Concrete is a popular material that has the versatility to be used for a wide range of purposes. Whether it’s constructing commercial buildings, or laying a simple pathway, the fact is that concrete is the trustworthy material behind many endeavours.
But, what are the different types of commercial concrete on offer? In this article, we’ll be exploring the available types, along with their strengths and applications, to help you decide which sort is ideal for your upcoming project.
Mainly used in general housing applications.
Designation: GEN 0
Strength: 6/8 newtons after 28 days
- Domestic foundations
- Edgings, kerb bedding, haunching, backing
Flexible mixture that can be used in both domestic and commercial industries, but mainly for non-structural uses.
Designation: GEN 1
Strength: 10 newtons after 28 days
- Strip footings
- Garden walls
- Trench fill and pad foundations
- Drainage works
- Oversite below suspended slabs
- Binding house floors
Used for domestic (DIY) and commercial projects.
Designation: GEN 2
Strength: 15 newtons after 28 days
- Floors, especially on occasions when no permanent finish will be added e.g tiles or carpet
- House/garage floors that have no embedded metal
- Paving for steps and pathways
Mainly used in the domestic market, but also in the commercial.
Designations: GEN 3, RC
Strength: 20 newtons after 28 days
- Lightweight domestic applications and foundations
- Driveways, garage, shed bases
- Internal floor slabs that have no embedded metal
C25 (11_1/ST 2)
Useful for a range of domestic and commercial projects.
Designations: FND, RC
Strength: 25 newtons after 28 days
- Footings for unstable/soft ground
- Mass concrete fill, reinforced fill and trench fill
C30 (9_1/ST 3)
PAV 1 designated concrete are air-entrained concrete mixes. The air-entrainment process purposefully forms tiny air bubbles within the concrete, which boosts both its durability and its ability to withstand freeze-thaw cycles. The presence of bubbles also increases the workability of the concrete whilst in a plastic state.
Designations: PAV 1, RC, FND
Strength: 30 newtons after 28 days
Suitable for use in many industries, including domestic, agricultural, and commercial.
- Domestic driveways & parking
- External parking
- Access routes for heavy vehicles
- Reinforced foundations
C35 (7_1/ST 4)
Strong, heavy-duty concrete that is suitable for numerous applications, including agricultural, domestic, commercial and industrial.
Designations: PAV 2, RC
Strength: 35 newtons after 28 days
- Heavy-duty external paving and slabbing
- Reinforced bases for commercial and agricultural buildings
- Can withstand rubber-tyred vehicles, loading and scraping
- House/garage floors contained embedded metal
C40 (5_1/ST 5)
High-strength, high-performing concrete ideal for many industries, including industrial, agricultural and civil.
Strength: 40 newtons after 28 days
- Manholes, lamp-posts, road signs
- Structural beams and foundations
- Slurry and silage pits for farms
- Chemically-harsh environments
Description of concrete designations used in this document:
|GEN:||General civil engineering applications|
|FND:||Foundations including reinforced foundations|
|PAV:||Driveways and Paving|
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