Rapid-drying concrete’s benefits are two-fold: the mitigation of moisture damage risk and the immediate acceleration of construction. Owners, general contractors and designers are all, in the end, beneficiaries of the advantages rapid-drying concrete provides. Architects want the most effective materials for their project and the protection of their reputation. General contractors want to please the owner by constructing a facility on budget and on schedule. Owners, meanwhile, want to see their facility become operational as fast as possible so revenue streams can be quickly realized. These goals, however, are unobtainable without dependable, predictable building materials.
Why ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete?
Conventional concrete is the only building material without a set “ready date,” making the formation of concrete slabs one of the most volatile phases of construction. In order to mitigate not only the financial losses from delays, but also the potential damages from excess moisture, topical moisture mitigation applications are applied to the surface of concrete slabs. These moisture mitigation tactics don’t come without cost as the topical applications themselves are expensive and require additional time for installation. Furthermore, the use of topical applications doesn’t guarantee protection from moisture-induced damages.
Enter ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete, which has a guaranteed drying time of 45 days. Conventional concrete slabs can take months to dry to target relative humidity (RH) levels before flooring can be installed. That’s months of lost potential earnings from facility operations and also months of continuous payments for contractors, workers and capital equipment. By drying uniformly, ARIDUS’ self-desiccating concrete product does not require costly topical applications and gives owners a predictable product that can be conveniently scheduled in a fast track construction timeline.
When Can Flooring Be Installed?
With the installation of flooring being the next phase of construction following the curing of the concrete slabs, the concrete must reach the target RH levels. Slabs must have an RH of less than 80% before the application of flooring can be considered. A relative humidity probe test is one of the most effective ways to measure whether the concrete has dried to an acceptable level. Test holes will reach 40% of a slab’s total thickness in order to account for moisture throughout the slab, not just at the surface. ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete will reach RH levels of nearly 70% after a month of curing.
ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete Revolutionizes Concrete Construction
Conventional concrete continues to make its flaws known. When excess moisture is present in a concrete slab, the risk of warping dramatically increases. Warping, when the edges of the concrete bend upwards, has plagued concrete construction for decades. This occurs when the top and bottom of a slab contain starkly different levels of moisture and when water-to-cement ratios (W/C) are unfavorable.
ARIDUS Rapid Drying Concrete dries uniformly, effectively eliminating construction delays, liabilities and flooring repairs associated with conventional concrete materials. This allows owners to see their fast track construction projects finish far sooner and operation revenue to flow through potentially months in advance. Combined with its sheer speed (45-day guarantee), ARIDUS is a must-have building material for any speed to revenue initiatives in construction.