Curing Concrete and Protecting your Slab
Curing your concrete slab is one of the best ways you can preserve the integrity of the concrete and reduce the probability of cracks, curing will have a major impact on your final product.
Uncured slabs of concrete will likely develop a pattern of fine cracks known as shrinkage cracks and will not be strong enough to withstand years of weather and use, curing concrete gives the concrete what it needs to maintain its strength and last for years.
Keeping Concrete Damp
The main goal when curing is to keep the concrete damp and at the right temperature which the ideal temperature range for curing is between 50 and 80 degrees . First and foremost, you must keep exposed concrete surfaces moist while it is hydrating.
When the concrete is first laid, the bleed waters will rise as the concrete settles. During the period, if the bleed waters are evaporating from the surface of the cement faster than they are rising from the cement, then you’ll need to cure the surface or else end up with shrinkage cracks.
Choosing your Curing Method
Once you have determined that you will need to cure your concrete there are two different ways to go about it. You can add water to the surface to replace the water that is evaporating or you can seal the concrete to prevent the water from evaporating or you can do a combination of both.
It is important to understand that any type of concrete, whether it is colored, stamped or stained, must be cured.
It is best to use liquid curing compounds when curing colored concrete. The curing with sealer keeps the moisture in the concrete and allows for a good cure on the concrete’s surface.
All the work Maximus Concrete do as soon as the concrete is placed and finished we apply a cure and seal, why? we can’t cure with water right-way or that would ruin the finish, so cure and seal is often your best bet.