Artistic Concrete Designs has been in the industry long enough to know that concrete can be tricky. Concrete is a preferred material for driveways, sidewalks, patios, and even interior flooring due to its durability, versatility, affordability, and low maintenance requirements. However, concrete installation is better done during certain times of the year. Extreme temperatures and the elements can make the process difficult and damage the concrete before it even has a chance to cure and settle. We have a lot of customers ask when the best time for a concrete installation is. This article should break down some of the basics. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call Artistic Concrete Designs to speak with an expert.
The Effect of Temperature
Extreme temperatures are bad for many purposes and concrete installations is no exception. The intense heat of the summer compromises the settling process. Remember, concrete mixes contain a solid amount of water. High temperatures mean freshly laid concrete will have its water contents evaporated, causing the solidifying process to speed up. This in turn means the concrete will be brittle and prone to cracking. Freezing temperatures result in a similar outcome as the water contents freeze. Therefore, winter and summertime are usually not the ideal time to install concrete.
Rain Rain Go Away
As we mentioned earlier, the water content of concrete mixes is sensitive and crucial. Just as freezing and hot temperatures are threats to the proportions, precipitation can threaten the integrity of the concrete. Granted rain can be managed more easily than managing harsh temperatures, precipitation weakens the bonding of the concrete, leading to fragile concrete. It is for this reason that spring is not an ideal season to install concrete. Though spring has fair weather, the unpredictability of rain makes it a risky season for concrete installations.
Remember September, October, November
Well, that leaves us with fall. Fall season comes with moderate weather and a lack of rain. The biggest risk of fall, however, would be leaves falling on concrete that hasn’t hardened yet, leaving leaf prints on your concrete. Aside from that, fall is the ideal season for installing concrete. The lack of humidity in the air, the warm days, and cool nights provide an optimal environment for the concrete to cure into a durable and long-lasting product. So, if you want a stable time for concrete installations, remember it’s September, October, and November.
The Professionals Are Equipped
Though fall is the optimal season for concrete installations, some jobs cannot wait. Luckily, the professionals at Artistic Concrete Designs are equipped and trained to perform quality concrete installations during any given season. We understand the pitfalls of certain seasons and have techniques to deal with the respective obstacles. If you are interested in learning about how we overcome high temperatures, freezing weather, and rain, give Artistic Concrete Designs a call today. Our professionals will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns. Call now to speak with a friendly representative and schedule your appointment.