All precasters know that concrete isn’t dried; it’s cured. But what does concrete curing mean, and what does it entail? The answers to those questions aren’t always clear.
At Del Zotto Products, we produce high-quality steel forms for precast, dry cast and ready-mix concrete. Whatever project you’re working on, we have the forms for you. And while you’re building with concrete, take some time to learn all about concrete curing.
The Concrete Curing Process
Water, aggregate and cement are mixed together to form a compound. This combination forms a fluid mass that can be shaped into anything an individual wants. After it has been shaped, the cement forms a hard matrix that binds all of the materials together. This process of concrete curing yields a durable, stone-like product which is used in the construction of roads, dams and other significant features. After the concrete has been set, curing begins. Setting can take anywhere from hours to days to weeks, depending on the magnitude of the project.
Why Does Concrete Curing Matter?
Regardless of the project, concrete must be properly cured to ensure maximum strength and durability. The longer concrete cures, the stronger it becomes. The hydration and hardening of concrete during the first three days of setting is critical to the concrete’s effectiveness and longevity. Precasters should take care to minimize stress placed on the concrete during this time to minimize cracking. When concrete curing is done properly, it results in increased strength, lower permeability and higher resistance to cracking.
No matter what kind of project you’re using concrete for, you can ensure its success by allowing proper concrete curing. If stress is kept to a minimum during the curing process, you can expect that the concrete will hold up for a long time.
Del Zotto Products has the forms to suit your precast concrete needs. If you’d like to learn more about utilizing our products, get in touch using our contact page or connect on social media.