Paving 101: Four Tips For Working With Concrete In The Winter

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If you are wanting to remodel your home or lawn with concrete, you will probably be told to do it in the spring or summer. While it is easier to work with concrete in the warmer months, it isn't impossible to do it during the winter. With the right knowledge and precautions, you can redo your your outside concrete even in the coldest winter months. Here are five tips to help get you started:

1. Pour In The Morning

If you are going to pour concrete during cold weather, you should try to do it early in the morning. As the sun rises, it will begin to heat the ground. This heat will help the concrete dry and cure. So always opt for pouring your concrete in the morning hours, instead of late in the day.

2. Keep The Ground Warm

Another helpful tip is to keep the ground warm after you pour the concrete. Even if it is cold, you can help keep the ground warm by using portable heaters, enclosures, or even insulated blankets. Whichever method you use, you should have them prepared before the sun sets—as that is the coldest part of the day. Concrete does take longer to cure in cold weather, so be prepared to keep the ground warm for a few days.

3. Use Warm Water

You can make the concrete easier to work with by using warm water in the mix. The water should feel slightly hot to the touch, but not scalding. This is a simple tip, but it does really help make the concrete easier to work with—so don't ignore it.

4. Thaw The Ground

Concrete needs a thawed ground in order to set properly. If it is particularly cold or wet, make sure that the ground is thawed before you begin to pour the concrete. As mentioned above, you can use insulated blankets or even a portable heater to thaw the ground. Once thawed, make sure you remove any traces of ice or water; as pouring concrete over frozen or wet ground will cause it to crack.

5. Wear Warm Clothing

Finally, make sure to dress appropriately when pouring concrete in cold weather. Even if it seems like you will be warm, consider dressing in layers. If you get hot, you can always remove a layer. Additionally, make sure you wear long sleeves and jeans, as well as earmuffs or ear warmers. You should also consider wearing heavy-duty boots, gloves, and protective glasses.

While it is certainly easier to work with concrete in warm weather, it's not a harsh law. If you are feeling up to it, you can pour concrete in the winter months. Use these tips, along with the advice of a professional paving contractor like Caddo Paving, to help make sure you do it right. 

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