete services, including broom finishing. This technique can be done immediately after concrete is poured, adding a series of small lines in the concrete that can add some additional traction. However, it’s not ideal for any concrete surfaces that have decorative markings, and it can only be done during the construction of a new driveway.

Regardless of which method you use, stay safe this winter and take the necessary steps now to prevent slippery driveways in the future.

At Bergen Mobile Concrete, we can help ensure that your driveway is prepared for all seasons. With comprehensive concrete delivery services – including night and weekend availability – we’re available when you need us.

For more information, call us today at 201-797-7550.

Sealing an Outdoor Concrete Slab

Concrete DrivewayWhether you have a crack in your concrete driveway, walkways, or any other slab around your property, we’re here to help. We know that a crack in your concrete can tarnish the overall appearance of your home or commercial building, which is why it should be fixed as soon as possible. If you are just looking for a simple way to seal the crack, you can take advantage of the following steps.

When outdoor concrete slabs remain unsealed, a few problems can arise. Most often, water will find its way into the crack, which will then erode the soil under the entire slab. This can cause the concrete to settle over time. In order to avoid this, you need to first get rid of any debris in the crack. You can do this using a screwdriver or a similar tool that will allow you to easily scoop out any small pieces of broken concrete or anything else.

Once the crack in your concrete is free of debris, you should fill it with repair caulk. There are several different options available, but just make sure it is designed for use with concrete. Make sure you cover the crack with a sealant that is long lasting and waterproof. Most sealants will only take a couple of hours to dry at most, but just make sure nothing touches the area of the concrete until then.

Cracks in your concrete surfaces will naturally appear over time, especially if the slab is very old. At a certain point if your concrete has too many cracks, it may need to be replaced or repaired altogether. Until then, use these tips to quickly and carefully fix the problem.