How to protect new concrete

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Concrete takes a minimum of 28 days to cure and during that curing period, the concrete is very delicate. If not properly cured or protected it will weaken, crack and stain.
The best thing you can do to new concrete is to apply a Cure and Seal to the surface. There is a bit of confusion about the different types of cure and seals and why they are important.

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How to protect new concrete

  1. 1. How To Protect New Concrete
  2. 2. Concrete takes a minimum of 28 days to cure and during that curing period, the concrete is very delicate. If not properly cured or protected it will weaken, crack and stain. The best thing you can do to new concrete is to apply a Cure and Seal to the surface. There is a bit of confusion about the different types of cure and seals and why they are important.
  3. 3. Importance of a Cure and Seal A cure and seal is not designed to cure concrete faster. It is designed to keep the curing concrete from losing water so it has time to properly set up. Concrete can lose up to 30% of its strength within the first 28 days because it looses too much water too quickly and doesn’t properly cure. The use of a cure and seal allows concrete to live up to its full strength potential.
  4. 4. Types of Cure and Seals There are two primary types of cure and seals; cure and seals designed to provide a lasting aesthetic appeal (decorative cure and seals) and cure and seals that are designed only to protect the surface during the construction phase (dissipating cure and seals). • Decorative cure and seals have been around for decades – they cure the concrete and leave behind an acrylic coating, providing the concrete with a high gloss finish. • Dissipating cure and seals have been around for decades as well, but are usually used by contractors. Dissipating cure and seals will leave behind a coating but the coating is designed to wear off from abrasion and exposure to the sun. By the time the construction project comes to an end, the concrete will be free of any sealer the contractor or homeowner can then apply a waterproofing sealer or decorative sealer to the surface. Its sole purpose is to protect the surface during the curing process. This type of sealer is used on concrete floors, concrete patios, foundations and retaining walls. Learn more/buy cure and sealers.
  5. 5. Visit Us! Learn more about Foundation Armor’s professional grade line of concrete sealers, concrete coatings, concrete cleaners and concrete repair products by visiting FoundationArmor.com or by calling 866-306-0246.

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