Concrete Delivery Cost

Concrete Delivery Cost

Last Updated on September 21, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Concrete is typically delivered in truckloads, and the price per cubic yard ranges from $120 to at least $200. Customers are charged a standard delivery charge of between 60$-200$. The average cost for concrete will start at around $1,200 and will increase from there.

No one likes to deal with the mess of concrete. That’s why it pays to consider buying liquid cement instead, as this type will be delivered in a truck and you’ll have all that messy mixing done for you. This article breaks down how much various types of deliveries will cost so you are prepared before ordering.

How Can You Calculate a Concrete Delivery?

How much concrete do you need for a project? We have the answer. To determine how many cubic yards of concrete you’ll need, start by multiplying your square footage (length x width) to get a rough estimate. Once that figure is determined, multiply it by the depth or thickness required and then divide it by 27 (because there are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard) in order to come up with an accurate measurement of the amount of material that will be necessary.

You might also like our articles about the cost of crushed concrete, concrete driveways, and the price of trenches per foot.

Let’s say you’re working on a project that will require concrete to fill an area that is 10x10x2.5 feet. The easiest way to figure out how much concrete is needed would be by using this handy formula:

  • 10 feet x 10 feet x 2.5 feet= 250 cubic feet
  • 250 cubic feet/27 = 9.25 cubic yards

Average Concrete Delivery Prices By Location

City or State Zip Code Average Price Paid
Massachusetts Statewide $3,800
California Statewide $2,800
Los Angeles, CA 90004 $3,200
New York City 10003 $3,500
Philadelphia, PA 19020 $4,600
Chicago, IL 60630 $3,200
Houston, TX 77085 $7,200

Concrete delivery cost

You can expect to pay roughly $120-200 per cubic yard for concrete delivery. This cost will vary based on how much you need to be delivered, so make sure you know your specific project’s requirements beforehand. For 5.5 yards of concrete, that would work out to something between $660 and $1,100, and a truckload should be 10 yards and run an approximate price range from $1,500 – $1,800 nationwide. According to online data gathered from customers nationwide, people spend on average up to $6,700 for concrete delivery alone.

Considerations Regarding Concrete Pouring

Ordering concrete is an important step in completing any project. It’s a good idea to request more than you actually need because if it comes up short, ordering another truckload will add significantly to the overall price. To avoid wasting leftover material, plan for what your excess may be used for; things like walkways or sidewalks are often great ideas and can save money later on as well. When placing an order with premixed concrete suppliers, they will usually only include delivery and pouring of the material into the fee – so don’t assume that drivers will help out once they arrive at their destination.

Depending on the size of your project, you’ll want to have a helper (or two or three) on hand. The concrete chute is great for when it comes time to unload the cement at the job site. Some jobs often require additional equipment like an extra pump truck and this will incur some chargers as well so make sure that everything gets paid up and agreed upon before starting any work.

Site Preparing for Concrete Delivery

Every job, no matter how big or small requires ample preparation. This means having the right supplies and understanding what you’re doing before it begins – concrete projects are an exception to this rule! The moment that you mix your starting material together for a concrete project is also when the clock starts ticking: It is essential that you prepare the site before receiving your concrete delivery.

Create a Solid Base for Concrete

When you pour a concrete slab for your enclosure or driveway, the depth of that base is essential. Base requirements depend on soil conditions and climate in your area but experts recommend 4″ to 6″. But there are other factors as well – including why you’re pouring it. If this will be where heavy vehicles drive, then 12″ may need to go into that bottom layer so the slab won’t crack with use.

Ideal Soil and Moisture Conditions

To ensure that your base is strong and stable, you need to perform a variety of tasks. You’ll want the right density level in soil; if it’s too dry or wet, compaction may not be possible at all. A simple way to test moisture levels is by squeezing a handful of concrete: If it holds together when you compress it between your fingers without crumbling into dust then this means there are enough water molecules present for good compression.

Proper Soil Compaction

Concrete DeliveryAfter moisture, nothing is more important than compaction. Not only can the process create better drainage and a stronger foundation for your concrete slab, but it also helps to ensure that once you pour in all of those pounds of wet cement there will be no bubbles or air pockets messing up what could otherwise have been an immaculate finish! here are many types of compactors, categorized by their movements to compact soil. Some methods include impact and kneading while others use vibrations or pneumatic tire rollers on clay-type soils or vibratory drum roller units which work well with more coarse granular type soils such as sandy clays.

Manufacturers rate vibratory compactors on two metrics: amplitude and frequency. The first metric, “amplitude,” measures the force applied to a surface by a vibration; while frequency refers to how many vibrations per minute will take place. The amount of lift you can or should use varies according to what type of material you are working with- clay soils require a lower level than sandy types for example (8″ for clay versus 12″ sand).

The Concrete Form or Framework

Now that your subgrade is prepared, you can set the forms. Connect them to stakes for easier elimination after the concrete finishes are cured.

Before putting the last lift on your base, set the forms to the right height. To do so, set up 2 screws at the ends of your boards and extend a string in between them. The string functions as a guide in 2 important ways: to get the correct base height and keep your form boards straight.

Set your forms to the appropriate grade for drain, which is a minimum of 1/8″ for each foot of concrete. You should try to follow the natural grade of the property.

When Everything is Set

A successful pour starts with careful planning and preparation. If you’re delivering your own mix, be sure to double-check the weather conditions before scheduling delivery (too hot or too wet of weather can cause problems). Be ready by assembling all of your supplies and making sure that everything is straight, level, well braced—and have a couple of willing helpers on hand.

Doing this work doesn’t require superhuman strength; it just takes time management skills.

Alec Pow
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