Importance of Curing Concrete
Even though concrete is a durable and attractive construction material, you should consider curing it to ensure the beauty, durability, and crack-resistance for years to come. Curing concrete slabs will help it to:
1- Strengthen the concrete as it retains moisture in the slab
2- Make the concrete more resistant to shrinkage cracking
Techniques for Curing Concrete
Apply the curing compounds as soon as the concrete is finished. These chemicals include water-based and acrylic liquids, chlorinated rubber, resins, and waxes. They are sprayed into the concrete to create an impermeable membrane that reduces the loss of moisture from the freshly placed concrete.
The concrete is hosed down frequently with water, flooded, or pounded. That is the most effective technique for preventing mix water evaporation. Just keep in mind to allow proper time for water curing and don’t let it get too cold.
Water Retaining Techniques
Use coverings such as burlap, canvas, sand, or straw that are kept continuously wet. Regardless of the material you select, it must be damp throughout the curing process.
Plastic Film Seal or Waterproof Paper
Use this method only when the concrete is hard enough to resist surface damage. This covering is an effective barrier to control the moisture losses from the surface of the concrete slab. Just keep in mind that a plastic film may cause discoloration of the concrete. Do not apply to concrete where the look and feel is a concern.
In sum, curing concrete improves its characteristics such as durability, strength, faster tightness, and wear resistance. Make sure to contact experts for your next project. We offer fast, cost-effective, and long-lasting methods of concrete leveling, stabilization, or lifting techniques. Call us at (303) 775-3860 to speak to one of our concrete specialists.