3 Variables Every Concrete Contractor Should Consider
In order to complete a contracting job successfully you need to implement great planning, timing, and communication. In the world of concrete contracting, these aspects are even more important. As you well know, once the process of mixing has begun concrete needs to be set quickly to avoid complications in consistency and quality. At Contractors License Resource, we love sharing contracting tips. Here we present 3 variables every concrete contractor needs to consider.
It’s often said that in life timing is everything. In the concrete industry, it’s an even more important variable. Once the materials and mix enter the concrete truck, drivers must transport it quickly to the worksite before the load sets.
This isn’t just a transportation issue, this is also about preparedness. The job site needs to be properly prepared to receive the concrete, and time for travel and on-site prep need to be accounted for when scheduling concrete delivery. Our contracting tips for timing also include creating a delivery route, creating a backup route, and ensuring that the crew is on site and ready to accept and lay the concrete.
Weather is a variable that wreaks havoc with concrete scheduling and timing. Getting the concrete down before it overheats or becomes too cold is vital to avoiding costly mistakes. While you can’t control the weather, you can control how you work around it. Obviously, there are additives that will help to accelerate and slow the setting time depending on weather. But, as shown in the contracting tips above, timing and scheduling are your best ally when fighting the variable of weather.
In hot weather, choose early morning scheduling for concrete pouring so it has time to pour and set before the day gets too hot. Likewise, consider scheduling mid day pours for cold weather, giving the concrete ample time to set before it gets too cold in the evening.
The best way to avoid complications when setting concrete is to develop and maintain clear and concise lines of communication. It seems obvious to ensure great lines of communication, but not every contractor follows this advice. Using an in house dispatcher at your office can eliminate confusion, overbooking, and lost revenue.
Confirming delivery times, planning delivery routes, and preparing properly on-site will set you up for success when pouring and setting concrete.
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