On average, it takes concrete roughly 3 days to dry or cure enough to handle pedestrian traffic, while vehicle traffic should stay clear of curing concrete for approximately 7 days. Despite this initial stage, concrete continues to harden for years, becoming stronger in the process.
Curing is a vital final step, and the manner in which the concrete is cured could impact its drying time. Concrete hardens as a result of a chemical reaction involving finely ground chemicals within the concrete and water in the mix, which is otherwise known as hydration. During the time the concrete is hardening, it is important to maintain a temperature between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and to provide the appropriate amount of water for the solution, if necessary.