When is the Best Time to Install Concrete?

Fall is here, and that means it’s time to remember the concrete project that you forgot about over the summer. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. When it comes to outdoor concrete installation, there are several factors to consider before starting a project. For example, temperature plays a vital role in the durability of concrete installation. Now that summer is over and the fall season is beginning, you might be wondering if there’s still time to fit your project in before the cold weather takes over. The answer is yes.

Concrete Installation in the Midwest

If you live in the Midwest, then you know how quickly the weather can change in an instant. To reduce the chances of concrete cracks, it’s important to avoid blazing hot weather and freezing cold temperatures during the application of concrete. Fortunately, the fall is still a great time to conduct concrete installation because the humidity is at it’s lowest and the temperature is the most stable. 

Temperature is the Key to Properly Installing Concrete

In general, the outdoor temperature determines how quickly and how effectively concrete material will dry. For instance, when the weather is warm, concrete will dry at a faster rate. Conversely, if the weather is cold or freezing, then it may cause the water content to freeze before the material can dry. Concrete that is poured under both conditions will either crack or become unstable. As you can see, concrete requires certain weather conditions to properly set. 

Can you Install Concrete During the Summer or Winter?

Yes, this is possible, but it will require extra effort. Some contractors will take steps to set the concrete before the weather plummets during the nighttime. This can be completed by using hot water in the concrete mix, adding fast-drying chemicals, or even using tents and ground heaters. However, this method should not be done by beginners. Concrete installation under these conditions should be conducted by a concrete professional for the best results.

Fall Concrete Installation

Frost and freezing temperatures typically don’t become a factor until November. Therefore, concrete installation during early fall can still be completed. The weather is usually dry, and although temperatures cool down at nighttime, the warmer daytime weather should be sufficient enough for the concrete to properly set. And truth is, there are a lot of great benefits to completing a concrete project at this time of the year:

  • Everything is cleared – It’s much easier to work now that the summer/spring festivities have concluded and there’s less foot traffic in the area.
  • The wait is shorter – Many people take care of their outdoor jobs during the summer. With fall approaching, wait times are generally shorter to schedule an appointment.
  • There will be less work during the spring – Taking care of your concrete during the fall frees up more time for the following spring season so you can focus on enjoying your new concrete.

Concrete Installation from a Concrete Professional

We’re ready to take on your concrete project when you are. Whether you’re looking for concrete patio, driveway, or sidewalk installation, you can count on the professionals at JBS Construction. If you live in the Greater Milwaukee area, contact us today to schedule your free estimate.