creating a patio that you love

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3 Common Mistakes Homeowners Make When Working With Concrete

by Jennifer Fernandez

On paper, working with concrete seems simple enough that many homeowners elect to undertake basic paving projects themselves. Yet it is easy to underestimate the difficulties involved in this process. If you have plans to tackle a concrete paving project, read on. This article will teach you about three common mistakes to avoid.

Not ordering enough of it.

Working with concrete demands a certain amount of precision. You must carefully measure the dimensions of the concrete surface. This allows you to determine the precise quantity of supplies you'll need. Yet remember that, to a degree, working with concrete is also an inexact science.

There will always be factors out of your control, and things that don't go quite how you had expected. Thus, even if your calculations are correct, it's a good idea to order a bit more concrete than needed. After all, it's much better to end up with an excess at the end of the project than to run out midway.

Failing to take the weather into consideration.

Indoors concrete projects present little need for worry where weather is concerned. Yet Mother Nature can turn even the simplest of outdoor concrete projects into an utter nightmare. For that reason, you must be sure to consult weather forecasts when planning your project.

Because it can turn the surface to a soupy, diluted mess, rain is the most obvious enemy of fresh concrete. Yet dry, sunny weather can be just as bad. That's because excessive heat will cause the surface of the concrete to dry more quickly, thus leading to the formation of unsightly--and potentially disastrous--cracks.

Moderate temperatures and an overcast sky are the ideal concrete pouring conditions. If there is no way you can avoid the sun and the heat, consider renting some concrete sun shades from your local home improvement store. By protecting the surface of the concrete from direct exposure to sun, you can avoid the internal temperature variations that lead to cracking.

Adding extra water to help get a smooth finish.

Once the concrete is poured, the surface must be troweled in order to create a smooth, attractive finish. This is a task that beginners often struggle with. In order to make it easier, many people give in to the temptation to add extra water, thus softening the top of the concrete and making it easier to spread smooth.

Unfortunately, this strategy will backfire down the line--even if it seems to work in the short term. By diluting the consistency of the concrete, you change its chemical makeup in subtle ways. This can greatly increase the risk of your concrete flaking or chipping away as time goes on. To learn more about this topic, speak with a concrete business. 


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