Wish to find one mix design that would work correctly for every job and application? Well, if the case is so, then here’s a bummer—there’s no such thing. But, indeed, it is not that hard—you should have the necessary knowledge and good communication with your supplier to get the perfect mix for your job.
Once you pick your ready-mix supplier, it is your responsibility to convey your requirements for the performance requirements for the concrete, both in its hardened and plastic states.
While you place concrete on a large stamped concrete project, keep in mind that you may need to slow the setting time to permit enough time for stamping. Once it is in place, try to know the anticipated exposure and service conditions of the concrete. It is crucial to know so that the supplier can supply you with strong enough material for the application and then give you a suggestion to increase the concrete performance.
While knowing the fundamentals of concrete mix design yourself is crucial, it is better to leave to your supplier. In case your supplier gets the formula wrong, then use your knowledge to troubleshoot the problem. If the supplier is reputable, he will welcome your feedback and change the mix proportion and ration to meet your needs. In some cases, even slight modifications can make a big difference in how the concrete performs.