What is a Concrete Calculator?

Doug Enright 

A concrete calculator is a tool many web sites and contractors use to determine just how much concrete is needed to fill a space. Depending on the scope of the project, the amount of concrete may vary in large quantities, so using mathematic equations – and a concrete calculator – is key to ensuring material costs come in on or under budget and that you’re getting the right amount of concrete for the project.

More About a Concrete Calculator

If you go to ten different web sites that use concrete calculators, you may come out with varying results. Each web site, and calculator, will use different factors that determine what amount of concrete is right for the project. These numbers won’t vary by much but might just be enough that makes you wonder why everyone gets different numbers.

Most concrete calculators estimate the volume, weight and other factors in choosing how much concrete you need to reliably finish a project. All calculators, and contractors, will advise you to buy more than the listed amount to ensure you have enough on hand to finish the project and fix any issues that come up.

Many of these calculators will give you several ways to measure the amount of concrete you need, including options for slabs, holes or tubes. This simple calculator can save you, or your contractor, hundreds if not thousands of dollars on material costs, which is why it’s so important to know what you need and only buy what you need as opposed to a broad idea of what you need. This narrows down the guesswork in construction and makes it easier for everyone involved to get the job done right the first time.

Material costs can quickly bankrupt any project. While concrete isn’t one of the most expensive materials to work with, it can add up quickly if you’re not careful. By using a concrete calculator, you can get an idea of what you need, how much it’ll cost and whether or not you’ll finish your next project on budget. This can mean all the difference to those who may have a set budget for a concrete-related project.

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