We often think that the best time of year to get things done is in the spring. The shock of the costly holidays is over with, tax returns are truly returning, and we may have money to burn. Often, in other parts of the country, people must wait until spring due to snow and months of freezing weather. While this is the case in many states, being in North Texas is a bit different.
Through the years, I have seen many interesting weather patterns here in Texas. For the most part, any time of the year is just fine to start and finish your project. Spring has mostly perfect weather with our temperatures, but caution must be taken with our spring storms. On any given day we can have hard rain that will wash out your new concrete if caution is not taken. At McFall Masonry, we watch the weather constantly, and are rarely surprised with the many real-time types of radar we can see. If rain is on it’s way, we will cancel concrete projects. There are times that the customer may feel that too much caution is being taken, likely because they are anxious about getting the project completed. While we fully understand this, we make sure to take the necessary precautions as our work could be damaged by the rain just hours later.
Summers here in Texas get very hot. While we can pour concrete any time of the day when it’s hot, caution must still be taken. Wet ground is important to any concrete job performed in major heat. We ask for retarder in the concrete that slows the drying process, spray concrete cure when completed to slow the concrete surface’s drying, and of course use plenty of manpower. We do not take chances at McFall Masonry, and we will not pour your concrete until we have all necessary precautions in place.
At Mcfall Masonry, we will not pour concrete in freezing weather, and we will not pour your concrete if it appears the concrete will not be dry before it freezes. If water remains inside the concrete when it freezes for several hours, the water will freeze and eventually cause a weakness in the concrete causing the surface to begin flaking off. This takes usually a couple of years to turn up on your concrete. With that being said, we can certainly still prepare your concrete for pouring during any freezing weather.
The point is that here in North Texas, we can begin and finish your concrete project almost any time of year, and we will take all precautions for whichever season we are dealing with.