Hot Weather Challenges for Masonry Construction


Hot Weather Challenges for Masonry Construction

61When it comes to masonry construction in Boston, hot weather poses several challenges. As ambient temperature rises, and material and equipment heat up, moisture evaporates more rapidly, leaving less water available for cement hydration. Low relative humidity and direct sunshine are also compounding factors.

Effects of Temperature Increase on Mortar

In addition to harsh effects on workability, rapid drying can result in a lack of sufficient water for hydration of cement in the mortar. Inadequate hydration can lead to a reduction in mortar strength. Exposed mortar surfaces are particularly vulnerable. When evaporation occurs, it removes moisture more rapidly from the outer surface of a mortar joint.

Hot Weather Masonry Practices

For more information regarding masonry construction in hot weather or other building repairs in Boston, contact Abbot Building Restoration today at (617) 445-0274.

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