Concrete Calculation: Buying the Right Amount for Your Project
You need to pour concrete for a commercial or residential project? You don’t know how much concrete to order, to make sure there is no waste and incur additional costs? Our concrete calculator is there to help you!
Once you have all the information you need to start your project, Groupe Bellemare offers a wide variety of concrete products and services to meet all your needs.
The Importance of Calculating the Quantity of Concrete
Depending on the size of your project, concrete costs can increase rapidly. An accurate estimate of the quantity of concrete required can help avoid unnecessary expenses.
From an ecological point of view, an excessive order of concrete generates unnecessary transport and travel. Please note that the concrete supplier does not take the excess concrete back, so you are responsible for it. If you find yourself with excess concrete after your project and have to dispose of it, know that Groupe Bellemare has a sorting centre for construction materials.
How to Use the Concrete Calculator?
The measurement method differs depending on the shape of your future concrete slab. For example, you would measure a rectangular shape using the length and width. A circular shape requires you to find the diameter.
Once you have found the dimensions of your slab, enter them into the calculator and add the thickness. This will give you the amount of concrete needed for your project. You can change the unit of measurement to your preference.
The tool also gives you the amount of concrete needed based on your loss estimate between 5% and 10%.
Bagged Concrete or Mixer Rental?
Should you order concrete that is already prepared by mixer or is it better to buy your concrete in bags and prepare it yourself?
Larger jobs are easier to accomplish by renting a concrete mixer (rather than trying to mix bag after bag manually). However, for smaller jobs, you should opt for bagged concrete.
Bagged concrete is ideal for:
- Casting of small slabs for sidewalks or patios;
- Installation of fence posts;
- Repair of foundation walls, walkways or steps;
- Casting of small curbs, steps or ramps;
- Bases for decks, pergolas, walls, and more.
If you buy bagged concrete, you will also need additional equipment to mix concrete. A rented mechanical mixer can be very effective!
Concrete delivered by mixer is good for:
- Large patios, walkways, pool decks, and more;
- House foundation slabs;
- Parking lots, sidewalks or any other commercial project.
If you choose delivery by concrete mixers, you will have to calculate the quantity of concrete needed for your work. To avoid additional costs and travel, it is important that the truck carries enough concrete on its first trip. In large projects, several concrete mixers could be deployed and even the use of specialized tools like a concrete pump to spread the concrete more efficiently.
It’s up to you!
If you need more information about your concrete order, do not hesitate to contact our experts!
Our Bellemare Béton division has been delivering a wide variety of concrete for all types of work for over 50 years.