In any concrete work, temperature fluctuations are taken into account as these can affect the curing process and the finished product. When tackling such a project in cold weather, builders must make sure to come in prepared at the job site. Being aware of the mistakes of concreting under such conditions helps avoid structural issues and project delays.
Larry Walty Roofing & Guttering Inc., one of the leading residential and commercial roofing contractors in the local area, also offers concreting services. Here are some mistakes we avoid when we do concrete work in cold weather.
Pouring Concrete on Frozen Ground
We make it a point to check the ground if it is frozen or not before we pour concrete. Concrete closest to the ground may not cure as fast as the one on the surface. Temperature differences prevent it from developing adequate strength, leading to cracks and structural damage.
Letting Concrete Freeze
Fresh concrete can freeze at 24°F, which is why it must be kept at around 50°F until it reaches the right measurement for compressive strength. This can be done more efficiently using a measuring device that takes concrete temperatures and determines concrete maturity.
Using Cold Tools
As with roof repair and any other home improvement work, concreting must also involve the proper use of tools and equipment. Under cold weather, we make sure that they are as warm as the fresh concrete. Otherwise, this can affect the concrete slab’s ability to achieve full strength.
Not Taking Advantage of Daylight
The amount of daylight lessens during the colder months. That said, taking advantage of it will result in warmer temperatures necessary for curing freshly-poured concrete. Heaters are used as a backup in case concrete work is done before sunrise or after sunset.
Turn to Larry Walty Roofing & Guttering Inc. for your residential and commercial concreting needs. We offer full-service concrete work, including installations and replacements. We use the latest in concreting, including aggregate, pervious, stained, stamped, and cast concrete.
You can also rely on us for your residential and commercial roof repair and replacement. Call us today at (316) 733-2843 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve residents of El Dorado, KS, and the surrounding areas.