Can you install concrete in the winter? What do you think? You can install concrete successfully in the winter if you take care of some crucial aspects and get the job done precisely. According to the American Concrete Institute (ACI) 306 report, two conditions make concrete vulnerable to cold weather. The average daily air temperature should not go below 40F (5C). The second condition is that the air temperature must not exceed 50F (10C) for a period more than one-half of a day or a given 24-hour period.
If these conditions are not met, you have to make use of cold-weather techniques when it comes to installing concrete in the winter.
Prevent immediate freezing and allow the concrete to gain strength
First of all, you need to safeguard it from freezing immediately after the installation. It is a very vital aspect. You should also make sure that the concrete gains the required strength to deliver long-lasting results.
Define the strategies and follow a well-crafted temperature record chart
You need to define the right strategies to be used before the installation. That is what exactly happens when you hire trusted concrete contractors. Experienced professionals maintained a well-thought-out temperature record chart to make the installation process successful and sustainable.
Heat the surface before pouring concrete
Pouring concrete over ice, snow, or frozen ground, you are committing a critical mistake. Heaters need to be used for defrosting the surface before the installation. If you use heated enclosures while placing concrete in winter, make sure that they are wind-proof and water-proof.
Use concrete with adequate air-entrained voids
It is always advisable to use cold weather concrete with sufficient air-entrained voids. Offering high resistance to thawing and freezing effects; this type o concrete makes the installation highly effective.
Maintain minimal water to cement ratio
If you maintain minimal water to cement ratio and reduced slump, you can control bleeding and lower the time needed for setting.
Other vital aspects you need to consider are using extra cement for each cubic yard, holding finishing operations until the bleed water is cleared, and adding a cement bag to the mix when you run out of other options.
Winter can be a great time to schedule your new concrete patio, sidewalk or other concrete services. Give Cement Tech, LLC a call today for a free consultation!