Concrete Curing Agent


Concrete Curing Agent - Overview

 

Curing agent is sprayed on to a freshly poured concrete slab.  This slows down the curing process which can help prevent the concrete slab cracking.  It is widely used in the Summer months.

 


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In order to properly cure concrete it is vital to ensure that concrete is kept as moist as possible for the first seven days after pouring. The most effective way to do this is by applying a curing agent to form a membrane over the surface of the concrete which will lock the moisture in place and prevent freshly poured concrete from drying out.

Curing agents help to maintain a level of moisture in concrete that allows the cement to gain strength over the first seven days of curing. Without the use of a curing agent, cement may dry out too quickly, shrink excessively and form cracks. Additionally, without maintaining the level of moisture content within the concrete, it may cure to only 50% the strength of its potential.


Concrete Curing Agent Application

Curing agents are designed to form a solid membrane on all surfaces of the concrete in order to fully trap in moisture. For this reason it is vitally important to apply a curing agent as soon as finishing is complete.

Apply the concrete curing agent to the freshly finished concrete either by roller, or spray. Then, leave the concrete to cure for a minimum of seven days before any more work is carried out.

Curing times may vary depending on a number of variables including concrete composition and environmental factors, but can typically last for many weeks and will continue to strengthen for decades after pouring due to the conversion of Calcium Hydroxide to Calcium Carbonate.