Placing concrete can be challenging if you are not fully prepared for the task at hand. Even if you are, it has potential to be quite difficult and you must have a plan of action fully laid out before you begin. We are pleased to provide resources so that you feel confident in your concrete project, whether you’re a rookie homeowner or an experienced contractor.
- Please contact us for professional recommendations.
- If you are interested in doing it yourself, please read our DIY guide.
This do-it-yourself guide is intended to thoroughly prepare you for the work ahead. It will take you through every step of your concrete project, from choosing the concrete and admixtures to finishing it. We recommend that you print it out, read it over a few times and keep it handy while you work.
Current Fuel Surcharge
Effective May 1st, 2017: $0.00/load
A fuel surcharge for concrete delivery will be assessed on a “per load” basis, using the Department of Energy Price Index for the Midwest. Please note that this surcharge has the potential to change on a monthly basis, so be sure to check back on the first to find accurate pricing.
|Historical Fuel Surcharges||Surcharge per load|
|May 1st, 2017||$0.00|
|April 1st, 2017||$0.00|
|Mar. 1st, 2017||$0.00|
|Feb. 1st, 2017||$0.00|
|Jan. 1st, 2017||$0.00|
|Dec. 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|Nov. 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|Oct. 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|Sept. 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|Aug. 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|July 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|June 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|May 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|April 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|Mar. 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|Feb. 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|Jan. 1st, 2016||$0.00|
|Dec. 1st, 2015||$0.00|
|Nov. 1st, 2015||$0.00|
|Oct. 1st, 1015||$0.00|
|Sept. 1st, 2015||$0.00|
|Aug. 1st, 2015||$0.00|
|July 1st, 2015||$0.00|
|June 1st, 2015||$0.00|
|May 1st, 2015||$0.00|
|April 1st, 2015||$0.00|
|Mar. 1st, 2015||$0.00|
|Feb. 1st, 2015||$0.00|
|Jan. 1st, 2015||$2.30|
|Dec. 1st, 2014||$6.15|
|Nov. 1st, 2014||$5.40|
|Oct. 1st, 2014||$5.40|
|Sept. 1st, 2014||$6.15|
|Aug 1st, 2014||$6.95|
|July 1st, 2014||$6.95|
|June 1st, 2014||$6.95|
|May 1st, 2014||$7.70|
|April 1st, 2014||$7.70|
|Mar. 1st, 2014||$8.50|
|Feb 1st, 2014||$6.95|
|Jan 1st, 2014||$6.95|
|Dec 1st, 2013||$6.95|
|Nov 1st, 2013||$6.95|
|Oct 1st, 2013||$6.95|
|Sept 1st, 2013||$6.95|
|Aug 1st, 2013||$6.95|
We are also pleased to offer a printable version of this chart:Print Current Fuel Surcharges
Our concrete trucks are quite large and extremely heavy. Take a look at the size specifications for our vehicles so you can be sure your street is sturdy and free from anything that may get in the way of the concrete truck.
** 1 yard of concrete weighs 4,000 lbs. **
Empty truck weighs 32,000 – 34,000 lbs.
|Height||12′ 4″ max.|
GRM will always ask for 13′ of clearance for our trucks
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) has generously provided these Concrete in Practice informational guides. They go indepth into a variety of issues or questions contractors may encounter when placing concrete.
