You’re looking for materials for your home construction project, and you come across mini-mix concrete. And you think, what is that?
Is it the ready mix concrete you need for a driveway, garage base of fence foundations? Is it the barrow mix concrete you need for a shed base at the bottom of your garden, or the groundwork for a new patio?
Yes… pretty much. Depending on which concrete supplier you’re looking at!
If you don’t what you’re looking for – or the terminology used – it can be confusing.
So let Goodmix help. If you’re a homeowner looking to start a DIY project that needs easy-to-get, easy-to-use concrete, here’s a comprehensive look at everything you need to know about mini-mix.
What is Mini-Mix concrete?
Mini-mix, also referred to as a short load or small batch, is a special concrete mix that is typically delivered in smaller quantities, usually less than 3 cubic metres.
This makes it a great choice for smaller projects, such as home repairs, garden projects, footpaths, or small slabs where full-sized concrete truck deliveries are impractical.
A key benefit of mini-mix is that it provides the same quality and consistency as traditional ready mix concrete but can be tailored to your specific needs.
You only ever pay for what you need, reducing waste and helping you manage your budget efficiently.
Is Mini-Mix different from Ready Mix Concrete?
While both mini-mix and ready-mix concrete are essentially the same type of concrete made from the same components – cement, aggregates, and water – it’s the delivery volume and how you tend to use them that differs.
Ready mix concrete is generally used for larger projects where you need a lot more concrete to pour. Think large-scale commercial and residential projects, where concrete is delivered in large volumetric mixer trucks.
Mini-mix on the other hand, caters to smaller projects, delivered in smaller quantities – as the name suggests. This makes it a super flexible option for homeowners and DIY enthusiasts who don’t need truckloads of concrete, but still want the strength and durability that professional-grade concrete provides.
Don’t forget, you can get different types of ready mix concrete and mini mix – it all comes down to what goes into them. At Goodmix, we only ever use the highest quality aggregated for all our concrete deliveries.
Mini-Mix and Barrow Mix Concrete: Are they the same?
There’s often confusion between mini-mix and barrow mix concrete, primarily due to their similar usage in smaller scale projects. And in fact, for all intents and purposes, they are the same if you’re ordering from a reputable concrete supplier in Manchester like Goodmix.
Barrow mix concrete is typically mixed on-site, providing the advantage of adjusting the mix and quantity during the job – but this can add time and money to the process – passed on to homeowners.
Traditionally mini-mix is pre-mixed in a controlled environment and delivered ready-to-use. As it comes straight from the mixing truck, it eliminates the need for on-site mixing equipment and labour, saving you time, effort and cost.
Our barrow mix concrete is the same as mini-mix – freshly mixed in our state-of-the-art volumetric truck and ready to be poured on-site wherever and whenever you’d like to use it
What You Need to Know About Mini-Mix
When choosing mini-mix for your DIY project, there are a few things you need to consider:
- Consistent Quality: With mini-mix, you get the same high quality and consistency as ready mix concrete. It’s manufactured under controlled conditions, ensuring a reliable product every time.
- Reduced Waste: Mini-mix is ideal for smaller projects, as it significantly reduces unnecessary waste. You only pay for what you use, making it an economical choice.
- Saves Time and Labuor: Mini-mix does not require on-site mixing. It arrives ready to use, saving you lots of time and effort you can put to good use elsewhere on your DIY project.
- Versatility: Whether it’s a garden project, a small repair job, or building a footpath, mini-mix is flexible to fit your specific needs.
- Environmental Impact: Mini-mix concrete tends to have a lower environmental impact because you’re reducing any waste and there’s less carbon emission from smaller delivery vehicles.
Looking for mini mix in Manchester or around the North West?
Choose a trusted supplier like Goodmix and we’ll give you all the professional advice you need on getting the right type of mini-mix for your DIY project. High quality, ready to use, and cost-effective.