Why You Shouldn’t DIY Concrete
A well-done DIY project can create a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. The more difficult the project and the better it turns out increases these feelings. However, part of being a good homeowner is knowing when to DIY and when to not. With concrete, it is best to leave it to the professionals.
When to DIY
There are certain considerations to take into account before taking on a project. Some projects are too complicated for the average Joe and there is no shame in leaving it to the professionals.
Here are some things to think about before your next project:
- Level of difficulty
- Mistakes could be costly
- If you execute the job poorly, will it reduce the value of your home
- Do you need a permit?
- Do you need specialized tools?
- How long will it take you vs. a professional
- There’s no warranty on work you perform yourself
- Level of danger
In addition to these considerations, here are some more reasons to call the professionals when it comes to concrete.
The Art of Concrete
Believe it or not, no amount of Googling, YouTube viewing, and library researching can replace years of experience. Sure, most things look easy when watched on a video, but it is really the professionals that make it look easy. When it comes to laying or sealing concrete, every area is different. The area has to be properly prepped before anything is done to it. It is years of experience, as well as professional equipment and products, that make the difference between a quality end product and a poor one.
DIY vs Professional
It takes more than a powerwash to prep the surface for a concrete stain or sealer. Stains, chips, cracks, residue of previous sealers, and ground-in dirt need to be dealt with before any project is attempted. A professional will have the knowledge and the equipment to ensure the surface is properly prepared. The better the surface is prepared, the better overlays, stains, and sealers will bond with the surface. This means the product will not fade, chip, or peel over time. Plus, the overall composition of the concrete needs to be assessed, which will aid in picking the right products. Professional products are enhanced with agents that allow them to react more efficiently. They have a better mixing consistency, which creates a stronger final product. Your home DIY kit simply isn’t strong enough and you may not have the skills or equipment needed to create a great looking end product.
Save your DIY fervor for less ambitious projects.
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