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Pouring concrete in hot weather

Laying your own concrete mix can be a challenge at the best of times, but did you know that pouring concrete in hot weather can have just as much impact as cold conditions? How is concrete pouring affected by heat? Higher air temperatures mean that concrete will cure more quickly. The difficulty with this is that the concrete mix itself needs to hydrate as part of the curing process, whereby crystals form within the mixture as the concrete absorbs water. However, if the surrounding temperature is too hot and this process is sped up, these crystals form too quickly and makes them unable to…

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How to Choose the Best Method of Transporting Concrete

There are many ways to transport concrete to your pour site, and choosing the correct one for your needs will mean the final quality of your mix is not compromised. Concrete transportation happens in two stages: from batching plant to the worksite, and within the worksite itself. Your chosen method of transportation will largely depend on the application of your concrete and the setup of your construction site. In this article, we’re looking at the various transportation methods for concrete, along with their benefits. Transporting concrete to a worksite Once you’ve ordered a batch of concrete, it’ll need to be transported…

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How Long Does Concrete Take to Cure?

Concrete doesn’t reach its full strength instantly after hardening – it has to go through the curing process first. That means you have to wait a little longer before putting any weight on it – so if you’ve just laid a driveway, keep your car away from it for the time being and read this article to learn all about the concrete curing process. Curing times for concrete Technically, concrete never stops curing. In fact, concrete gets stronger and stronger as time goes on. But, as far as we’re concerned, to reach a practical strength, most industrial concrete mixes have a…

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What Is Concrete Made Of?

There is a considerable amount of confusion surrounding what exactly concrete is made of, as well as the differences between concrete and cement. Although many people seem to refer to concrete and cement interchangeably, they are in fact two separate things. Cement is a binding material, and one of the key ingredients of concrete. Concrete, on the other hand, is a compound material composed of water, cement and aggregates (for example, sand and gravel). To clear the confusion further, we will take a more detailed look at the two materials, gaining a better understanding of concrete in the process. The difference…

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