Concrete forms the heart of nearly every home and building in the UK. Choosing a trusted, reliable and certified concrete supplier should be the first and most important priority of any building contractor.
A lot of construction projects use concrete for foundations, slabs, piles and walls. Indeed, concrete is often integral to the structure of new buildings. As such, for your peace of mind, it is advisable to use robust, quality-assured readymix concrete for such projects – making sure your building is strong and safe. Ideally, the option you choose will be certified by the British Standards Institute (BSI), as BSI-certified concrete has met strict standards when it comes to strength testing, the production environment and the manufacturing quality plan.
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The BSI sets the gold standard for quality across the construction industry, which is why the BSI Kitemark is a reliable quality indicator that building contractors and home improvers can look out for. In order to achieve the BSI Kitemark, concrete suppliers are required to pass regular tests – e.g. compressive strength testing on concrete cubes, and aggregate ratio testing. A supplier’s manufacturing environment and processes are also regularly assessed to ensure they continue to meet the BSI’s very high standards.
Why use certified concrete?
Your building’s foundations and internal structure are the elements that keep it standing; so, by using high-quality, certified concrete to build these, you can protect your property as much as possible from the risk of structural problems. Also, using certified concrete ensures that you can meet the exact concrete strength that is required by architects, surveyors and inspectors, helping you meet standards and safeguard your property’s value.
The benefits of certified concrete
Whether you are working on a large-scale commercial construction project or are simply carrying out a home renovation, you will find that there are many benefits of certified concrete. As well as ensuring that your building can stand the test of time, and that its structural foundations are completely secure, BSI-certified concrete is also affordable.
In fact, Rapid Readymix’s certified concrete generally costs just £1-2 more, per cubic meter, than standard readymix concrete from uncertified suppliers,.
The problem with poor-quality concrete
Concrete is made up of an intricately calculated mix of cement, aggregates and water. While quality-assured concrete has been thoroughly tested for this precise mix, uncertified options may contain recycled, contaminated or low-quality aggregates that can potentially reduce the performance of the concrete and increase the building’s risk of structural weakness.
So, why use quality-assured concrete? Well, because it is affordable, reliable and the best option for keeping your building safe and strong for as long as possible.
Here at Rapid Readymix, our concrete is certified under the BSI standards: BS EN 206-1 and BS 8500 (parts one and two). We are one of just a few volumetric suppliers in London and the South East to hold the BSI Kitemark, as it is usually only given to traditional drum-mixer suppliers.