For many concrete contractors, it seems that all projects taking placing in late fall end up being "rush" jobs to beat the cold weather. But even contractors who don't work in areas with the potential for bad winter weather find that jobs get pushed and squeezed at the end of the year. Some projects are budgeted to be completed by year-end, so customers press their contractors to finish on schedule. The need to occupy building, retail, or parking space can also push a customer's hot button.

Whatever the reason, being rushed to finish a job can compel a concrete contractor to cut corners. The veteran contractor realizes, however, that such an emotional response to customers can negatively impact workmanship quality. Here are some strategies concrete contractors have used to cope with rush jobs.