Concrete Season Is Around the Corner

Posted by on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in News

Most of us associate “seasonality” with things like produce, tourism and Christmas trees. But if you’re in the transportation industry, being sensitive to the seasonality of all consumer goods is an unavoidable part of the job. At CCC, our main focus is concrete – and that has a season, too.

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the Sunshine State (like we are), the winter is typically off limits for the construction industry. In addition to the fact that working outside in inclement weather is not ideal, extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum can severely inhibit concrete’s strength.

When it’s too cold, the chemical process that causes cement to harden when it mixes with water (hydration) slows down incredibly. A slower hydration process can actually produce a stronger final product because the concrete has more time to react thoroughly with the water. But if liquid concrete freezes (which occurs at 25F or lower), ice crystals form in the concrete mixture, causing the strength to plummet. In fact, the total strength and durability of concrete can decrease by 50% if it freezes during the curing process.

Because the structure’s soundness is at risk, most contractors will not pour concrete if the weather forecast shows an average temperature below 40F for more than three days: the conditions that constitute “cold weather” as defined by the American Concrete Institute. Although there are a few ways around the cold weather risk, such as using insulating curing blankets or additives that speed up concrete drying time or, most builders simply choose to wait until the spring.

That’s where we come in. We offer a flexible cement delivery service in both an on-demand and 24/hr dedicated capacity, because we know the construction industry is just as time sensitive as our own. Our ability to stay nimble and respond to seasonal demands makes us a great partner and a reliable asset for anyone in the construction industry.

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