Concrete Tips & How-Tos

Concrete Tips & How-Tos

Are you pouring concrete this summer? Use these tips for a flawless finished project – no matter how hot it is! 

Missouri summers are known for their unbearable humidity. While the heat itself isn’t particularly extreme, the combination of higher temperatures and airborne moisture can pose a challenge for homeowners planning a DIY concrete pour.  

As every Jefferson County ready mix professional knows, the humidity in this region can impact the strength of new concrete unless special precautions are taken. 

Today, we’ll explain what you need to adjust in your concrete mix and post-pour maintenance schedule to accommodate the high summer temperatures. 

How do you calculate the amount of concrete needed for a project? 

Many homeowners throughout Missouri think that laying and leveling are the most complex parts of a concrete pour. However, DIYer’s with experience installing concrete know that calculating concrete volume without over-ordering is arguably the most important factor of the entire project. 

Today, we’ll take a look at how you can quickly calculate the amount of ready-mix needed for your upcoming project using our free concrete volume calculator

Monday, 16 January 2017 17:11

How to Prevent Cracking in Concrete

Concrete is essential for maintaining a functional driveway, outdoor living space, or walkway. Not only is a solid walking surface important for the functionality of your home, cracked or damaged concrete can also impact the curb appeal (and overall value) of a house as well. 

Residents of the North East know how cold it gets during the winter – what we don’t consider is how tough the freezing climate is on concrete. Today, we’ll review the reasons concrete cracks prematurely, and how a professional ready mix concrete delivery can alleviate unexpected problems.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:17

How to Protect Late Season Concrete Pours

Concrete can be poured even in cold Missouri weather, but the process is different than concrete being poured in warm weather. Now the American Concrete Institute under ACI 306 defines that concrete is exposed to cold weather under certain conditions. These conditions are when the daily average air temperature is less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and within a 24-hour period the air temperature isn’t greater than 50 degrees Fahrenheit for more than one half of the time.

In addition, if concrete is being poured in cold weather, it needs to be protected from being frozen right after being poured. Too, the concrete needs to be strong enough to remove the forms at the right time without having to use excessive heat to help the concrete develop the strength that’s needed. So, proper curing conditions need to be used to prevent cracking and still have the serviceability of the needed structure.

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