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How to Choose the Best Method of Transporting Concrete

There are many ways to transport concrete to your pour site, and choosing the correct one for your needs will mean the final quality of your mix is not compromised. Concrete transportation happens in two stages: from batching plant to the worksite, and within the worksite itself. Your chosen method of transportation will largely depend on the application of your concrete and the setup of your construction site. In this article, we’re looking at the various transportation methods for concrete, along with their benefits. Transporting concrete to a worksite Once you’ve ordered a batch of concrete, it’ll need to be transported…

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How Long Does Concrete Take to Cure?

Concrete doesn’t reach its full strength instantly after hardening – it has to go through the curing process first. That means you have to wait a little longer before putting any weight on it – so if you’ve just laid a driveway, keep your car away from it for the time being and read this article to learn all about the concrete curing process. Curing times for concrete Technically, concrete never stops curing. In fact, concrete gets stronger and stronger as time goes on. But, as far as we’re concerned, to reach a practical strength, most industrial concrete mixes have a…

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We Attend Herts Young Homeless Event

On 20th June 2018, we joined the team from Herts Young Homeless for a charity breakfast, which took place in The Galleria shopping centre. The event gave local businesses and partners such as ourselves an insight into the charity’s upcoming plans and initiatives, as well as giving us the chance to meet the team behind the great work that they do for Hertfordshire’s youth. One of the key points of the morning was their latest project, the ‘Live Life’ campaign, a service which has been set up by a group of former hyh service users who are keen to use their…

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We’ve Moved Offices!

Since The Concrete Network began in Summer 2017, our contact centre has been based in a shared office building in Hertfordshire. A year on, and with our workforce expanding rapidly, mid April saw our team moving into bigger and better equipped premises. We’ve had our own freestanding office units built, scaling up from two, second floor rooms and shared facilities, to a two-storey structure that is perfect for our growing business. The fantastic new building includes increased space for our sales, customer service and accounts teams, as well as individual office space  and meeting rooms. We believe that providing our staff…

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A Guide To Polished Concrete Flooring

When you think of concrete, your mind might not instantly jump to a sleek and stylish flooring option; however, upon reading this article, we hope it that it will. We will be using this article to discuss polished concrete flooring, and offering some useful information to take on board before you decide to utilise it in your home. What is polished concrete flooring? Polished concrete flooring, unlike industrial concrete flooring, has been treated with a chemical densifier to fill in the holes and pores of the substance, and ground down with progressively finer grinding tools. Once the process is finished, you…

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What Is Concrete Made Of?

There is a considerable amount of confusion surrounding what exactly concrete is made of, as well as the differences between concrete and cement. Although many people seem to refer to concrete and cement interchangeably, they are in fact two separate things. Cement is a binding material, and one of the key ingredients of concrete. Concrete, on the other hand, is a compound material composed of water, cement and aggregates (for example, sand and gravel). To clear the confusion further, we will take a more detailed look at the two materials, gaining a better understanding of concrete in the process. The difference…

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