A lot of people wait until summer to plan and complete their concrete projects without realizing that isn't always necessary. A concrete pad, walkway or path can be done even when winter has arrived. You just have to follow the advice below.
Use Low Water, Ready-Mix Concrete
As you set out to get supplies for the project you're hoping to begin, your first mistake could be buying the same kind of concrete you purchase in the summer. When you're concerned that the environment is too cold, the best concrete choice is a ready-mix version with low water concentration. Ready-Mix concrete can be used right away, which can be smart when you don't want the wet concrete to freeze before it has even touched the ground. Low water mixes are also good because there isn't as much water in the mix which could result in premature freezing.
Warm the Soil
One mistake many people make when they're trying to pour any concrete in low temperatures is to just put the wet concrete mix on top of cold soil. This can seem like a fine idea right up until temperatures begin rising. As soil expands and warms beneath the poured concrete because of warmer temperatures, cracks can start to form and spread.
That problem can be easily sidestepped if you make the time to properly warm and prepare the area where you plan to pour your concrete. To start, you should investigate the temperature and condition of the soil you're going to work with. A thermometer at certain spots can provide information; if you have a hard time inserting the instrument at all, that's a sign that further prep is needed. You can also stick shovels or cultivators into the soil to find out whether the ground is completely frozen or not.
If the area seems too cold to proceed, there are still things you can do. For example, a few electric curing blankets can be put down on the area. The electricity should allow heat to penetrate soil to make it suitable for concrete pours; keep testing temperatures until the soil warms. You might also purchase a sub-base that you'll lay on top of the soil; the sub-base won't expand like the soil, so it can be a good foundation for the concrete.
Once you're able to utilize this information, you can start planning more projects throughout the year. If you ever need help, a concrete company, like Mershon Concrete, can discuss a specific project with you so that it's completed successfully.Share
5 July 2017
When I first moved into our house, I realized that the place needed a little bit of work. In addition to missing part of the back lawn, there was also an empty RV pad and a missing patio. I thought about what to do, and I realized that the best thing might be to hire a concrete contractor to make things right. After we got settled, we started pricing services. We were able to find an incredible contractor that we knew would do a good job. After he poured the pads, it was amazing to see how much better things looked. Read my blog for ideas on how to finish your property, so that you aren't left looking at an eyesore.