On a previous driveway at another house, I had been told to keep it wet for at least a few days to improve the strength of the driveway, especially at the surface. I was also told there are curing compounds that could be used instead. The contractor said neither was really necessary this time given the relatively low temperatures.
Is this good advice? Should I be doing anything at this point or is it too late to bother?
Temperatures are going to be highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s this week with somewhat higher humidity and mostly sunny. The contractor is supposed to apply some type of concrete sealer, presumably when they come to remove the forms later this week.
Any information greatly appreciated. I'd like to keep the surface looking as good as possible for many years, especially given the cold winters, freeze/thaw cycles and road salt used on the street that will invariably come onto the driveway. Keeping it constantly wet is not possible due to city watering codes, though I am permitted to keep it wet for a few hours in the morning and evening for the first week if that would help at this point.
Finally, I know cracks will appear at some point. Should they be filled or sealed somehow, or just left alone? I assume some of the cracks will appear in the control joints. Should those joints also be sealed or filled at some point to keep water and salt from getting into the slab?