Overseeing Your First Concrete Project

While it is a fact that concrete is an extremely common building material, there are still many homeowners that will simply be unprepared for their paving project. In particular, many homeowners come across confusing or confliction information that makes it even harder to move forward out their paving project. Here are 3 debunked myths about using concrete. 

Myth: Quick Dry Concrete Will Be Finished After a Single Day

Opting for instant or quick-dry cement can be an attractive option as homeowners will normally want to keep these projects as short as possible. However, it is important to note that this type of concrete will still require some time to fully cure. While the outer layer of this type of concrete may harden very rapidly, the interior will still need between several days to several weeks to fully cure. During this time, the concrete surface should be treated with care, which involves not parking on it or putting other extremely heavy objects on it. These actions can interfere with the curing process and expose the concrete to a risk of cracking.

Myth: You Don't Need a Frame if the Area Being Paved Is Excavated

Framing the area where the concrete is going to be poured will almost always be the first step in the process. When a homeowner is starting their first concrete pour, they might think that they can skip the framing step if they have excavated the area that is to be paved. This is based on the assumption that the soil walls will be sufficient for holding the concrete in place. However, this is unlikely to be sufficient as there will be a risk of sections of the soil collapsing, and it can lead to the cement becoming contaminated.

Myth: Concrete Should Be Sealed as Soon as It Is Hard

Sealing a concrete surface can be a great way of helping to extend its lifespan as it will protect it against water damage. However, applying the seal coat too soon after the pavement has been poured can damage it. This occurs due to the sealant keeping water trapped inside the concrete rather than being able to vent out as it evaporates. In addition to causing the curing and drying process to take far longer, this can also alter the concrete in a way that will permanently weaken it. Homeowners are typically advised to wait several weeks after the pour before sealing it to ensure that it will not encounter this problem.

To learn more about concrete, contact local contractors such as Curb Design.