Longer days and warmer temperatures make summer the prime season for tackling home projects in and out of the house. But those warm, sunny days can be a double-edged sword: All that heat and dryness can create a few challenges for projects that involve pouring concrete, such as planters, garden edging, patios, pathways, slabs, and more.
On a hot day, freshly mixed concrete can start to set in as little as 30 minutes, so you have to work quickly to get the concrete poured and finished before it hardens. As well, concrete that dries out too quickly—a real issue in hot weather—isn’t as resilient as concrete that dries more slowly. Overall, it’s weaker and more likely to crack.
Fear not. You don’t have to wait until fall to pour. Summer's still a great time to tackle your concrete projects, you just need to borrow a few techniques from the pros. Whether you’re installing an outdoor kitchen, a patio, or just a couple of steps, the following tips from Quikrete's team of professionals will help ensure a successful pour and a concrete project that will be the envy of the neighborhood.