Pros & Cons of Wet Curing

Posted on: 7 June 2019

Whether you are installing a concrete driveway, patio, or walkway, you may have the option to do a wet or dry-curing process. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of wet curing to help you decide which solution is the best. 

Pro: Wet curing processes help you obtain a finished product that is more resilient. 

When concrete is wet cured, the end product tends to be more string and dense than concrete that is dry cured the traditional way. This is the number one reason homeowners will opt for the wet-curing method. The moisture helps the particles within the concrete bind more securely, which means a firmer finished product that is less prone to breakage under stress. 

Con: Wet curing concrete can take a lot of time for a short period. 

When you opt for the wet-curing method, you will have to work to make sure the concrete stays moist while it is curing. This means that you will have to occasionally hose down the concrete with water. For some homeowners, this constant watering process can be a bit of a hassle, but if you really desire the finish and durability that wet curing provides, it is well worth the time and effort. 

Pro: Wet curing makes concrete more resilient to water when finished. 

One of the bigger perks of wet-cured concrete is that it repels water so easily once it is fully cured. The finished product is less porous because calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) inside the mixture will become like a binding gel when consistently hydrated during the curing process. This "gel" fills those pores and tiny openings where water would normally slip into the hardened surface of the slab. With wet curing, water is more likely to bead on the surface than to absorb into the concrete. 

Con: The wet curing process can take a lot of water. 

If you live in an area where outdoor water use is restricted to certain times of the day or only so many gallons per week, the wet-curing method for concrete may not be the best solution. Likewise, if you do not have access to ample water supplies because you rely on something like a cistern or well, wet curing can be problematic because you will need quite a bit of water to complete the curing process. This is especially true if you have a rather large area of concrete to treat, such as a long driveway or large patio area. 

If you are using a concrete ready mix, contact local contractors to learn more about whether the wet- or dry-curing process is ideal for you.

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