Choosing a ready mix supplier
Your goal in choosing a ready Mix supplier is to get a product that performs, when you want it, and at a fair price. Here is how to do that.
First, Look in the yellow pages under concrete-ready mix. Jot down the phone numbers of 3 or 4 Ready Mix companies. Note the plant locations if that information is given, or call the plants and get their location.
Second, narrow your list down to the two or three suppliers closest to your home (job location). The American Concrete Institute notes that concrete must be discharged form the truck within 1.5 hours of being batched, or 300 revolutions of the truck (whichever comes first)-so the farther away the plant is form your job, the higher the chance for a problem. Also, the farther the delivery distance, the more transportation of the material will cost. Lastly, the farther away the concrete comes from, the more chance of it being late to the job. So getting a supplier who is close to you helps on all three of your goals in choosing a Ready Mix supplier: a product that performs, when you want it, and at a fair price.
Third, get referrals from 2-3 neighbors, or from the local hardware store. Get the referrals from people who have recently done jobs close to the same size as your job. You want to get an indicator of how the Ready Mix company will service someone like you: not how they service the biggest contractor in town.
If you don't have someone to get a referral from, simply call the Ready Mix suppliers and ask them for referrals on two or three jobs your size that they poured in the last week. Call those references and ask:
Fourth, when you are satisfied you have one or two qualified ready Mix Companies, call those firms for a price based on the concrete you want. Also ask them how many days lead time they need for an order and if you will be able to get the concrete at the time of day you want.
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