Working with Concrete in Record Cold Temperatures

Foundations, driveways, roads and other projects built using concrete don’t have to be put on hold just because it’s cold outside. Proper Cold Weather Concrete practices allow for Ready Mixed Concrete to be delivered, placed and formed, even in sub-zero temperatures. Make sure to plan ahead! – Mark Danhausen

3159502

Cold Weather Concrete Guidelines

  • Use air-entrained concrete when exposure to moisture and freezing and thawing conditions are expected.
  • Keep surfaces in contact with concrete free of ice and snow and at a temperature above freezing prior to placement.
  • Place and maintain concrete at the recommended temperature.
  • Place concrete at the lowest practical slump.
  • Protect plastic concrete from freezing or drying.
  • Protect concrete from early-age freezing and thawing cycles until it has attained adequate strength.
  • Limit rapid temperature changes when protective measures are removed.

Source- National Ready Mix Concrete Association