It’s almost winter, which means now is the time to do that concrete project you’ve been thinking about. Not only is cooler weather nicer to work in, it’s also the best temperature to pour concrete- it allows for the cement to cure correctly.
Opp Concrete has been in business since 1976, so we know concrete. The weather is a big factor when it comes to timing a concrete project. In the summer, the heat dries concrete too quickly, which doesn’t allow it to cure properly. Our experts work with additives that help fight fast drying, but concrete is like a fine wine- it’s always better when it has time to cure at a slower rate. In the winter, when the temperature drops below freezing, cement is tough to pour. Concrete can be poured, but the temperature must be 25 degrees and rising throughout the day. With this temperature, we can pour the cement, and then cover it with blankets at night to make sure it cures at the correct speed. Accurate curing speed means less cracking and a longer life span.
If you’ve been thinking about adding a new driveway, basement or porch, call Opp Concrete now to schedule an appointment. At Christmas time, remember that as you unwrap your presents, winter is the best time of year to wrap up your concrete plans.
WINTER TIP: Salt and sand from the road is bad for concrete- it eats away at cement. By applying a sealer down on your concrete driveway prior to winter you’ll help preserve your concrete for years to come.