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When Can I Walk on Concrete?

Most people having some form of concrete work done want to know when is it safe to walk on the freshly cured concrete? You can walk on freshly cured concrete after 24-48 hours, this figure depends on the time of year. In the summer months, the length of time can be less due to the hot weather, whereas the winter has more moisture in the year meaning the concrete can take a little longer.

Concrete is a mixture that requires hydration in the from of water to bond and create the substance, so naturally the hydration levels need to dry out and set. Concrete can be used for many different types of areas in your home or in public spaces, such as driveways and sidewalks. Walking on a sidewalk versus driving on a driveway means different lengths of time for curement to take place. Again, depending on the temperature you can use a driveway 7-10 days after the concrete has been poured. Taking less time if the weather is warm versus a longer period due to cold weather or moisture in the air. However, if it is an area that has heavy traffic, eg a large weighted truck or regular use, then it can be best to wait up to 14 days to ensure the concrete has set properly.

Concrete can also be used as the base for many homes and buildings, be that to create them or to extend them. Depending on what is going on top of the concrete base, will depend on whether there is a shorter or longer period of time to wait before you can stand, walk or use the concrete area without causing damage.