Overwintering an Exposed Slab
I’m building a 44×64 shop just outside of Kansas City.
I have the 4′ and 6′ stem walls (grade change) poured on top of a footing and everything is backfilled inside and out. My next step is installation of the vapor barrier and then insulation board for the radiant floor heating system.
Unfortunately I won’t be able to get started on the actual structure of the shop until next spring…so I’m wondering, do I stop where I am now, or press forward and get the slab poured this fall?
I would love to continue with the shop as the weather is finally going to start cooling down here and I want to use this opportunity to get all of the radiant heat floor provisions installed and covered up with the concrete slab, however my concern is damage to the slab and/or stem walls over the winter – primarily water entering along the edge of the slab where it meets the stem wall and freezing, causing cracks. I will also have a trench floor drain system in part of the building and I’m not sure how that would be impacted by snow and freezing temperatures.
Any thoughts? Am I over-thinking it? Thanks all!
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