The decisions that you make at the start of construction can have the greatest effect on the success of the entire project. Because building owners and developers are responsible for completing projects on schedule, on budget, and safely, it’s imperative that each material used during construction contributes to that goal and withstands the elements.
Choosing a rapid drying concrete for your project, a concrete that dries uniformly, can mean the difference between flooring failures, costly repairs, and construction delays and overruns.
Concrete that Dries from the Top Down
Standard concrete mixtures dry from the top down. The problem with this is that you can never really tell if the concrete slab is completely dry. If your concrete appears dry then you won’t hesitate to continue your project and begin laying your flooring.
What happens as concrete continues to dry, even with flooring over it, bubbles can form or floor curling can take place, leaving you with floor failures. Floor failures are not only unattractive but they can also result in safety concerns, especially within schools and hospital settings.
When flooring failures occur, it’s your responsibility to make the repairs and implement moisture mitigation treatments to ensure that no more failures occur. These types of repairs are costly and also mean extra time spent on a project that could have already been completed.
Concrete that Dries Uniformly
With rapid-drying concrete, you can reduce your risk of flooring failure from the start of construction. Rapid-drying concrete dries uniformly and in most instances, allows flooring to be installed in as little as 45 days. Rapid-drying concrete creates the most amount of dryness possible in concrete. Rapid drying concrete drying time is accelerated as opposed to traditional concrete mixes.
Rapid-drying concrete resists rewetting during and after construction and enables faster, safer flooring installations without the need for costly topical moisture mitigation treatments. Your risk of alkali and pH issues, sick building syndrome, and air quality issues associated with mold and mildew damage are also significantly lowered due to quicker drying times. Because these issues are eliminated by the use of rapid-drying concrete, you will not have to fear the risk of future repairs and significant spending on additional construction.
Rapid-drying concrete also produces high early strength, which leads to increased speed to market. Though there is still drying time with any type of concrete, by taking advantage of rapid-drying concrete you are able to use the concrete slab during construction for other industries or trades to put down their materials, such as steel, keeping your project on schedule and on budget