What Is the Curing Time for Concrete Poured for a 4" Thick Driveway?


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Concrete curing times can vary depending on environmental factors, such as moisture and temperature. However, properly cured concrete should reach 100% strength in approximately 28 days if the concrete is poured correctly and the curing compound is applied in a timely fashion.

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The curing process is designed to protect the surface of the concrete and seal in the moisture to allow the concrete to dry slowly and uniformly. It is important to apply the curing compound immediately after pouring before heat or wind speeds up the drying process. If concrete dries too quickly, it may crack unpredictably or become weaker than it would have been if properly cured. Proper curing purposely causes the concrete to crack along the joints instead of randomly throughout the slab.

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