Concrete is a versatile substance that has been used for centuries in a wide range of construction projects. Ready-mix concrete suppliers help build home foundations, driveways, roadways, bridges, dams, buildings and more. With the help of a ready-mix concrete company, it can be cast into different shapes and colors and provides unmatched durability in terms of compressive strength and resistance to weather extremes.
Concrete vs. Cement—not the same product
Many people use the terms “concrete” and “cement” interchangeably, but the two are actually different products. Cement is a mineral (Powder) that sets and hardens to bind other materials together.
Hydraulic cement, such as Portland Cement, are the most commonly used types. They harden when mixed with water. Other types of hydraulic cements include masonry cements, colored cements and engineered cements.
Ready-mix Concrete is a mixture of cement, aggregates, water and admixtures. CEMEX works continuously to develop a wide range of innovative solutions for the uses of concrete.
Engineered Concrete can meet virtually any industrial performance requirement
From fast-setting concrete, to concrete featuring a rainbow of colors and textures, CEMEX can design a mixture to fit virtually any building need. As one of the leading ready mix concrete suppliers, CEMEX can conform to any construction schedule, and meet both strength and beauty requirements.
To meet and exceed your needs, our ready-mix concrete company has built technology laboratories across the country. At our central technology laboratory in Tampa, Florida, we constantly test additives and specially designed mixtures to produce concrete that conforms to the high performance capabilities required for large industrial & infrastructure projects, such as bridges, highways and runways. The Tampa Laboratory, and other CEMEX laboratories across the country routinely produce concrete with high acid resistance and the robust performance and durability capabilities needed for uses such as industrial cooling towers.
CEMEX also utilizes high performance concrete to manufacture precast products such as concrete pipe used in potable water and sewage systems, providing affordable, long-lasting conduits that have high structural strength and can withstand water abrasion. Special cements and high technology concrete designs also allow holding tanks to resist chemicals used in wastewater treatment plants, thus reducing maintenance costs.
For durability and low maintenance—and an increasingly competitive upfront cost—look to concrete for roadways and pavements
When compared over the lifespan of the pavement, concrete competes well with hot mix asphalt pavement. Moreover, CEMEX has recently began leading implementation of faster & lower cost methods such as Roller Compacted Concrete for paving that make concrete even more competitive. With its longer life span and lower, long-term maintenance costs, concrete paving should be used when developing pavement and roadway designs.
Concrete provides a wealth of benefits to commercial and housing construction
Concrete forms the very foundation, floors and walls of many modern buildings—both commercial and residential—and delivers plenty of benefits. Self-compacting concrete improves strength and durability, while reducing energy use due to its ability to minimize temperature fluctuations in buildings over the course of the day. It also provides a natural noise barrier.
In residential applications, Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) construction delivers several benefits over traditional wood frame housing by providing greater resistance to fire, wind and termite damage, in addition to increased insulating capabilities and decreased energy usage.
Concrete and sustainability
Energy savings, fire resistance, strength and long-term stability, impervious to weather and insect damage—these are just a few of the sustainable benefits provided by ready-mix concrete. To learn more about our sustainable products and initiatives, visit our sustainable construction section.
Ready-Mix concrete delivery—ready when you are
CEMEX maintains a sophisticated, online-based system that allows customers to track deliveries in real time, download invoices and make payments—all with the click of a mouse. For more information on CEMEX Go, click here.