Quikrete concrete mix drying time
Quikrete is a fast setting concrete mix is a special blend of fast-setting cements, sand and gravel that dries faster than concrete. Quikrete concrete mix drying time varies on the amount used. Quikrete is used for repairing and setting fence posts, mailbox posts, deck posts and swing posts. It is also used for building sidewalks and steps.
Concrete is made by mixing aggregate of cement water and gravel. It is a common building material because its constituents are abundant, simple and inexpensive. It is moldable, versatile to make and suitable for a wide range of projects. In addition, it is resistant to fire, decay, extreme temperature, water and rot. But on the down side, it takes too long to dry and a little technical to work with.
Quikrete product are inexpensive solution for repairing minor damages to concrete structures or coating surfaces for quality maintenance. They also solve the problem of technicality faced with concrete; they make minor repairs a do it yourself (DIY) thing.
How long does it take for quikrete concrete mix to dry?
The drying time for quikrete mix varies with a lot of factors. Typically the drying time is 20 to 40 minutes but then one has to consider the volume to be mixed and, the quikrete concrete mix used and the type of project you are working on.
Posts set with fast-setting quikrete concrete will set in 20 minutes. Wait for four hours before hanging heavy objects from poles (such as basketball backboards).
Proper curing of all cement mixes is necessary for maximum strength to be achieved. Concrete which has been moist-cured will be approximately 50% stronger than that exposed to dry air. Concrete reaches 98% of its strength in 28 days.
For repairing open holes especially left from casting, drying should take less than 16 hours. However, if the concrete is used to fill holes up to 2 inches, it might take more than 24 hours to dry properly. Especially if the humidity in the room is low.
Steps and ramp building
Steps constructed from QUIKRETE® Concrete Mix or QUIKRETE® 5000High Early Strength Concrete Mix are attractive and durable, and can provide good traction is moist weather. After curing the concrete with with QUIKRETE®Acrylic Concrete Cure & Seal, it will take up to 24 hours for the concrete to dry. Keep in mind that proper curing of all concrete mixes is essential in order for maximum strength to be achieved.
Quikrete is a wonderful alternative to mixing concrete from scratch. It dries up super-fast and also gives attractive and strong result. However, you have to neglect consider what you are building, repairing and other factors such as temperature and humidity before believing that your quikrete concrete mix will dry up in 40 minutes.