How to prepare for a concrete delivery

When planning a construction project, customers are often concerned about how to prepare their site for a concrete delivery.  It’s a pretty straightforward process, but there’s a few things to consider before your concrete delivery arrives. Making sure everything is in place before the truck pulls up will make the whole process stress-free.

Check you’ve ordered enough concrete

Before your delivery is due, it pays to double-check you’ve ordered enough for the job. Too little and you’ll have to pay for a new delivery, too much and you may be charged for delivery. As projects develop measurements and quantities can change. Are the calculations you made when you ordered the concrete still correct?

Ensure there’s clear access

As soon as you’ve booked the date for your delivery, you’ll need to start planning how to make access to the site as easy as possible.  Firstly, it’s worth considering the size of a concrete truck. Will it be able to access your property easily? Will it need to take a different route to avoid narrow lanes? Are there usually parked cars around your property?

It sounds obvious, but it’s not unknown for concrete trucks to arrive on site only to find there’s no appropriate place for the truck to park for the delivery. If the truck can’t park, there’s no delivery.

As well as ensuring the truck can reach your property and safely park, you need to be confident that there’s space at the property for equipment to be set up. Concrete pumps are designed to be able to operate in areas where space is limited, but anything that you can to do to maximise space will be helpful and make the whole task easier.

You should also give your neighbours prior warning about the delivery. It can take time to manoeuvre large vehicles in built-up areas, so you should assure that people who live nearby have taken action to minimise any disruption to their daily routines.

Do you have enough manpower to deliver the concrete to the final site?

If you’re planning on moving the concrete from the truck to the final site using wheelbarrows, you will need to ensure that you have enough manpower on hand to do the job efficiently. The same applies for pouring and tamping the concrete. As you need to work quickly with concrete it make sense to have more people on hand than you might need than too few.

Whether the concrete is being delivered to a commercial or domestic site, everyone who is required to move the concrete should know exactly what their role is before the delivery begins. They should be wearing appropriate protective clothing and be aware of health and safety issues that may arise. Ensuring everyone is aware of their roles and responsibilities should help to ensure a smooth transition of the concrete from the truck to its final site.

Check the weather

The weather can play a crucial part in the efficiency of any concrete delivery. Sudden heavy downpours can play havoc with a concrete delivery. Very cold or hot weather will also change how the concrete reacts.  Most of the time in the UK, temperate climate means that weather is rarely an issue, but freak conditions can and do happen. Your concrete provider will be able to advise about the performance of concrete in different conditions if you have any concerns. If the conditions are forecast to be particularly unfavourable it may be sensible to re-arrange delivery for a different day.

Is the site firm and level?

Whatever the size of your concrete delivery, it’s important to ensure that the site is prepared and ready-to-go. You should prepare the site where the concrete is to be poured at least one day before the delivery.  You should ensure that the ground is level. Remove any debris, stones, old roots, shrubs and bushes and make sure you use an appropriate sub grade that has been sufficiently compacted.

Set-up the framework

The frame is the wooden barrier between that’s set up around the edge of the pour site that creates the concrete slab.  It’s usually made from 25mm thick planks, to keep the concrete in place until it has had chance to set. The framework needs to be as deep as the intended depth of the concrete slab. The depth of the slab will of course depend on your intended use of the set concrete, with projects such as a base for a garage requiring a greater depth than the base of a patio for instance.

Make sure your framework is in place, has the correct dimensions and is strong enough for the pour to take place.

Are there differences between a domestic concrete delivery and one to a building site?

There are usually some key differences between concrete deliveries taking place to a household and one to a building site. In the latter there is unlikely to be any shortage of manpower, and access to the site will already have been regularly negotiated by large vehicles.  Building sites are usually well prepared for concrete deliveries, any problems that occur tend to be ones related to project management and mix-ups.  

Household deliveries often have more potential for things to go wrong. Site access, a lack of appreciation of just how much labour is required when it comes to moving concrete, and inadequate site preparation can all present problems on the day. Talk to your supplier to make sure you are fully aware of the preparations you need to make.

Goodmix Concrete can advise you how best to prepare your site for delivery

At Goodmix Concrete we’re experienced at delivering concrete to all kinds of sites. We’ve encountered access problems, inclement weather and other challenges. Our experienced professional team is always happy to advise how best to prepare your site for your delivery.

It’s important to remember that most concrete deliveries are straightforward and issue-free.

Why not get in touch today to find out more about how we can help with your next project?