Concrete, Curing

Concrete cures through a chemical process called hydration, wherein water reacts with cement compounds to form a binding gel known as calcium-silicate-hydrate (C-S-H). This gel gradually solidifies, interlocking with aggregate particles and imparting strength to the material. The hydration reaction generates heat, promoting setting and early strength development. Maintaining optimal moisture and temperature conditions during the curing period, typically around 7 days or more, allows the reaction to progress uniformly, resulting in a durable and resilient concrete structure with minimized cracking and enhanced long-term performance.