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How does temperature affect concrete pouring?

Thursday, March 23

As many may imagine, concrete is sensitive to temperature in many ways. There are ideal temperatures that matter when pouring concrete.

Pouring Concrete in Cold Weather

It is highly recommended to hire professionals to pour concrete when the temperature is below 40 degrees. The main reason being is that at night the temperature may drop drastically freezing the ground. The air temperature by itself isn’t the determining factor on whether you should pour concrete. The temperature of the air, the humidity level, the wind speed, the temperatures of the surface where you are placing the concrete, the water and the dry concrete in the bag all play a huge part and must be taken into consideration. 

Pouring Concrete in Hot Weather

On the opposite side of the spectrum, hot weather also plays a huge role in the success of your pour. Caution is highly recommended when pouring concrete in high temperatures especially above 90 degrees. The issue here is that the top layer of concrete will dry much faster than the bottom layer. This causes the concrete to shrink as it dries. The top will be shrinking while the bottom is stationary. As you may realize this can cause issues with the final result.

Always feel free to contact us regarding a pour.

Source: http://www.sakrete.com

Summer Tips on Maintaining your Concrete Driveway or Patio

Tuesday, June 28

Summer can be harsh on your concrete surfaces. Not only does the sun beat down for long hours but the temperature of your concrete can reach very high temperatures. Thankfully there are some things you can do to maintain the quality of your concrete during the dog days of Summer...