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.

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!

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.

A New Type of Concrete Can Absorb Water

ConcreteConcrete is an amazing material for a long list of reasons and it is the perfect choice for sidewalks, driveways, buildings, and other structures. However, concrete has improved in several ways throughout history, and inventors are always looking for new ways to use it. Now, a company in the UK has developed a new type of concrete that can actually absorb water at an alarming rate.

That’s right; water-absorbing concrete is a real thing. The specialized form of concrete, called Topmix Permeable, can actually absorb as much as 1,000 liters of water per minute. While it may sound hard to believe, the company has performed several demonstrations that underline the effectiveness of the concrete. In one video, a truck poured more than 4,000 liters of water on to a section of Topmix Permeable concrete, and it vanished almost instantly.

Just how does this concrete work? Well, unlike traditional concrete, Topmix Permeable contains no sand or crushed stone. Instead, the concrete is placed over another layer made entirely out of crushed stone, which allows the concrete itself to remain porous. The water simply moves through the concrete, into the aggregate layer, and eventually makes its way into the earth below.

While the practical application of this concrete remains to be seen, it could be effective in areas that are prone to flooding. And although this is the first example of concrete that has been able to absorb water, it is similar in many ways to porous asphalt and paving blocks that have been used in several cities across the U.S.

We’re eager to see what the future holds for water absorbing concrete, and we’ll be sure to update you with any new information!

Concrete That Can Repair Itself

concrete-crushedHighways. They’re like the veins of America, the blood flowing from coast to coast. Without highways, there’d be nothing really bringing the country together. Politics certainly aren’t doing the trick! Unfortunately a bulk of the highway system is seemingly crumbling.

With that said, highways are one of the most important parts of American infrastructure; it is important for the government to keep up to date on repairs, meaning no potholes or other impediments to smooth flowing traffic. After all, the highway system is crucial to the nation’s economy so the roads must be maintained; it’s really as simple as that. What are the roads constructed out of? Concrete of course!

Congress had to scramble to approve funding for the highway system by July 31. Why such a scramble? We’ll never know; it’s Washington! But their scramble demonstrates just how important the highway system is and how we need stronger and higher-performing highways and bridges. While that’s priority number one, there’s also talk of developing a better system of concrete. That may already be in the works, according to this article in The Christian Science Monitor.

Phoebe Tollefson writes, “It may sound far-fetched, but the technology exists for self-healing concrete. The auto-mending material contains limestone-producing bacteria that activates when wet. The bacteria can lie dormant for up to 200 years, according to the European Patent Office, where the technology is registered.”

Imagine that! Self-healing concrete. It’s almost like something out of a sci-fi movie. It basically starts repairing itself the moment it gets wet. That kind of technology could possibly change the way we see the world. What do you think?

The Evolution of Concrete and What It Means for Humanity

6653499_SWe guess you could say that concrete is like the cockroach of building materials; it’s been used for what seems like forever, and it’s still kicking, and it’ll still be around even after everything else is gone. Concrete is trustworthy, the reliable material that we all come back to. What’s refreshing though is that we’re not using the same methods when it comes to concrete structures; we have evolved, as pointed out in The Independent.

Jay Merrick writes, “In the 21st century, software-generated algorithms and geometry often make the shaping and structuring of concrete as deliberately iconic […] but the aesthetic and atmospheric qualities of concrete architecture are not just about shape-making. It’s about the feel of the material, the light and shadow it creates, its particular sense of lightness, its particular sense of “grunt” – or its lightness and delicacy. Concrete can make asymmetry as graceful as symmetry, or turn volumes of space into engrossing mysteries.”

Wow! That’s quite the ringing endorsement. Sounds more like a religious experience than some architectural structure, but we can agree with that assessment. Concrete is poetry and at Bergen Mobile Concrete, we’re proud to work with this brilliant material. This material has taken civilizations to the skies. This material has solidified our lives in ways never thought possible. Concrete is the backbone from which every city perseveres, the legs on which every city can walk. It is, quite simply, what holds us together and with new technological advancements and a better understanding of the material as a whole, we can only expect concrete to become an even more prominent building block for the future – and that excites us. Doesn’t that excite you too?

We promise you that Bergen Mobile Concrete will evolve the same way that concrete has in order to serve you better!