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Cold Weather Concreting – Tips for Smaller Projects

While there have been countless articles written about the challenges involving ready-mixed concrete when faced with cold weather, this article will focus on cold weather concreting tips and best practices for those smaller projects utilizing bagged concrete or related concrete repair materials. This can help concrete contractors to employ the right cold-weather concreting precautions and practices from the fall into the spring of any given year.

Cold Weather’s Effects on Freshly Mixed Concrete and Concrete Set Times

ACI 306R defines cold weather as a period when the average daily temperature falls below 40° F for more than 3 consecutive days and the air temperature is not greater than 50° F for more than one-half of any 24-hour cycle during the period.

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