Cold weather is not usually the most ideal time of year to begin masonry projects. However, if construction began at a milder time of year and is now extending into the colder months or if your schedule just requires it, there are some factors you should consider to get the most quality and function out of your finished product. As we’re currently and rapidly approaching fall, now is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge. Stonework and masonry are both affected by cold weather and having a better understanding of what happens to these materials is essential to protecting them and your hard work from the harsh elements.
In masonry, the main ingredient required to keep most of the project together is mortar. It’s the mixture of sand, cement, water, and lime that masons use to bind brick, concrete, granite, or even glass. In cold weather, mortar becomes difficult to mix. If the temperature drops below 40 degrees, it’s practically impossible. Between the temperatures of 40 and 32 degrees, heating the water or sand becomes necessary to be able to work with the mortar. In these temperatures, it may also be necessary to adjust the amount of each ingredient in the mortar to create a more effective mixture that’s able to withstand the cold weather. Covering the materials and keeping them off the ground is also an effective and necessary measure to keep the materials in the required condition.
During the project and even after the construction is completed, it’s important to protect the materials from the harsh elements. Use tarps and other forms of heavy-duty plastic to cover and insulate the elements. Rain, snow, or sleet is also detrimental to the materials as moisture will compromise the integrity of the mortar. Insulation is important because if the mortar freezes it could reduce the strength of the mixture. Ultimately, being able to maintain a milder temperature and separate your work area from the elements are the best solutions for combatting cold weather.
Cold Weather Masonry Tips & Cold Weather Masonry
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