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The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has presented Robinson Concrete & Vitale Ready-Mix Concrete with several awards for it's 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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Concrete FAQ's

Vitale Robinson Mixers | Concrete Syracuse

Is concrete a viable alternative in the Northeast with our hard winters?

Although our winters are tough on all surfaces, concrete is an excellent alternative to the traditional blacktop driveway. It also has the distinct benefit of far more flexibility in terms of colors or patterns. It does require some special care and treatment however which has a significant impact on the longevity of the surface life. We carry Xypex products in an effort to make sure that we provide you with the total solution.


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.”


What is the Pitting of my Concrete caused by?

This "Scaling" or pitting as you refer to it is in many cases being caused by the decision of the city, county and in some cases the state, to change the type of salt that they use to try and make our roads more passable in the winter months. Although they do the best they can in general, often there is not enough testing done on the various structures in the area before decisions are made. The properties of the current salt are such that as we warm a bit, they are able to eat into the surface of the concrete and create a very unappealing surface condition.

 

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?

At least a 4000 PSI mix for all exterior concrete.

 

Why does concrete crack?

The wet concrete will have a loss of volume as the concrete "sets" and continues to harden. This loss of volume occurs as shrinkage. That sets up tensile stresses causing cracks in concrete. Concrete cracking can be controlled but almost never eliminated.

 

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.

 

How long should I stay off my new concrete?

A properly cured 4000 PSI mix should generate enough strength to drive on in seven days.

 

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 keep 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, cracking may never take place.

 

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. A 4000 PSI mix becomes a 2000 PSI mix at the surface with no curing.

 

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.

 

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