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.
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