My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Concrete is one of the most widespread building materials on the planet. It is so common that you will rarely spend a day without seeing it in one form or another. However, not many people understand the process behind making concrete. This article will introduce one crucial aspect of the process: concrete blankets.
What is a concrete blanket?
In order to understand what a concrete blanket is, one must first understand the general process of making concrete. By its most basic definition, concrete is a mixture of aggregate, water, and cement. The specific proportions and contents of each element result in different attributes in the final product. Once the ingredients are mixed, they must be laid quickly in the desired pattern before they harden. After the concrete has been laid and hardened, then it is fairly weak. At this point, steps are taken to cure the concrete. This is where concrete blankets are used.
The curing of concrete is a precise process which relies on a very controlled environment. It consists of humidifying the concrete while maintaining a stable, wet environment. In order to create those specific conditions, curing blankets are often used. Curing blankets are generally made of lightweight, inexpensive materials such as plastic and are intended to be disposable. They help prevent any disturbance to the concrete during the curing while simultaneously keeping costs to a minimum.
What exactly does the curing process do?
The use of concrete blankets is critical to the curing process, which generally results in stronger, harder concrete that is less permeable and resistant to cracking. If the curing is interrupted, then the concrete might result in shrinkage, reduced tensile strength, or even a susceptibility to abrasion.
Where would I buy concrete blankets?
Many businesses sell concrete blankets online, but you can also find them in many home-improvement stores. However, you might only find generic brands at brick-and-mortar locations, so the best course of action would be to thoroughly research the different kinds of concrete blankets, which can differ based on material, thickness, and cost. Thicker blankets tend to be more expensive, but also better suited for inhospitable environments.
This basic introduction to concrete blankets should help you get a better understanding of how concrete works. If you plan on setting concrete of your own, hopefully you are better-prepared for the process of curing your concrete and more aware of the usefulness of concrete blankets.