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How Do I Prevent Cracks Forming In Concrete?

Concrete is one of the most long-lasting and durable materials used for floors, but there is also a very methodical process behind it. This process, when done correctly, can ultimately help maximise the lifespan of your concrete, also minimising the formation of cracks. 

Reduce The Water In The Concrete -

You don't always need a lot of water in concrete for it to reach its maximum strength, although adding excess water can make concrete easier to work with at the time, it doesn't always work out better in the long run.

It can actually reduce the strength of your concrete, compare it to when your diluting powder with a liquid for example, the more liquid you add, the more the powder will disintegrate. 

Cure The Concrete Properly -

It's crucial that concrete has a few days to cure. if the concrete dries too fast, there is a high chance that it will crack.

The chemical reaction happening within the concrete where it goes from liquid to solid is called hydration, as the name suggests it requires water. 

You need to ensure the concrete is properly cured by making sure the necessary water is within and soaking the curing concrete. 

Using High-Quality Materials Which Are Properly Mixed -

One of the most important factors to consider is the use of good-quality concrete if you want it to be resistant to cracks. Additionally whilst pouring the concrete you need to ensure it is an adequate amount because if the layer is too-thin it will almost certainly crack. 

Although we have listed some key points above in helping to prevent cracks in your concrete, the truth is, some cracks just can't be avoided no matter the steps and actions taken. 

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