- 01. Dusting Concrete Surfaces
Concrete dusting is the production of loose powder on your project. Avoid or fix the dreaded dusting of concrete by following these simple rules.Download
- 02. Scaling Concrete Surfaces
Protect your concrete from unsightly scaling. Read over these guidelines before you begin your project.Download
- 03. Crazing Concrete Surfaces
Concrete crazing can drive you crazy. Don’t let your hard work be ruined by cracks.Download
- 04. Cracking Concrete Surfaces
Be sure you know the cause of your cracking concrete. Read this for more information about different types of cracks and useful tips on how to avoid them.Download
- 05. Plastic Shrinkage Cracking
Plastic shrinkage cracking occurs while the fresh concrete is still drying. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize it.Download
- 06. Joints in Concrete Slabs on Grade
Cracks in your concrete are inevitable. Putting joints in your project is a way of controlling where they go.Download
- 07. Cracks in Concrete Basement Walls
Nobody wants a basement that lets in water, air or creepy-crawlies. Take these precautions to ensure that your basement stays in top form.Download
- 08. Discrepancies in Yield
It’s easy to over- or underestimate the amount of concrete you need for a project. This guide will help you avoid some of the pitfalls of ordering concrete.Download
- 09. Low Concrete Cylinder Strength
High cylinder strength is essential to a successful project. Make sure you aren’t using weak concrete by following these steps.Download
- 10. Strength of In-Place Concrete
In certain situations, you must be able to test the strength of concrete that is already in place. This guide will explain why and how to complete this.Download
- 11. Curing In-Place Concrete
In order to maximize the strength and durability of your concrete, you must cure it. This reading offers tips and tricks on how to do so.Download
- 12. Hot Weather Concreting
The outside temperature can vastly affect the strength, durability and appearance of your finished concrete. Read on for more information on how hot weather can damage your project.Download
- 13. Concrete Blisters
Ugly concrete blisters often form when you move on to the next step before your project is ready. This link provides a list of instances when blisters occur most, as well as how to prevent them.Download
- 14. Finishing Concrete Flatwork
Finishing concrete ensures beauty and functionality. Read more to learn about different surfaces and how to finish them.Download
- 15. Chemical Admixtures for Concrete
Chemical admixtures can enhance your experience by making your job easier. Whether they are allowing you more time to place the concrete or speeding up the drying process, there is a lot to learn about admixtures.Download
- 16. Flexural Strength of Concrete
The flexural strength tells us how well your concrete resists bending. For technical information on flexural strength of concrete, click here.Download
- 17. Flowable Fill Materials
Flowable fill materials are exactly as they sound, fluid and used to fill a variety of spaces. Read on to see if this cost-effective material is a good solution for your project.Download
- 18. Radon Resistant Buildings
Keep your family or employees healthy by ensuring you’re building a radon-resistant building. For more information about this radioactive gas in your soil, click here.Download
- 19. Curling of Concrete Slabs
Don’t let the edges of your concrete curl up. This guide will help you understand the effects of temperature and moisture on concrete curling.Download
- 20. Delamination of Troweled Concrete Surfaces
Attempting to finish your concrete too soon, among other factors, can cause delamination. Learn more about this blister-like complication here.Download
- 21. Loss of Air Content in Pumped Concrete
Keep your concrete’s air content as consistent as possible. This guide will explain how air loss can occur when pumping concrete.Download
- 22. Grout
Grout is used to fill spaces in your project. Learn how to specify and test grout by clicking here.Download
- 23. Discoloration
Concrete discoloration is usually the result of a number of factors. Learn about those, as well as how to treat it, within this guide.Download
- 24. Synthetic Fibers for Concrete
Adding synthetic fibers to concrete offers a slew of benefits, including added internal support and greater resistance to cracking. Read more about synthetic fibers here.Download
- 25. Corrosion of Steel in Concrete
Corrosion of steel in concrete can damage the integrity of your project, leaving it weak and delaminated. Learn about its causes and prevention here.Download
- 26. Jobsite Addition of Water
If additional water is needed to increase the slump of your concrete, this can be done on the jobsite. Please read this guide to be sure you are aware of the risks sometimes associated with doing this.Download
- 27. Cold Weather Concreting
While freezing temperatures can really hurt your plastic concrete, there are benefits to laying it in cooler weather. Read on for more details.Download
- 28. Concrete Slab Moisture
Moisture on the surface of your concrete slab can cause trouble covering the concrete with carpet and the like. Find out where your slab moisture might be coming from and how to avoid it.Download
- 29. Vapor Retarders Under Slabs on Grade
If moisture is able to pass through your concrete slab, it can cause problems such as odors and discoloration of the materials laid above it, like tile or carpet. Experts use vapor retarders to avoid this problem.Download
- 30. Supplementary Cementitious Materials
Materials can be added to your concrete to make them more durable, strong and easy to work with. They’re called supplementary cementitious materials and you can learn more about different types and uses by clicking here.Download
- 31. Ordering Ready Mixed Concrete
