Officially defined as “action taken to maintain moisture and temperature conditions in a freshly placed cementious mixture” to allow for hydration, curing is a critical part of working with concrete. In their October newsletter, CP Road Map briefs on the ins and outs of concrete curing. 

A critical part of curing is making sure that there is enough time given to the hydration process before proceeding to the next step. This brief goes over why curing is important, properties that can be affected by curing, how curing is achieved, curing compounds, and the different ways of curing. 

Curing is a relatively low cost activity that provides benefits well beyond the effort. The fundamentals are simple—keep it wet and keep it warm. The details, however, need to be worked out for each project depending on the weather, materials, and construction constraints.

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