ABFAB Concrete Limited has been manufacturing and delivering concrete in the Bristol area since 1990. We schedule all our work and therefore can agree a precise delivery time, thereby avoiding unnecessary frustration and costs. We operate between Monday and Friday.
ABFAB take pride in working with our customers to make sure that the delivery is as easy as possible for all concerned. You will not get a better service from any other concrete company in the Bristol area - remember you only get one chance to get concrete right and our aim is to help you achieve this first time.
Please take the time to read our Conditions of Delivery thank you.
If you have never used concrete before don't take the chance on another company, there are too many hidden issues for you to know about until it's too late.
In order to avoid delays and make life easier, please ensure that the following guidelines are adhered to:
Ensure that you have all the tools required. ie: rakes, shovels, spirit level, steel float, tamping bar and wheelbarrow ( ABFAB carry two barrows)
We deliver in the ORANGE SHADED area of the map below.
Most companies will only answer your questions and will not offer the full information that you need to evaluate the different prices which you have obtained. Always remember that the price of a concrete delivery may comprise of a number of factors. We have constructed a list of the differences that you can expect to get between different concrete companies.
Essentially the main reasons for different pricing structures is that a 'Ready Mixed Concrete' company business model is based on the premise that they sell large volumes of product with a very basic delivery service included and will increase or decrease the price according to how busy they are on any given day.This model is ideal where a customer requires full truck loads, where there are no delivery complications and 20 minutes is an adequate time allowance.
The ABFAB Concrete business model is designed to suit small sites where access is a problem, where barrows are required and where under or over ordering will cause a problem. This model is "user friendly" eliminates the main worries and ensures that you "pay for what you need", have all the time required to do the job properly and have an expert on hand to ensure you " get it right".
ABFAB trucks carry dry materials ie: Sand, Stone, & Cement. The specification & slump are set on site, and can be changed to suit different applications as required on site at the time.Delivery: "On Time", "Scheduled" & "Agreed"
Ready Mixed Concrete trucks carry: Concrete already mixed. The specification & slump are already determined at the batching plant. This cannot be changed on site.Delivery: At "Suppliers Convenience"
Q: Can I get a set delivery time?
A: Yes. Our deliveries are all scheduled. On placing an order we will agree with you a time slot that suits your requirement.
Q: How do I calculate the quantity I require?
A: You can either use our online calculator or call us with your measurements. We will calculate your volume requirements & advise you on your project.
Q: How do I pay?
A: Payments are collected after offload. Methods can be by credit / debit card cheque or cash.
Q: What would happen if I have ordered too much concrete?
A: No problem. Because we mix on site, we can stop mixing when the job is complete and then only charge for what you have had.
Q: What would happen if I have not ordered enough concrete?
A: We normally carry a small amount extra to enable the job to be completed and then you pay for the concrete that you have had.
Q: How much time do I get to offload the concrete?
A: Barrow jobs charge; we give you up to 30 minutes per cubic metre, which is normally enough time to complete the average job.
B: On a straight pour job, we allow 1 hour to offload the concrete.
Q: What is the maximum working time for the concrete?
A: Normally up to 2 hours depending on ambient temperature. Because we mix on site you get the maximum working time possible.
Q: What equipment do you supply?
A: The trucks carry up to 6.5 metre long chutes and 2 wheelbarrows for your use.
Q: Do you supply small loads?
A: Because we mix on site we are able to mix any quantity you require, however on small loads we have a minium charge of 1 cubic metre.
Q: Does the driver help with the job?
A: The driver's responsibilities are to operate the mixer and offload the concrete into wheelbarrows or down the chute. Will provide advice and practical help to make your job easier.
Q: How many wheelbarrows full of concrete are there in 1m³
A: Depending on the size of the wheelbarrow, there would normally be about 20 barrows full in 1 cubic metre.
Q: How easy is it to move 1m³ of concrete?
A: A cubic metre of concrete weighs up to 2.3 tonnes. If you use wheelbarrows, each full barrow can weigh up to 110kgs. You need to be reasonably fit to move this any distance.
Q: How much concrete does the truck carry?
A: The trucks carry up to 6m³ or 7.5m³, depending on which truck is booked to do the delivery
Q: Can the truck get into awkward places?
A: The drivers are experienced in working in awkward places. e.g. down lanes, narrow gates, tight turns etc. It is the customers responsibility to accurately describe the access conditions, so that ABFAB can make accurate assessment of the site access.
If in doubt give us a call
Q: Can the truck go off road?
A: This will be at the drivers discretion at the time of delivery? The main consideration is the vehicle weight and the stability of the ground. During very wet weather the vehicle cannot go onto grass. There also may be problems with bottoming out if there is a steep access from the road. The truck will come off highway if the customer agrees with the ABFAB conditions of delivery.
Q: Can I get concrete for 2 separate jobs at the same time?
A: Because we mix on site we can mix multiple mix designs from the same truck. e.g. we can mix concrete for a foundation then adjust the specification settings and mix concrete for say a driveway, from the same truck.
Q: Can I get concrete suitable for a smooth finish?
A: We mix on site and can adjust the specification to suit your requirement.