Concrete is one of the most skilled construction materials known to man. Available as ready-mixed concrete or volumetric concrete, however you choose to use your latest batch, you need to consider the drying time. The correct drying and curing of your concrete has a direct impact on the strength of the material once it is dry. Attempting to rush the process can result in structural weaknesses in the concrete, which can prove disastrous to your building project.
Here at Easycrete, we have been supplying concrete solutions to customers in Woking and beyond for many years, and we know a thing or two about the laying and drying of our products. Here are some handy hints to speed up the drying time of your concrete Woking, without compromising the strength of the material.
Before You Pour
There are certain steps you can take before you begin pouring your concrete that can have a positive impact on the drying time. Here are some of the most effective ones.
Keep an eye on the weather
It will likely come as no surprised that the optimum weather conditions for laying and drying concrete are those where the day is sunny, warm, and dry. If the timescale for your building project permits it, hang fire until the forecast shows a sunny day on the horizon.
Use warmer water
At its heart, the curing of concrete is a chemical reaction and, as with many of these, it can be sped up by using warmer water in the mix. Just be sure to stop at warm: really hot water is more likely to damage the material.
Use less water
This suggestion should come as no surprise to any of our Woking customers. Simply put, the damper the mix, the longer it’s going to take to cure and set. Using a little less water will give you a thicker mix that will dry quicker. However, as with our warm water suggestion, don’t make the mix too dry, as it will become too thick to be workable. Speak to the staff at Easycrete for the ideal amount of water to produce a fast-setting but practical concrete mix.
After You Pour
Once you have poured your volumetric concrete or your ready-mixed concrete, there are additional steps you can take to improve the drying process. Here are a few of the best.
Use the right trowelling technique
If you utilise a hard-trowelling technique on wet concrete, often you are inadvertently extending the drying time. Pushing hard onto the concrete mix causes vents and air-pockets within the formulation to collapse, creating a denser material that takes much longer to dry.
Use a heater
If the weather in Woking is not conducive to drying concrete, you can always take matters you’re your own hands and make use of heating apparatus. Whether a warm air heater, a heating mat, or some other solution, these can prove most effective in drying out concrete. Just be sure to keep it gentle: extreme heat will end up baking your concrete rather than drying it, leaving it brittle.
For all your volumetric concrete and ready mixed concrete Woking needs in and around the South East region, including Woking and beyond, give Easycretea call today on 01342 893 289. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to provide you with all the information you need, as well as a free, no-obligation quote.