Here at Smith Evergreen in Richmond, you would be surprised how often we get this question. It is a good question because you would assume it can be because it is so cold outside that concrete in Richmond would dry quicker. But concrete actually takes longer to get into solid form in cold weather in Richmond.
Concrete goes through what we at Smith Evergreen call a curing process. Concrete is a very interesting substance because it starts semi-liquid and then drys to a very hard and durable substance. This is why it is so popular to use is as building material and other things. When going through the curing process concrete needs hydration or moisture to fully dry and harden. Sometimes in cold environments, moisture is slim to non so it would increase the amount of time it would take for the poured concrete to harden. Increase the chances of someone stepping in it or an animal leaving a mark on the concrete. With this in mind, pouring concrete in the winter is possible. It can be completed without complications it will just take a longer time. It is preferred to be done in warm or hot temperatures.
When you pour concrete in Richmond during cold temperatures it is important that the concrete doesn’t get frozen. This leads to a variety of complications and this is better to be avoided. That is why you need a team of professionals to come in and pour your concrete. Here at Smith Evergreen, we have the equipment needed to ensure that your concrete is insulated and won’t freeze during cold temperatures. When pouring concrete in the cold you have to make sure to insulate the concrete to imitate the hot warm conditions. This will help aid the process of curing and hopefully speed up the process without the risk of concrete freezing. If the concrete freezes then the whole process is messed up. We insulate concrete to recreate the conditions of summer weather.
During the pouring process, the temperature of the concrete in Richmond should be closely measured until it is fully dried and hardened. This way you can ensure it doesn’t freeze halfway through and you can keep up the recreation of the summer environment for the concrete. To do so it requires more equipment and more time to ensure the process is done correctly. That is why we stress the importance of having a professional team that can do everything how it is intended to be done. You don’t want them messing up and extending the amount of time it takes for the job to be completed.
Here at Smith Evergreen in Richmond, we can do the job for you. We have a specialized team suited to do this type of concrete pouring in Richmond during the winter. Even if it isn’t wintertime when you reading this Smith Evergreen can still pour your concrete. If you have any questions or concerns about pouring concrete during the winter in Richmond, give our Smith Evergreen Concrete team a call today. We are more than happy to answer your questions and shed light on some information you don’t understand