Precast concrete and ready-mixed concrete - what about costs and prices?


The self-mixing of concrete takes place today only in the rarest cases. Prefabricated concrete is practically priced for nearly the same price, and offers consistent quality guaranteed by the manufacturer. But what about the price differences for ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete? What is cheaper? Read more here.

price comparisons

Price comparisons for ready mixed concrete are always problematic. On the one hand, there are often significant regional differences in the cost of starting materials. This forces concrete manufacturers to calculate their prices differently.

On the other hand, competition in individual areas also affects the pricing of concrete manufacturers. And last but not least, of course, the delivery route determines the total price. In rare cases, accessibility of the place of delivery and certain local conditions may also affect the price. The main price factors are:

  • delivery route
  • regional costs for the raw materials, possibly sources of supply from the manufacturer
  • Strength of competition with competitors in the region

It's different with ready-mixed concrete. The same brand costs almost the same at all places in Germany, large price differences with individual providers are rather rare. Depending on the purchase quantity, however, it may be possible to award some staggering bulk prices to individual building material suppliers, which may well enable a considerable reduction in the overall price.

The price differences between individual brands are quite given. In terms of quality, you do not always have to resort to premium brands. The quality of the concrete is guaranteed by each manufacturer with proper mixing. Only the additives can differ from product to product. Sometimes concrete from premium manufacturers is a trifle easier to process or has some additional favorable properties. However, this does not affect the quality of the concrete component.

Ready-mixed concrete versus ready-mixed concrete

Delivering concrete in large quantities can sometimes be less expensive than making it from precast concrete itself. However, this always depends on the particular type of concrete and the prices for the respective precast concrete.

Deliveries are generally worthwhile only for larger quantities. As a rule, these quantities should also be able to be processed relatively quickly. Although some additives of the concrete manufacturer provide for a slightly longer processability of the concrete, but this does not last indefinitely and is also associated with additional costs.

Wherever possible to work in one piece, such as when casting a bottom plate, the delivery is useful anyway, because in this case should be possible without interruption. Also, on other occasions where uninterrupted work is required, delivery is more worthwhile. An example of this is the installation of underwater concrete.

In the opposite case, where concrete is rather processed in small quantities with large time intervals, many individual deliveries are usually hardly worthwhile. Here, the use of precast concrete is certainly the better solution on the job site.


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