How important is timing in making saw cuts in concrete?

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Jake Agostini

How important is timing in making saw cuts in concrete?

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Kate Horder

Timing is extremely important in making saw cuts in concrete. There’s a specific time frame when saw cuts can be made. It’s the period of time in between two important phases: (1) after the concrete has settled, cooled, and gained enough durability and strength and (2) before internal cracking starts. Do it too early and you can expect some raveling to happen, and in the end, you’re left with a weak and messy edge. Cutting too late can also be problematic because it leads to severe cracking because by this time, the concrete has already started internal cracking due to curing.

The equipment used in making saw cuts is also important since the equipment must be able to efficiently cut through the concrete which comes in different strength and hardness levels. One way to help you determine when the concrete is ready for cutting is to make trial cuts. This will indicate whether raveling as stopped and that means you can now start cutting.

In making saw cuts, it’s not just timing that’s crucial but also the equipment you use. Straight2Site.co.uk has a wide selection of cutting tools, tying systems, concrete reinforcement spacers, and more.