Concrete Curing Blankets
Concrete curing has always been a challenge in cold weather. Historically, experts have employed many different methods in order to aid in and speed up the curing process. Some methods are better than others. The best, in our opinion, is using concrete curing blankets from Powerblanket. Here’s why:
Why Electric Concrete Curing Blankets?
When placing concrete in cold weather, protecting the asset (the concrete) is not optional. For years now, experts have used insulated blankets to both protect the concrete and speed the curing process at the same time. Concrete cures due to a chemical reaction that generates heat as a byproduct. So insulating the concrete allows that heat to be trapped and used to aid in the curing process. Concrete cures fastest in very warm conditions, so this makes the use of an insulated blanket a practical and theoretically sound practice.
Of course, the use of traditional concrete curing blankets isn’t the only method employed among professionals. Other common curing interventions include:
- Chemical additives
- Hydronic heating systems
- Electrically-powered concrete curing blankets
- Poly/tarp cover with forced air heat applied
Sometimes the circumstance will allow for the luxury of a postponed pour, in order to take advantage of an expected temperature change. But more often than not, schedules and deadlines make it imperative to institute curing assistance to get through less-than-favorable weather.
This is where Powerblanket Concrete Curing Blankets come in. As much as traditional curing blankets aid in protecting and accelerating the curing process, Powerblanket curing blankets provide both insulation and heat, protecting and accelerating all the more. Our patented blend of technology delivers an even distribution of electrical heat to the surface area of the blanket, trapping the heat of the chemical reaction in the concrete and adding the additional heat needed to accelerate the process even further.
Since Powerblanket Concrete Curing Blankets insulate and heat, they effectively accommodate the hydration of the concrete as well. How well do they really work? Take a look at our case study to see an example of curing nearly three times as fast with our blankets.
The technology behind Powerblanket curing blankets serves to achieve several primary objectives, including:
- Preventing damage as a result of freezing in the early stage of curing
- Producing sufficient, specified strengths in a timely manner
- Insuring durability and long-term structural integrity
- Keeping projects on schedule, regardless of weather
So before you’re faced with a project that must go on despite inclement temperatures, make sure you have a plan on how to protect your concrete and keep your deadlines met. When considering the options you have before you, we’re confident you’ll find our solution to be the best answer out there.
Read the Case Study for Evidence that Powerblanket Concrete Curing Blankets:
- Cured concrete 2.8 times faster than conventional insulated blankets
- Cured concrete 1.7 times faster without adding additional heat (un-powered)
- Produced cold weather concreting strength of 3,925 psi in 72 hours
- Maintain moisture throughout hydrating process
- Maintain ACI compliance for cold-weather concreting