ISE Logik can make the difference in your roof decks, too.
To help you understand the major issues associated with moisture mitigation in roofing systems, let’s start with some
basics: Curing and Drying
The Purpose of Curing
To prevent the loss of moisture from the slab and, when needed, supply additional moisture to maintain favorable conditions for the concrete to mature. It occurs after the concrete has been placed. When properly cured, the concrete is given the right temperature and amount of time, and sufficient moisture, to develop its performance properties: strength, durability, stability, and resistance to abrasion, scaling, and freeze/thaw. Water is needed for hydration to continue to ensure the concrete is strong and the surface of the slab performs as intended.
Drying is the “Evaporative” Process
A mass transfer process to remove water from a material; in this case the concrete. Compare that with one of the fundamental goals of “curing” which is to keep the water in the concrete so it can gain strength.
The drying process occurs due to the evaporation of moisture from the slab, and the location’s environmental conditions will determine how long the process takes.
You Should Also Consider Dew Point
How many days of the year do you have dew form in areas where you have projects? Each dew cycle likely re-saturates the concrete slab surface, potentially up to and including the planned date of roofing installation.
- The drying of a concrete roof deck is not determined by a set number of days (28 days for example) or the amount of water in the mix.
- Roofing projects are commonly delayed because of long drying times and drying/wetting cycles due to inclement weather events.
- A typical specification may state what the compressive strength of the concrete should be at an age of 28 days or such earlier age as the concrete is to receive its full-service load or maximum stress. “28 days” is not related to “curing”.
A Word About Moisture Sources …
ISE Logik for Roofing Solutions
So, how does a roofing contractor go about achieving the best roof assembly design and install for a project? First, it’s important to be mindful of all the potential sources of moisture in a roof assembly—and all potential sources should be proactively addressed. A vapor retarder for vapor diffusion, air barriers for air leakage and air intrusion, and MVRA 900 for concrete moisture vapor emissions. For examples of ISE Logik work in roofing systems, see our Project Profiles.
As an associate member of SPRI (Singe Ply Roofing Industry), Principal of ISE Logik, Dean Craft, spearheads our interaction with the leading authority on single-ply roofing, and is a leading member of the ASTM D08 committee on Roofing and Waterproofing.