How to Avoid DIY Concrete Overlay and Decorative Disasters
There are all sorts of DIY (Do It Yourself) projects that homeowners will attempt in order to help reduce costs and save some money. While some of these projects are well within most homeowners’ skill sets, plenty of projects should be left to the professionals.
You might be surprised by how many people attempt DIY concrete overlays and decorative concrete projects. However, once they get started, they realize they will not get the results they desire, leading to them calling in a concrete expert to help.
As such, it is highly recommended to leave residential concrete projects to professionals to avoid DIY concrete overlay and decorative for the following reasons and benefits:
#1. Decorative concrete overlays require the proper equipment.
Even if you are considering decorative concrete overlays over existing concrete flooring, a lot of work needs to be done to ensure the surface is properly prepared. For instance, the surface of the concrete has to be cleaned and ground down using the right equipment.
If you use the wrong equipment, you could crack or break the concrete. As you can imagine, when you make more of a mess of your concrete project, you will end up spending a lot more money to have the damages repaired and the project completed correctly.
#2. It can be difficult to mix concrete to the right consistency.
There is a careful balance between water, cement, sand, and other materials that are used to mix concrete. If you add too much of one and not enough of the other, the concrete could harden quickly, be difficult to mix, and not deliver the desired results.
For example, adding too much water will weaken the concrete and lead to cracking. Conversely, not having sufficient water will make it difficult to smooth and stamp the concrete with the overlay you want.
#3. Gain access to different customization and design options.
It is not uncommon for you to have an idea of how you want your concrete overlay to look when you are done. However, translating from your mind to reality on your own could end badly.
You may not like how the design looks or have problems stamping the concrete the way you wanted it. By relying on concrete professionals, you’ll access their expertise while transforming your design ideas into reality.
#4. You do not have to worry about having the right clothing and safety gear.
Even though pouring concrete does not seem like you would need special clothing, you would be wrong to think so. You need safety goggles, earplugs, long pants, rubber boots, special work gloves, and long-sleeved shirts, for starters.
#5. You are not left attempting to do the work alone.
One problem with DIY projects is when you have to rely on friends and family for help. Yet, when it comes time to do the concrete project, your friends and family may have forgotten, made other plans, or changed their minds because they realize it is too complex of a project.
By hiring professionals from the start, you can sit back, relax, and watch as they do all the work. Plus, you do not have to worry about any heavy lifting or other physical labor that could result in personal injuries.
#6. You will not waste your weekends trying to complete the project.
Another drawback to DIY concrete projects is they can be time-consuming and involve multiple weekends. In addition, your weekend plans could quickly change if the weather gets too hot, rains, or gets too cold.
What you thought would take a few weekends to complete could easily extend out months or longer. If you quickly lose interest, the project could go unfinished. By using a concrete contractor, they will be able to complete your project more quickly since they know what they are doing and how to work around weather delays.
#7. Contractors will choose the right concrete for your project.
There are different mixtures and types of concrete that are used for various applications. You need to know which mixture and type you will need for your project. If you select the wrong concrete base, the concrete may not last or deliver the results you wanted.
When to Call a Concrete Professional
As you can see, there are several benefits from calling a concrete professional at the start of your decorative concrete overlay project. By using a professional, you’ll ensure the right concrete is used, and you’ll end up with the results you desire.
With over 30 years of experience in the concrete and construction industries, you can rely on Cross Construction Services to ensure your residential concrete project is successful. For further information about our residential concrete services or to request a free project estimate, please feel free to contact us at 713-254-1703 today!