Burning Up: How to Handle Placing Concrete in Hot Weather

Large slab pour at Palmetto Christian Academy

As summer begins, daily temperatures are on the rise, which can cause difficulties when placing and finishing concrete at job sites. Temperatures above 80 degrees mean a faster setting time, the potential for more crazing and plastic shrinkage cracking, slump loss, increased water demand and strength loss for the final product. However, there are simple…

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What Is Screed and How Is It Different From Concrete?

screed versus concrete

In construction, there are two different types of materials used to create finished forms and floors: screed and concrete. While the process for mixing and handling these materials may be similar, both have different applications and use cases. Here is some basic information about screed, how it’s different from concrete, and when it’s best to…

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What is Plastic Shrinkage Cracking?

plastic shrinkage cracking

When working in construction, specifically in cement work and concrete form laying, environmental conditions play a vital role in the overall quality of the finished product. Low humidity and excessively warm temperatures can cause unwanted surface cracking to appear in concrete once it dries, potentially causing degradation over time under the right circumstances. These surface…

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The Difference Between Cement and Concrete

Ready mix concrete being poured

There is a misconception that concrete and cement are interchangeable terms for the same substance, but that could not be farther from the truth. We use both every day, in our houses, roads, and workplaces, but their differences are hardly ever considered. Simply put, cement is an ingredient of concrete and makes up around 10…

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