We have listed several of our concrete additives as well as given an explaination of why they maybe added to your load of concrete. (This would of course be upon your request to do so.) Additional charges apply with the use of some of these products.
Our ready mix concrete additives include but are not limited to:
As you will see the reasons additives are used are many. The ready mix concrete industry has been extremely fortunate that since concrete was originally created, more and more advances have been made to insure its quality and durablity.
Calcium Chloride:Is used as a concrete accelerant. This causes the concrete to cure (harden) faster when conditions won't allow for natural curing times. This would help the concrete not to freeze before it has cured. (Freeze-thaw conditions).
Superplastisizer: Is a high range water reducer. The use of this admixture solves placability problems due to constrictions with forms as well as job placement conditions.
Retarder: Is a chemical that slows the hydration of Tricalium Silicate. This increases the workability time as well as slows down the set time for the concrete. This generally allows for increase in superior strength.
Air entrainment: Is a liquid air-entraining admixture. This admixture provides freeze-thaw resistance as well as increased finishablity. By using this product, bleeding and plastic shrinkage are minimal.
Eclipse Floor: Is a concrete shrinkage reduction admixture. This is used in high end, high value concrete flooring. This would be used in slab-on-grade concrete pours to extend joint spacing and help eliminate cracking.
Fiber Mesh: Fiber mesh is available as Cellulose, Polypropylene and Synthetic Macro Fibers and are used as structural reinforcement material to help prevent shrinkage and temperature cracking.
NCA: Is a non-corrosive, non-chloride set and strength accelerating admixture. This means that it increases the concrete hydration which allows for shorter setting times. This also increases early strengths for concrete and helps to protect the concrete from freezing during the first few hours after placement.
Sealer:This sealer has water repellancy, Improves aethetics, and is an efflorescence reducer. The sealer is dosed into the load at the plant, this saves time, material, and money.
If you have questions or comments regarding these admixtures, please contact us.
Coloring may also be added to your concrete. This can be used in decorative walks, patios as well as pool decks to bring your concrete to life. We do not carry color at this time, but we can recommend where it can be purchased. Please call for further information.