With quarantine and Covid-19 still very much being a thing, the DIY concept has grown more mainstream than ever. At Creative Concrete, we’re all for this—after all, learning how to do things with your own two hands is immensely satisfying and can take your mind off of your constant desire to check your news feed. However, we hold true to the fact that there are certain things better left to the professionals, one of which is concrete pouring.
From concrete pool decks to concrete garage floors, it can be tempting to dive headfirst into the wide world of decorative concrete and construct the structure of their dreams. And now, people reason, with remote work being even more relevant, it’s time to try something new!
Take it from the residential concrete contractors at Creative Concrete: don’t try pouring at home. Unlike water, cement, and aggregates, concrete itself and DIY don’t mix. It’s best to leave any pouring work to the professionals.
Why Not To DIY: Three Good Reasons
We don’t care if you’ve extensively researched online or even taken a course in concrete: professionals have the experience that amateurs couldn’t dream of. And when it comes to concrete, having experience is everything. It’s as much an art form as it is a science.
Here are three solid reasons not to get in over your head and attempt to DIY:
● Concrete is finicky | As a construction medium, concrete is tough-as-nails and versatile. Why else would it be such a commonly-used material? However, to achieve all these characteristics, concrete must be poured with an exact concentration of each ingredient. For example, too much aggregate makes a difficult-to-spread substance, and too little of it makes concrete weak. Don’t waste your time with trial and error; call a professional and get the job done right the first time.
● You'll stay within your budget | When things go wrong—as they often do with DIY—the costs can quickly rack up. A professional can better give you an accurate estimate of what any given project will cost, giving you a more stable financial future.
● You might end up with something you hate | Some concrete companies (like us!) also specialize in the designing of stamped concrete structures. Before you realize that you hate that lump of grey slop you just dumped onto your lawn, let us help you create something much more appealing.
Contact Creative Concrete to Make Your Concrete Dreams Reality
Cold weather is closing in, so let’s get to work on your project before winter hits! Give our New Brighton office a call at 612-414-7932.