When you’ve planned out your project and are ready to order your ready mixed concrete, check out these guidelines and suggestions.Download
- 32. Concrete Pre-Construction Conference
Holding a meeting before the pour is especially important for contractors and their teams. Read on for subjects we suggest you cover at your pre-construction conference.Download
- 33. High Strength Concrete
High strength concrete is used for specific projects, such as building high-rises, that have certain needs. For more examples of projects as well as how to design a high-strength mixture, read this guide.Download
- 34. Making Concrete Cylinders in the Field
To test the strength of your concrete, you must make a concrete cylinder from the same pour that you are using for your project. Read this guide for instructions on how to make one.Download
- 35. Testing Compressive Strength of Concrete
In order to be certain that your concrete meets the requirements of your project, it’s important to test its compressive strength. This guide will show you how.Download
- 36. Structural Lightweight Concrete
Structural lightweight concrete is used primarily to decrease the dead load of your project, so that the size of certain elements can be reduced. For additional specifications, read on.Download
- 37. Self Consolidating Concrete (SCC)
For a concrete that can spread into place on its own and doesn’t segregate, look into using self consolidating concrete, or SCC. Read this guide for more of its properties and situations where its use is appropriate.Download
- 38. Pervious Concrete
Pervious concrete is a special kind that lets water and air pass through and into the ground, making it more sustainable and better for the environment. For more information on this unique concrete and to see if it would be a good choice for your project, read on.Download
- 39. Maturity Methods to Estimate Concrete Strength
Using maturity methods to estimate the strength of your concrete is a more reliable method than using concrete cylinders. This document explains their function and benefits.Download
- 40. Aggregate Popouts
Learn the causes of unappealing aggregate popouts in your concrete, as well as how to prevent or repair them, with this guide.Download
- 41. Acceptance Testing of Concrete
To be certain that the concrete is up to the standards of the buyer, acceptance testing must be performed. Read more about why and how.Download
Geiger Ready-Mix is proud to provide you with this concrete calculator, so you can be sure you order the correct amount of concrete every time.
Geiger Ready-Mix wants you to love everything about your project, so we are proud to offer decorative concrete in a variety of colors. Take a look at our offerings below.
If you’re also interested in stamps or other decorative tools, Contact Us. We’ll provide you with information about our preferred contractors, people we trust to deliver the high level of service and quality we expect from ourselves.
How to Increase the Durability of Your New Driveway
An Owner’s Guide to Care and Maintenance of Exterior Concrete.
The Kansas City area is considered to be one of the toughest freeze-thaw areas in the country. Sealing your concrete driveway is one of the methods used to combat the effects of the multiple freeze-thaw cycles. By properly sealing the surface of the concrete driveway you help stop the penetration of water into (or just under) the surface of the concrete. Water penetrating the surface and freezing is one of the causes of scaling and popouts, especially in concrete less than two years old. Sealing is the last step in ensuring a good-looking durable driveway that will last for years.
Your concrete driveway will provide many years of service with very little care if you take the following precautions.
- After your driveway is poured it should be sealed before the first two winter seasons and then every third year. (Contact your builder, your finisher or your ready-mix supplier for recommendations of a good quality sealer.)
- Do not use de-icers of any kind during the first two winters. Sand can be used for traction.
- Do not allow snow or ice to accumulate on the driveway during the first two winters. Keep it cleaned off.
- Keep fertilizer washed off the driveway, as it will chemically attack the cement paste ultimately destroying the driveway.
- Apply a quality sealer to the driveway in the fall of each year for the first two years then every third year after that. Sealers should be applied to dry concrete preferably when the air temperature is above 70o F.
- The surface of the driveway must be cleaned and dry prior to sealing.
- Contact your builder or ready-mix supplier for additional information and for recommendation of a good quality sealer.
Geiger Ready-Mix Recommendations:
- Clean the surface (either a good sweeping, a leaf blower or by power washing).
- Allow adequate time to dry thoroughly.
- Apply sealer -We strongly recommend using TK-290 Tri Siloxane Sealer manufactured by TK Products, or Price Salt Sentry manufactured by Price Research, LTD.
A 5 gallon can of either brand of sealer will cover approximately 750 square feet. The sealer can be applied with a paint roller or by using a garden type sprayer.
We recommend that you seal your exterior concrete before the first two winters and then every 3rd year to increase the durability of your driveways, sidewalks and patios.
Concrete that is maintained properly, unlike most building materials, will gain strength and durability with age. The two most common problems associated with concrete driveways and sidewalks are scaling and shale popouts. Both can be minimized if you follow the suggestions listed above.
With proper care your driveway will provide you with many years of service.
We’re here to help. If you have additional questions, please send us a message on our contact form.