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What exactly is Ready mix?

Ready-mixed concrete is mixed in batches at a central plant before delivery to the job site for placement. 

What's the difference between a short load and a Ready mix?

The main difference between a short load and a Ready mix is the location where the concrete is mixed.  

What's the minimum order size?

A short-load concrete delivery contains one to 11 yards of concrete and is best for small residential and commercial projects that require small quantities of it. 

On-site mixing vs ready-mix

Ready-mix concrete has some advantages over on-site mixing but it isn’t always the best choice. The kind you choose will depend on the size of your project as well as your transportation requirements. 

Ready-mix concrete

This kind of concrete is usually sold by volume and mixed in batches according to the customer’s specifications; then, delivered to the work site ready to use. It saves time, and money and doesn’t require additional space for storage.  

On-site mixing

The process of mixing concrete on-site takes longer and requires skilled and unskilled workers for shifting, mixing, and laying the slump. The raw materials must be stored in a controlled storage space on site and you may lose material during mixing and storage. Also, controlling consistency from batch to batch requires constant supervision. Finally, mixing large amounts of concrete onsite is a hugely time-consuming task. 

Where do we get our concrete?

Most concrete in the USA comes from suppliers listed on ThomasNet.com and ConcreteConstruction.net  

How many yards does a concrete truck hold?

Concrete trucks are different but all have huge spinning mixers in the back that keep the slump from hardening during delivery. The average truck can hold eight to 10 cubic yards of concrete, large ones can hold about 14, and mini trucks, around four cubic yards. 

Glossary of Concrete Terminology


Abram’s law – A law used to predict the compressive strength of cement and other similar materials. The law states that concrete strength is inversely related to the ratio of water to cement.   

Accelerator – A chemical added to a concrete mix to reduce the set time by increasing the rate of hydration. 

Admixture – A natural or manufactured additive in freshly mixed concrete that enhances specific properties like durability, workability, and strength. 

Aggregate – A mixture of sand or crushed stone as well as expanded materials or particles that enhance the structural performance of concrete and improve paste formation and flow.  

Apron – A slab of concrete that extends beyond the entrance of a building. 



Bleed water/bleeding – The water that rises to the surface of freshly placed concrete.  

Blistering – The loss of adhesion with the underlying substrate.  

Bond – The adhesion or grip of a material to a surface. 

Bonding agent – A chemical agent that increases adherence to a given surface.  

Bond breaker – A material that keeps other materials from adhering to the concrete. 

Bull float – A tool used to smooth surfaces after pouring fresh concrete.  



Calcium chloride – An accelerating admixture that increases the rate of hydration in cooler, damp conditions so as to decrease the curing time of concrete. 

Cast in place – To place and finish in its final setting. 

Cement – A component of concrete that hardens when mixed with water and sand and other fine aggregates. 

Cement hydration – This is the cement and water reaction that makes concrete and other cement-based materials harden. 

Concrete – A combination of water, chemical additives, aggregates, and cement.  

Consistency – The flow of freshly mixed concrete, measured as “slump.” 

Control/Contraction joint – A groove made in concrete to regulate its cracking location. 

Cubic yard – A measuring unit used to order, sell and measure the volume of a ready-mix concrete batch. 

Curing – Any action taken to maintain proper moisture and temperature conditions of freshly placed concrete after placement to ensure adequate hydration and proper hardening. 

Curing compound – A liquid that either forms a membrane or penetrates the concrete to delay the evaporation of water when applied to newly placed concrete.   



Drying shrinkage – This is the decrease in the volume of concrete as it losses moisture.  



Finish – The smoothing, leveling, compacting, and final treatment of newly placed concrete. 

Flexural strength – The ability of hardened concrete to resist bending failure. 

Float finish – Surface texture obtained by finishing with a bull or a hand float. 

Fly ash – A supplementary cementitious material byproduct of the combustion of ground or powdered coal. 

Finishing – The compacting, leveling, smoothing, etc. of recently placed or fresh concrete. 



Gravel mix – A concrete mix containing either pea gravel or larger smooth gravel as the coarse aggregate.  



Hydro blasting – The process of removing imperfections from concrete surfaces with a high-pressure water stream. 



Kerf – A saw or router cut into a concrete surface. 

Kneeboards – Used by concrete finishers to kneel when hand floating or troweling concrete flatwork. 



Membrane – A layer formed over a concrete surface that provides protection and enhances color such as acrylic, plastic, epoxy, or polyurethane. 

Mix design – Specific proportions of cement, aggregates, water, and admixtures to produce concrete for a specific kind of job. 



Penetrating sealer – A sealer that penetrates the concrete surface to repel water.  

Permeability – This is the degree to which gas or liquid penetrates a coating or membrane. 

Plastic – The condition of freshly mixed concrete that indicates it’s ready to shape or cast. 

Portland cement – A hydraulic product that hardens upon interacting with water.  



Raveling – This refers to dislodging aggregate at the edges of scored patterns or joints in concrete. 

Ready-mixed concrete – A batch of concrete mixed prior to its delivery for placement at a job site. 



Sack – A 94-pound bag of Portland cement. 

Sack mix – This refers to the sacks of cement used in a cubic yard of concrete.  

Set – The condition reached by concrete when it attains full rigidity. 

Setting time – This is the measurement of the time it takes for concrete to harden. 

Slump – This is a measure of the consistency of freshly mixed concrete. 

Subgrade – The prepared and compacted soil made to support a structure or pavement system. 


Volumetric mixer – A concrete mixer that measures and produces plastic ready mix by volume.  



Water-to-cement ratio – The amount of water and cement used in a concrete mixture.  

Workability – The ease with which one can mix, place, and finish concrete and other cementitious materials.