Salt does not typically harden cement or concrete in Melbourne or anywhere else. In fact, salt can have adverse effects on concrete and may contribute to its deterioration.
When salt comes into contact with concrete, especially in areas with freeze-thaw cycles or high moisture content, it can lead to a phenomenon called salt scaling or spalling. The salt can enter the pores of the concrete, absorb water, and then expand as it freezes, causing internal pressure and subsequent damage to the concrete surface. This can result in the formation of cracks, flakes, or spalls on the concrete.
In Melbourne, where there can be significant variations in temperature and occasional exposure to de-icing salts or saltwater, the risk of salt-related damage to concrete can be present. It is important to take preventive measures to protect concrete structures, such as applying appropriate sealers or coatings, using proper de-icing practices, and avoiding direct salt exposure.
If you are looking to harden or strengthen concrete, it is recommended to follow standard industry practices such as using the correct concrete mix design, adequate curing methods, and appropriate reinforcement techniques. These measures, combined with proper maintenance, will help ensure the longevity and durability of concrete structures in Melbourne. Give the professional concrete cutters at Bullseye Concrete Cutting Melbourne a call today to find out more.