How much concrete do I need for my project?
When starting a new home or garden project, you might be a little unsure of how to calculate just the right amount of concrete that you’ll need for the job. After all, you don’t want the hassle of under-ordering, nor the possible extra cost incurred from over-ordering.
So, in this article we’ll take you through the steps to accurately estimate how much concrete you need, and why choosing the right concrete mixing professional can save you money in this regard.
Why is it important to get the right amount of concrete?
Should you order too little concrete for your job, this could cause delays to the entire project as you wait for top-up amounts to be ordered and delivered. If you have hired labour to complete your project, this could also mean incurring more costs for their time.
On the flipside, while it’s wise to slightly overestimate how much you’ll need, if you order way over then not only is this wasteful but it might mean spending too much money on concrete you don’t need. This problem, however, can be bypassed by ordering from a company who will only charge you for the concrete you use, such as Southwest Concrete Pumping.
How much concrete do I need for a shed base?
Before a shed can be erected, a concrete shed base will first need to be constructed. Concrete is often measured in cubic metres, so you need to establish the dimensions of your shed base in metres and also the depth it will need to reach.
Using these measurements, you can take advantage of our handy concrete calculator to input these numbers to generate an estimate of the volume of concrete you will require. You may also want to add some onto the predicted amount to be on the safe side as this calculator only gives an estimation and cannot account for spills or mistakes.
How much concrete do I need for a fence post?
Some fence posts are made entirely from concrete and some just have concrete at the bottom to hold them in place – and this will ultimately affect how much concrete you require. The best thing to do is get in touch with your fencing supplier and figure out the dimensions that will be needed for the fence post regarding length, height and depth into the ground. From these numbers, you can use our concrete calculator to get a rough estimate of how much concrete you will require for a fence post.
How much concrete do I need for a driveway?
Driveways may be fairly difficult to estimate with regards to how much material you might need, particularly if they have curves – in which case, you may wish to get some specialist advice. If the driveway is fairly linear and straightforward, simply measure the intended width and length in metres, and then decide how deep you want the concrete to be, taking into account the laying of sub-bases underneath. Then you can use the concrete calculator to get a rough estimate.
What happens if I order too much concrete?
It’s always better to over-order than under-order. However, even with advice from an expert or by using calculations, it’s still fairly common to order more concrete than is needed. If that’s the case, you don’t have to worry. Here at Southwest Concrete Pumping, we only charge you for the concrete you actually use, meaning that overestimation will never be a costly problem.
Southwest Concrete Pumping is your friendly one-stop shop for concrete supply, pumping and mixing. We charge for what you use, and can create bespoke mixes to suit any type of project across Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Get in touch for a free quote or just for some helpful advice.