If you’re involved in a concrete project or are planning one, it’s important to bear in mind the most important step when working on a project: conforming and reinforcing concrete. For concrete projects, reinforcement is a crucial step, as, without it, there would be no foundation for your poured concrete, which leads directly back to the cost of building it in the first place. Here we’ll look at some simple tips for reinforcing your concrete and how to avoid costly mistakes.
Hot weather tends to accelerate cooling and reduced structural strength. Hot weather can weaken the curing of concrete, leading to poor performance during the finishing process. If you don’t counter the effect of too much ambient temperature before, during and even after the pour, then your concrete may deteriorate far before its expected lifespan. Concrete curing speed is affected by ambient temperature, soil characteristics, and Concrete Reinforcement properties. Here we’ll look into the various types of Concrete Reinforcement, with examples of where they tend to be applicable.
Firstly, consider using cold weather cement for wet Concreting Adelaide projects. While both types of concrete can be used during summer and spring, it’s typically best to avoid such weather extremes for all but the most miniature projects. However, suppose you know that you will have to deal with extremely hot or extremely cold weather throughout your construction but still need a structure set in these conditions. In that case, it may be worth using a cement capable of withstanding temperatures up to about 50 degrees above ambient temperatures. It isn’t an issue for wet concrete, as this type has natural resilience towards high-temperature changes. However, it should be noted that applying cement in the winter months can slow down the setting time so that you may experience slower set times than average.
Secondly, if you know you will have to face freezing temperatures, particular cold joints are available. Cold joints are usually incorporated into the Concrete Reinforcement product during production, allowing the company to achieve cold joints even when temperatures drop into the single digits. A cold joint is simply one made from a thin piece of steel embedded within Concrete Reinforcement. In cold joint installations, no concrete is poured during the manufacturing process, but instead, a thin steel bar is placed into the moulds during the pouring process. Once the concrete is poured, this steel bar is secured to the concrete during the curing phase.
Thirdly, if you need to pour large amounts of concrete, you may face a situation where there is a need to reduce the number of turns during the pouring process. You can do this by reducing the overall height of the concrete and also by increasing the setting time. Setting times are often called a “settling period” because the actual length of time a Concrete Reinforced Concrete (CRFC) needs to be laid out before it begins to set. Setting times can be as short as a mere minute or as long as a full day.
With these methods in mind, it’s essential to understand that not all Concreting Adelaide projects are created equal. While a cold CRFC will keep the concrete from hardening at unusual temperatures, a cold cement bath will not work in the same way. Cold bath settings will not achieve the same properties as cold cement, so the finished product will likely look different. Before beginning any concrete project, make sure to consult with an expert to ensure that you will have the best results. If the climate you live in requires a specific temperature to begin production, make sure that this is met during your project. Otherwise, you may find yourself spending an excessive amount of time in the cold weather because the finished product will not meet your needs!