Serving Auburn, Brewerton, Cortland, Fayetteville, Geneva, Ithaca, Manlius, Seneca Falls, Syracuse, Waterloo, West Monroe & Surrounding Areas – 315-253-6666
Vitale & Robinson is a leading supplier of ready-mix concrete in Central New York.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has presented the Vitale-Robinson Companies with several awards for its high quality concrete supplied to highly visible projects in Central New York. Certified Mix Designs are prepared in advance to meet individual customer needs.
Tailored Mix Designs, Pre-pour conferences and Direct Job Site Supervision on all large and technical projects provide our customers with the support they need to be productive and successful.
New York State Approved Batch Plants, Materials, Computerized Dispatching, Certified Quality Control Technicians and On-site Supervision have been combined with trained employees who are here to meet your needs.
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In todays competitive market one needs to rely on more than pricing alone. Time is money and the value of timely service and quality products remains our #1 focus.
ROBINSON CONCRETE – “Serving the Public Since 1865”
VITALE READY-MIX CONCRETE – “Serving the Public Since 1979”
ROBINSON ROLL-OFF – “Serving the Public Since 2004”
Operating throughout the Central New York market provide the flexibility and piece of mind to know that your project has full support, quick turn-around, and complete back-up at all times. Each plant shares and utilizes the latest batching technology, New York State – D.O.T. approved materials, and a growing fleet of Front Discharge Mixers, All-Wheel Drive Mixers and All-Wheel Drive Conveyors to assure peak performance on each and every delivery. Supported by ACI certified “Grade I – Concrete Field Testing Technicians” complements our commitment to Quality.
Ask about our additional services:
- Concrete Pumping Services & Telebelt Concrete & Aggregate Placement Services
- Stone Slingers, Dump Trucks, and Live Bottom (Flowboy) Trailers
- Aggregates – Pickup, Delivery, and Placement Services
- Roll Off Containers – 10, 20, 30, & 40 Yard open containers plus 40 yard closed container
- Quik Hangers – Rebar Support System
- Form-A-Drain – Footing Forming System
- NUDURA – (I)nsulated (C)oncrete (F)orms
- XYPEX – Crystalline Waterproofing Products
For those hard to reach areas, we continue to expand our fleet of concrete pumps and concrete conveyor trucks. The ability to reach multiple floors, pour basement walls, high retaining walls, or to stretch across rugged terrain that mixer trucks cannot safely navigate make each of these units’ imperative to support the challenges offered in today’s site conditions. Concrete Pumps and Concrete Conveyors, “two of the greatest tools since the trowel”, allowing more working days on unimproved sites.
Can concrete be colored or dyed?
Actually, the coloring of concrete has become a very popular application in the northeastern United States. It is actually becoming common also to “Stamp” the concrete into certain forms or designs such as stone or brick.
What are concrete dyes?
Although stains have received much applause for their amazing color transformations, dyes deserve equal kudos. These underrated coloring agents can achieve vibrant tones simply not possible with stains alone. “Dyes can get the applicator into more vibrant colors such as yellow, blue, and purple to name a few,” says Bob Harris, president of The Decorative Concrete Institute and author of Bob Harris’ Guide to Stained Concrete Interior Floors. “The nice thing about working with dyes is that you can mix them at the job-site to obtain your desired color. Dyes are often used in conjunction with acid stains to produce a variegated look and, in most cases, complement the already stained floor.”
Are there different kinds of Concrete?
Concrete has two basic categories; Interior and Exterior. Interior concrete is used where freezing will never occur and Exterior concrete is used in areas that may or will experience freezing. Exterior concrete contains an admixture known as air entrainment. This product, when added and mixed properly in the batch, will produce countless numbers of microscopic air pockets. These pockets allow space for the moisture drawn into the concrete to expand when moisture freezes. A glass bottle, when filled to the top, capped and placed in the freezer, will shatter. When a glass bottle is only filled partially and frozen, the shattering of the container will not occur. This is due to the fact that the liquid in the container has room to expand within the container as it froze. The air pockets within “air entrained” concrete will allow for expansion in a similar fashion.
Concrete can also be categorized as footing mix and slab mix. The differences inherent in these two is based upon the mix strength. This strength is a factor of the amount of cement placed in each cubic yard. a 2,500 psi mix is a basic footing mix. Higher strength mixes, 3000, 3500, 4000, 4500 and so on, have more cement in the mix design. In addition, footings are placed at a greater thickness ( approximately 10 to 12 inches) and do not require as much cement. Driveways and sidewalks are placed at a thickness of approximately 3 to 4 inches and more cement is needed to bring about strengths needed to support vehicles.
What strength concrete do I need for my driveway?
It is recommended to utilize a 6.0 bag-4000 PSI or 6.5 bag-4500 psi mix for all exterior concrete subjected to traffic and/or freeze-thaw cycles.
Why does concrete crack?
Concrete is and has been since the Roman Empire a key building block around the world. While concrete’s strongest feature lies in its compressive state care and engineering are required to minimize and control cracking which typically can result from shrinkage or tensile failure. Concrete that is placed at to extensive a slump will undergo a loss of volume as the concrete “sets” and continues to harden. This loss of volume occurs as shrinkage and sets up tensile stresses causing cracks in concrete. Concrete cracking can be controlled but, almost never eliminated. Several industry solutions are the use of shrinkage and structural FIBERS offered by the Vitale-Robinson companies. Ask about our FIBEMESH, Ultraf-Fiber, wire mesh, rebar, and additional structural fibers available for your specific project. We also recommend the use of control joints, soft cutting, and construction joints. These efforts will allow concrete to perform as it was designed to do and makes a straight line out of a crooked crack.
How do I control cracking?
Concrete needs to be jointed to account for the shrinkage that will occur. Joint placement is determined by the thickness of the concrete and controlling the stressed of inside and outside corners while also isolating the concrete from fixed materials.
How long should I stay off my new concrete?
A properly cured 4000 PSI mix should generate 70% of its compressive strength in seven days and should be strong enough for passenger vehicles to drive on.
Will my concrete be stronger if I use wire mesh reinforcing?
No. Wire mesh reinforcing does nothing to make the concrete stronger. The wire mesh reinforcing will help to control shrinkage and tensile cracks from opening up once a crack has occurred.
What is the purpose of the fiber reinforcing now being used by many customers?
Intermixing millions of synthetic fibers into a cubic yard of concrete is meant to reduce or absorb micro-cracking that takes place when concrete begins to “set.” If micro-cracking is reduced or eliminated in the first few hours after placement, shrinkage control & cracking is greatly reduced.
What does it mean to cure concrete?
Curing is one of the most important steps in quality concrete construction and one of the most neglected. Effective curing is absolutely essential for surface durability. Fresh concrete must be kept warm and moist until the mixing water combines chemically with the cement (hydration). Without curing, the strength of the concrete is basically reduced in half.
Why should I cure concrete?
It is important to cure concrete to retain as much moisture as possible in the concrete for the first three to seven days of its life. Curing also helps to maintain concrete temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees, which is helpful in the concrete gaining maximum strength. Curing is usually done by applying a coat of liquid curing compound to the concrete as soon as it is hard enough to walk on without making marks on the surface.