Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, concrete can be poured at any time, year-round. When you have a team of professionals working on your project, weather changes are easy to manage. Of course, some factors come into consideration. To minimize disruption, the addition of equipment pieces may be used to help with weather conditions. The main goal is to have concrete set and cure without compromising its strength and durability. As concrete is being produced and poured, there is a process called hydration. The hydrations process is critical when allowing set and curing time to happen at the correct speed. The elements of nature will determine the plan of action and direction of your project. With the occurrence of so many construction projects, we ask ourselves which season is best to accomplish which concrete pouring project.
A little about hydration
What is hydration? Hydration occurs when heat is produced due to the combination of water, cement, aggregates, and additives. The scientific term is known as the exothermic process. Hydration is composed of 5 different phases. Initial mixing reaction- straight forward to understand. Initial mixing reaction occurs when all the ingredients interact and are incorporated with one another. Dormant phase- transportation and concrete pouring. This phase allows concrete to stay in a fluid-like state on the surface. Strength and acceleration-increase of heat due to the chemical reaction. Deceleration/Speed reduction- slowing down of particles once the temperature has reached its maximum potential. Lastly, the steady development state phase- hydration has now slowed down.
This entire process leads to the curing and setting development of concrete. Furthermore, the knowledge of hydration is quite necessary. Climate can have an impact; therefore, concrete pouring professionals will have to bring on additional equipment to keep up with the changes.
Spring and Summer
Many construction projects are accomplished during the spring and summer months. The warm climate is a busy time for the construction industry, especially for concrete. Driveways are being paved; swimming pools are being put in, commercial and residential properties are being built by the second. There is no short supply of work for the concrete business. The spring presents more rainy conditions; additional moisture can potentially weaken the concrete strength. With summer, depending on how hot it is, it will influence the surface. The top will set much more quickly than the bottom. This can be combated by adding cold water or using materials to keep moisture balance. Late spring and early summer bring mild weather. This is the perfect time to schedule concrete pouring.
Fall and Winter
Depending on where you live, the fall and winter months may be mild enough to complete concrete projects. If fall or winter present harsh winds, heavy snowfall, or icy conditions, concrete pouring can be challenging. However, it can be done! Additional equipment will be used to assist the curing process and protect other materials. Concrete blankets, heaters, and hot water can also be added to the concrete mixture.
Mild temperature is what we are after. However, we can not always wait on the seasons to accomplish complete work. Concrete pouring professionals will compile many resolutions as they see fit for whatever condition they face. Concrete is not just about mixing and pouring. It is a whole process, especially when working with the elements.