If you’re building a fence and ready to set the fence posts in the ground, you’ll be faced with the decision of what type of concrete to use for filling. Many people attempt to mix the concrete themselves, and while this is certainly possible, you’ll find yourself using more materials and spending lots of time in preparation if you aren’t an expert at mixing concrete. If you’re a beginner to home construction, or just looking to streamline the process, pre-mix concrete can be a smart choice. Because pre-mix (sometimes called ready mix) concrete is made ahead of time by professionals, it offers many advantages and works beautifully for building fences. Here are some of the biggest advantages of using pre-mix concrete:
QUALITY IS ASSURED
Pre-mix concrete is made in a facility by experts under controlled conditions, so you can be sure that it’ll be in perfect condition and work as it should. This can be a lifesaver when building fences, as improperly mixed concrete could lead to damage to your fence in the future–or it might simply fall down within a few weeks of building it! With ready-mix concrete, you get the peace of mind knowing that the concrete was made with quality raw materials and mixed to perfection.
CONSTRUCTION WILL BE FASTER
No matter how adept you are at mixing concrete, mixing by hand is going to take time. If you’re in a rush or just want the fence to be finished as quickly as possible, opting for pre-mix concrete can significantly reduce the time of construction.
YOU’LL USE LESS CONCRETE
Because pre-mix concrete is crafted with expert handling and mixing, you’ll end up going through less of it than you would with hand-mixed concrete. In fact, using ready mix concrete can reduce the total amount of concrete you use by 10 to 12 percent. (Ready Mix Concrete)
INCREASED SERVICE LIFE
If you make minor errors when mixing concrete on your own, you may still end up with a usable mixture, but its lifespan will likely be reduced. Pre-mix concrete will end up having a longer service life, as the controlled environment and expert mixing will likely lend the concrete a more durable structure. This is a lifesaver for fences, as concrete with a lower shelf life means that the fence is likely to fall down sooner rather than later.
NO WOOD DAMAGE
When fence posts that were properly placed and free of pest infestations still fail, it’s usually because moisture seeped into the wood and rotted it over time. If you mix the concrete yourself and use too much water, there is far more likely to be seepage that damages the fence posts, but if you use pre-mix concrete, you won’t need to worry about excessive liquid. If you live in an area that sees frequent rain, such as many areas of Tennessee and the surrounding states do in winter, you may also want to add a layer of pea gravel or crushed stone to the bottom of each post hole, as this can help rainwater flow more easily through the soil so that moisture doesn’t remain for too long. (Setting Fence Posts)