As we begin to hit the heat of summer, we should think about proper concrete placement practices to combat the heat. High temperatures can affect fresh concrete in a multitude of ways:Increase water demand Accelerate slump loss Accelerate set times Higher curing temperatures can reduce ultimate strength of concrete Increased chance of rapid surface evaporation leading to plastic shrinkage cracking Potential for thermal cracking resulting from rapid temperature drops (hot days/cool nights)
Planning for the summer heat can save you from problems down the road. Consider
When you think of concrete, you think of an attractive, durable, versatile, functional and quality product. Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world. The components of concrete are simple: gravel or limestone, sand, water, cement and certain chemical additives. The science surrounding concrete is complex.
When considering what type of material to use for a driveway, there are many considerations – initial price, life cycle costs, durability, and aesthetics. Concretes biggest competitor is asphalt. When comparing the
You’ve decided to place a new concrete patio, driveway or sidewalk. Or perhaps, you are replacing an existing area.
The following tips will help you choose a qualified contractor:Ask if the contractor belongs to a builders association or a concrete trade association Ask if the contractor has a Flatwork Finisher’s Certification from the American Concrete Institute Ask for proof of insurance Ask for references. Speak with others who have used the contractor you are considering.
Every spring, after the winter snow and ice have disappeared from the tops of concrete driveways, sidewalks and other exterior flatwork, homeowners are uncovering what first appear to be surface blemishes that were not apparent in the fall or in the case of freshly installed concrete, when it was first placed.
The concrete slab looked so good, so hard and durable and yet now it appears to have a number of localized areas of blemishes, pock marks or surface blemishes. These
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