Concrete is a durable and versatile material, but it can be tricky to work with if you don’t plan ahead. You’ll be on a timer as soon as you pour the concrete, and certain conditions will affect how quickly it sets. Check the weather, use durable materials, and think about using additives. Follow these tips to ensure a smooth concrete pouring project.
Plan for Everything
Timing is absolutely crucial when you’re pouring concrete. If you work too slowly, the concrete might set before you’re done working with it, which could throw a huge wrench in the gears for your project. If you need a lot of cement you might even need two trucks, in which case timing plays an even bigger role. Weather conditions and temperature can also affect how long it takes the concrete to set, so be meticulous in your planning and always check the forecast.
Use the Right Materials
Before you start pouring your concrete, you’ll have to lay out your design and create a visible plan to follow. You may need forming equipment like rebar and nail stakes, as well as concrete expansion joints so your concrete can expand and contract as the temperature changes without any damage to your project. Use construction products that are durable and made from recycled materials to limit your impact on the environment.
Additives change the way concrete sets, which gives you more control over the timing of the project. They can be used to speed up or slow down the setting process, and they can be used to reinforce the concrete.
Preparation is key, and the team at J D Russell is happy to help you get ready for your concrete project. Our concrete and landscaping products are durable, eco-friendly, and made right here in America. Look through our website to see what we can offer or call us at (800) 888-7425 to get to know us.