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Bank Holiday Free Concrete or Aggregates Delivery

Free bank holiday weekend delivery is limited to the first 20 orders taken. To qualify for free bank holiday weekend delivery you must contact the main office via telephone and quote the relevant displayed voucher code – NS BHD 08 Orders must be received before 5pm Friday 23rd August Free bank holiday weekend delivery radius is limited to 10 miles from Neil Sullivan and Sons Ltd main depot. Concrete has a multitude of uses – from creating decorative landscaping features to walls and reinforced flooring – there’s nothing concrete can’t do. If you have a project you’re looking to complete, call…

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What is the Difference Between Concrete & Screed?

The primary difference between concrete and screed is that concrete is used for numerous high-strength applications, while screed is more commonly used as a top-level finish for flooring. Both are useful and popular materials for the construction industry, so let’s take a deeper look at the key differences between them.   What are they?  Simply put, concrete is a strong, durable material used in the construction and engineering industries to create walls, floors and other structures. It is created through bonding together cement, water and coarse aggregates, which together form a high-strength substance with multiple applications.  Screed is a mortar substance made…

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How to Build a Concrete Driveway

As a material, concrete is strong, long-lasting and affordable. All of these traits make it ideal for use in driveways. In this article, we’ll cover all the ins and outs of building a concrete driveway, mistakes you should avoid, and also the pros and cons of choosing a concrete driveway. What concrete should I use for a concrete driveway? Naturally, driveways will experience plenty of vehicle traffic on a daily basis. Not all concrete is the same, so discuss your plans with your chosen concrete supplier and they should be able to advise on a domestic concrete mix that is both…

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How Do Weather Conditions Affect Concrete?

The beauty of concrete is that it can be poured in all weathers, though it’s worth being mindful of the effects that certain weathers can have on the concrete’s quality, its pouring ability, and its curing time. In this handy guide, we explore three common weather conditions, how you can expect them to impact concrete activities, and how you can address any issues that arise. Concrete in Cold Weather Pouring concrete in cold weather requires care and attention to avoid the final product being unusable. Low temperatures can affect the speed of chemical reactions that occur in the curing process, and…

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Benefits and Uses of Interlocking Concrete Blocks

Slotting easily together without the need for mortar, interlocking concrete blocks are a straightforward, durable option ideal for temporary builds where time is of the essence and big costs need to be avoided. In this handy guide, we’ll explore what interlocking concrete blocks are, what they’re used for, and their benefits. What are interlocking concrete blocks? Interlocking concrete blocks are pre-cast with projections and depressions that allow them to fit neatly into the concrete block directly above, forming an interlocking design. This allows for easy, convenient alignment both horizontally and vertically, and they can be laid dry, without the need for…

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Concrete Staining: A Fully Comprehensive Guide

Concrete staining is a type of flooring, which adds character to any area its implemented in, as it can completely transform the look of a dull, concrete floor. A concrete stain adds colour to the floor, as well as producing a beautiful opaque effect. When treating concrete floors and walls with the same method, it’s important to keep in mind that the result will differ slightly from area to area, due to a combination of factors such as: Composition of concrete Age of concrete Surface porosity Texture of concrete Environmental conditions Its distinctive look is often described as ‘vintage’ or ‘unique’…

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How To Build A Concrete Base For Dog Kennels & Runs

We want our pets to be safe, happy and comfortable. Constructing a kennel, dog run or dog bowl using concrete may, therefore, seem like an unusual choice. But this material has lots of benefits to improve the welfare of your dog and the usability of these spaces, namely concrete’s durability, stability and cleanliness. In this article, we outline how you can easily build a concrete dog kennel base, run and bowl for your pooch. What concrete to use for a dog kennel Concrete is one of the few materials a dog won’t be able to chew or dig through, and that’s…

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How To Choose The Right Shed Base

If you’ve decided to build a shed on your property, you’ll likely have a firm idea of what you want to use it for: an office space, storage for tools and equipment, perhaps a workshop. However, one important aspect of a shed that might be overlooked or underappreciated by those without specialist knowledge is the base. In this piece, the team at Neil Sullivan & Sons are going to provide all you need to know about choosing the right shed base. Concrete base For larger garden sheds, a concrete base is highly recommended, thanks to its stronger base. However, like all…

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How To Cure Concrete

Concrete is a strong, sturdy and reliable material, but in order for it to achieve said strength and reliability, the process of curing must be respected. For those undertaking their first concrete project, curing might be somewhat confusing, which is why the team at Neil Sullivan & Sons have created this guide. What is concrete curing? The curing of concrete is a process in where the rate of moisture loss from concrete is controlled and managed. Concrete curing often takes place after it has been poured into place, but it can happen during the manufacture of certain products in some circumstances….

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How To Build A Concrete Shed Base

Laying a base for your new shed isn’t the most complicated of tasks, but care needs to be taken during the process in order to maintain the long term stability, safety and reliability of the project. In this piece, the team at Neil Sullivan & Sons are going to run through the steps of laying a concrete shed base. Location is key The ground where you’ll be laying the base for your shed is very important. Think about accessing your shed, and what you’ll be using it for. If you’ll be using it for storing bulky items like bikes, for example,…

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