Pouring Concrete In The Mid South
States Included: Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee
Climate Overview: When you pour concrete floors the climate matters. Clay Floors is all about taking care of concrete floors after the initial pouring is complete. But you need to be aware of the best accepted practices for pouring concrete before you deal with sealing, repairing, and of course regular concrete floor maintenance.
Here in Texas and states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee, this true mid-south climate features humid, hot, long summers and cool winters. These states have only brief periods of cold weather. Usually snow and long days of freezing cold will not be the norm, and since both Spring and fall are short seasons; it is well accepted that the South is known for it’s hot weather. Cool winters with temperatures ranging from 40° F and 50° F can sometimes give way to a winter cold front that drops temperatures into the lower 20s. But please note that by and large these conditions are usually short lived. Summer temperatures rise to the upper 90s and can exceed 100° F for long periods of time as early as May, and as late as October. . Rainfall ranges from 24 inches in the western areas of central Texas to 40 to 50 inches in areas of Arkansas and Tennessee. Spring storms can be severe, with the threat of tornadoes in all areas.
Winter Climates from December through March are cool. Day temperatures can vary from 40° to 50°, and create conditions year-round for exterior concrete placement. Freeze thaw conditions and air entrainment is quite common on most exterior concrete placement, mix designs can have different compressive strengths depending on final use. Chemical set accelerators to help the concrete set faster and air entrainment admixtures to help with freeze thaw conditions are part of the concrete floors and exterior uses. And while hot water can increase concrete temperatures more quickly, proper mix designs, placement, curing, and durability much prevent spalling and scaling concrete at large.
Placement and Curing Practices: Curing concrete in these regions usually requires the use of solvent-based curing compounds or cure-and-seal chemicals to avoid freezing.
Remember if you need more information before you buy concrete for your facility or home, please let us know. Keith Clay Floors has special equipment help that can maybe make the difference in a successful floor life:
- Sprayers to apply curing compounds
- Curing blankets and non-water-based curing compounds
- Proper cold-weather attire for crews pouring and finishing the concrete
Concrete Repairs Information: Need help finding out what happened or what with wrong with your concrete area? Awareness is critical for finding out what to do. With any concrete repair, take that lesson to heart and you’re off to a great start. Really the first thing to do is call us here at Clay Floors. We can help you determine what caused the damage, do the necessary preparation of removing any unsound concrete and contamination, and then install a repair designed to solve the problem. The worst thing you can do is make a repair that doesn’t last or will only aggravate the issue. Track records that inspire confidence is preferred in any area of the county you are in. subject. For more details, the best source is either the International Concrete Repair Institute or the American Concrete Institute. ICRI, in conjunction with ACI, publishes the Concrete Repair Manual which is over 2000 pages long. Call us today and let us help you have access to this information.
For over 30 years, Keith Clay at Clay Floors in Dallas has been offering a variety of cost effective solutions and low maintenance commercial and residential flooring to suit our clients needs. Durability and low maintenance on your polished concrete custom flooring, means Clay Floors can transform your floors where you live, work and play.
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