Calculating The Right Amount Of Concrete For Home Improvement Projects

Home Improvement: The Formula To Calculate The Right Amount Of Concrete

Like any other home improvement project, when you’re ready to pour a concrete slab or foundation, you have to do some planning and calculations to order the right amount of concrete. If you order too much, you’ll be wasting money. But if you don’t get enough, your project will come to a standstill. So how do you determine how much concrete you need? 

Concrete is one of the most commonly used building materials in the world. It’s durable, versatile, and relatively inexpensive compared to other options. In this blog, we’ll help you calculate the amount of concrete you’ll need for any project that you have in mind.

How Much Concrete Is Needed For My Home Improvement Project?

1) Measure the area: You need to know the area’s dimensions where you’ll be pouring concrete. To find the square footage, multiply the length times the width. For example, if your area is 10 feet long and 10 feet wide, you have 100 square feet.

2) Determine the depth: The next thing you need to do is determine how deep you need the concrete to be. The standard thickness of a concrete slab is 4 inches. But in some cases, you may need it to be 6 or 8 inches deep.

3) Calculate the cubic yards: Once you know your construction project’s square footage and depth, you can calculate the cubic yards of concrete you’ll need. You need to multiply the square footage by the depth to do that. So, if your project is 100 square feet and 4 inches deep, you would need 25 cubic yards of concrete. (100 x 0.33 = 25)

4) Determine how much concrete you’ll need: Now that you know the cubic yards of concrete required, you can determine how many bags of concrete mix or how many ready-mix trucks you’ll need. 

Concrete Calculation Example:

For example, let’s say you need to pour a 4-inch concrete slab that’s 20 feet long and 10 feet wide. The slab area would be 200 square feet (20 x 10). To calculate the cubic yards of concrete needed, multiply the length by the width by the depth, which would be 4 inches (0.33). This comes to a little over 13 cubic yards (200 x 0.33 = 66). 

You need to know how much concrete is in a cubic yard. A cubic yard of concrete weighs about 4,000 pounds (1,814 kilograms). There are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard (3 x 3 x 3 = 27). So, a cubic yard of concrete equals approximately 36 bags of 50-pound concrete mix.

Buy Ready-Mix Concrete At Fix & Feed!

If you don’t want to deal with the mess and hassle of mixing your concrete, you can also order ready-mix concrete from Fix & Feed. We offer you an 8lbs bag of Sakrete: High Strength Concrete at each of our hardware stores for only $5.09. 

Before starting your next construction project, purchase ready-mix concrete at Fix & Feed! All 4 of our hardware stores are packed with top-quality brands and knowledgeable staff.