Text Box: Q: How do I figure out how much concrete I will need for my concrete project?
A: To estimate the volume of concrete you would need, try using the following formula: Length (ft) X Width (ft) X Thickness (in) then divide by 12 and divide again by 27 to give the cubic yardage. Ready-Mix Suppliers in our area use the metric system so you will want to divide the cubic yardage total by 1.308 to give you the concrete volume in meters. If you are using a concrete pump, you will want to add another 0.60 of a meter to prime the pump. It is also a good practice to add more on top of your total to allow for spillage and an uneven sub-grade. If you are short on your measurement it will cost you time and money and could ruin your concrete pour while you wait for a truck to return to you. If you are not secure in your math skills try using concrete calculators: Concrete.com .  We have provided a quick link to this calculator here.
Q: What is the difference between cement and concrete?
A: Although the terms cement and concrete often are used interchangeably, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is basically a mixture of aggregates and paste (usually water, cement powder and fly ash powder). The aggregates are sand and gravel or crushed stone. Concrete gets stronger as it gets older. Portland cement is not a brand name, but the generic term for the type of cement used in almost all concrete. Cement adds up to 10 to 15 percent of the concrete mix, by volume. Through a process called hydration, the cement and water harden and bind the aggregates into a rocklike mass. This hardening process continues for years meaning that concrete gets stronger as it gets older. There is no such thing as a cement sidewalk, or a cement mixer; the proper terms are concrete sidewalk and concrete mixer.
Q: When should I call to book my concrete truck?
A: Order your ready mix concrete as soon as possible as you will probably be put on a schedule that is not your own, and first come, first served. It is important to make sure that you are ready for the concrete truck because if the truck has to wait you will be charged for waiting time. 
Make sure your site is well prepared, from truck delivery to final wash out of the equipment. Remember trucks are heavy and can cause damage and they must be washed off before they leave your site. You are responsible for the concrete mixer access in and out of your jobsite. Be prepared, a tow bill can be expensive for you.
Have plenty of help around in case you have a problem and have to get a lot of work done in a short period of time as concrete does not wait for anyone.
Q: Where should I buy my concrete and concrete supplies?
A: Order your ready mix concrete where the pros do... Live Oak Materials, Inc. The helpful staff at Live Oak is ready to answer your questions, call (361) 775-0065 for the admin office or (361) 776-3575 for the dispatcher for more information.

Q:  Do you pour concrete on Sat and Sun?

A:  Depending on the size of your pour, we may be able to accommodate weekend and/or night jobs.

Q:  How long do I wait before I can put traffic on the new driveway or sidewalk?

A:  A general rule of thumb is that in moderate to warm weather, a minimum of one week is required before the concrete is open to vehicular traffic.  Pedestrian traffic may be allowed in 24-48 hours, but that again is weather dependant.  Use of a faster setting mix, or one richer in cement for higher early strength, may allow quicker access.  Contact your concrete supplier for an estimation of when to allow traffic based on the conditions when the concrete was placed.



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