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The last thing we think about when winter arrives in Edmonton is, what is going to happen to my concrete? Here is a quick winter guide to Edmonton Concrete.
Concrete has a very high compressive strength which is what makes it so durable. That means when you drive your car across a concrete pad you have no worries about it cracking.
Concrete has a low tensile strength however which means it is susceptible to internal pressures. Water freezing and expanding is what causes the majority of concrete problems. Water in concrete cracks is a sure-fire way to cause concrete damage. This can include; concrete scaling, D-Cracking, air entrapment and cracking.
Concrete is expensive to replace so let’s talk about what you can do to maintain or prevent concrete failure.
Here is a technical article about the specifics of water and concrete in the Freeze – Thaw Cycle.
This simple guide should help you save some money on concrete repairs and maintenance!