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Can you lay concrete in the winter?

With the cold weather setting in, you may be wondering “Can you lay concrete in the winter?” Whilst it’s true that low temperatures can cause concrete to lose strength and durability, there are ways you can minimise any damage. Read on to find out more. The risks of laying concrete in cold weather Laying concrete in the winter isn’t ideal since the cold weather can impact its quality and condition. Damage can occur if the concrete cools below freezing point. Often, it will be unusable at this stage. Below freezing, the process of hydration slows down, leading the concrete to become…

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How much concrete do I need for footings?

Are you wondering ‘How much concrete do I need for footings’? If so, this guide is for you. In this article, we’ll discuss how much concrete you’ll need for your footings and why footings are so important in construction projects. At Doncaster Quickmix, we are one of the leading concrete suppliers in Doncaster and Rotherham, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need to source concrete for footings. Read on to find out more. What exactly is a concrete footing? When you are building a structure, the foundations are the first thing you need to think about. Sitting underneath…

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How to pour concrete in hot weather

With summer now on us, your thoughts might be turning to how to pour concrete in hot weather. After all, if temperatures are too high, the quality of the concrete can be compromised. At Doncaster Quickmix, we can provide expert advice on pouring concrete in hot weather, helping to ensure that your construction project goes as planned.  The problem with pouring concrete in hot weather When pouring concrete in hot weather, there’s a risk that it won’t gain its full compressive strength when cured. Air temperature is less important than the temperature of the concrete. When the temperature is higher than…

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What are concrete worktops?

Concrete worktops are in high demand right now, with many homeowners are drawn to their rustic, industrial style. There’s no doubt they’re making their way into homes across the UK but are you really sure what they are? In this article, we’ll answer the question ‘What are concrete worktops?” and provide you with the pros and cons of this popular kitchen feature. As one of the leading concrete suppliers in Doncaster and Rotherham, you can rest assured that we know a thing or two about concrete!  Concrete worktops: what exactly are they? Concrete worktops have become highly sought after in recent…

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How to pour concrete in cold weather

The British weather is famously unpredictable. This means that you can’t always be sure that the sun will be shining when you decide to pour concrete. Cold temperatures can have a big impact on freshly laid concrete, causing it to become damaged and useless. Read on to find out how to pour concrete in cold weather.  What are the risks of pouring concrete in cold weather?  Pouring concrete in cold weather is often unavoidable, particularly if you’re rushing to finish a project to a deadline. However, there are risks involved in doing so, with low temperatures impacting the quality and condition…

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Does concrete strengthen by drying out?

Concrete is one of the strongest materials in the world and is used to create a wide range of robust and long-lasting structures. Ideal for various types of construction, including houses, pavements, skyscrapers, bridges and dams, the strength of concrete rarely fails to hold up. If you’re about to embark on a domestic or commercial building project using this popular material, you may be wondering does concrete strengthen by drying out. Read on to find out the answer to this common question.  Does concrete get stronger as it dries? Yes, concrete continues getting stronger as it ages. Whilst most of the…

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How to Protect Your Concrete Driveway Through All Seasons

A concrete driveway requires very little maintenance over its lifetime. It’s compressive strength, durability and imperviousness to harsh weather conditions make it one of the most reliable and long-lasting surfaces of any in the world. Despite these advantages, there are extra steps you can take to keep your driveway in pristine condition all year round. Take a look at the following tips. Resealing A sealer should be applied to your concrete driveway every 3-5 years minimum. To keep your driveway in top condition, consider applying a sealer more regularly. There are many benefits to a regular application of concrete sealer, including:…

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