When dealing with construction projects in remote areas, it can be more than a little tempting to go with site mix concrete instead of premix concrete in order to save a little money. After all, the transportation costs are usually higher when building somewhere more remote, and the fact that the labour pool tends to be smaller often sees your labour costs rise into the bargain.
Be that as it may, you shouldn't let the fact that site mix concrete is a little cheaper distract you from the fact that premix concrete is significantly more convenient. After all, convenience becomes a key concern when you're working at a site that is harder to reach.
Here are just four reasons why that makes premix concrete the saner choice.
1. Easy to Transport
Probably the most important reason to go for premix concrete is that it is a lot easier for it to be delivered. By using separate hoppers, vehicles can remain stable across even rougher terrain, so you won't have to worry if the roads leading to your site aren't as well-maintained as they might be in other parts of the country. Additionally, you won't need as much machinery in order to mix your concrete, so there will be fewer larger items to transport.
2. Easier to Create
When you opt for site mix concrete, you need a lot more space in which to work. That means space for all the machinery as well as space for vehicles to manoeuvre. Since your remote site might not enjoy surroundings that are particularly flat or level, this can be a problem. Also, site mix requires labour for mixing, shifting, laying and compacting. With premix, you only need labour for laying and compacting, so fewer workers will need to be accommodated.
3. Lower Chance of Failure
When concrete is mixed onsite, it's generally hard to achieve quality consistency. In contrast, premix concrete will have been mixed in a controlled environment and then checked to ensure quality, reducing the chances that anything will be wrong with your batch. Of course, a lower chance of failure is important with all jobs, but it can be even more important when you're dealing with a remote location since it will take much longer for replacement concrete to arrive.
4. Less to Remove
When you order premix concrete, it's easy to order exactly what you're going to need. When you mix onsite, you generally end up getting a little more than you need, just to be on the safe side. This will mean that more raw materials have to be transported away from the site as well as to the site.