Concrete’s durability and solidity are affected by the temperature. There is a specific time of year when concrete driveways can be installed that is more advantageous. While it is possible to apply concrete in hot or cold temperatures, it is best not to do so.
Fall is the best time to install a concrete driveway. It is the perfect temperature for curing concrete driveways, as it removes humidity from the air. This allows for warmer days and cooler nights.
Why temperature is so important for properly pouring concrete.
The current temperature outside will determine the speed and quality of the concrete material drying. Concrete material will dry faster if it is warmer than the temperatures in Ontario in the Fall. Alternately, low or freezing temperatures can cause the water content of the concrete material to freeze and cause it to crack.
Have you ever seen poor concrete work?
Cracks in concrete walkways or driveways can be a sign of poor applications. This indicates that concrete was poured in extreme heat or cold conditions. This is likely to indicate that the concrete was not installed during extreme temperatures.
How is concrete installed in winter?
Concrete installation at freezing temperatures requires the use of special tools and processes. These tools include:
- Warming blankets
- Water-based compound cure
- Sprayers to apply curing compound
- Concrete pumps for faster placement in freezing conditions
- Ground heaters
Concrete One professionals work with concrete in extreme temperatures so that you get the same great results as if it were done in perfect temperatures. Concrete can be poured in colder weather with more equipment and techniques. This means that you may have to pay more for labor or materials. That is why Fall is the best time to complete your concrete driveway.