The most common issue do-it-yourselfers have when pouring concrete is not being thoroughly prepared. The process takes a lot more than getting the shovel out of the shed and clearing a spot. How ready that spot is to receive a ton of concrete determines everything.
Inexperienced DIY-ers tend to overlook many things—such as failing to use a plate compactor to pack the soil, not leveling the area adequately, or not setting up proper forms—the blocking that allows for a smooth, even pour. So instead of coming up with a good patio, you tend to repair concrete of the projects you DIYed.
There are a lot of steps to pouring concrete property and nothing is more disheartening than gearing up for an epic do-it-yourself project, only to have it end in shambles. Save yourself the trouble of a DIY failure by calling our concrete contractors today.
Why Do DIY Concrete Patios Fail?
1. No Concrete Form is Built
A form is simply a barrier that holds the concrete in a specific size and shape until it hardens. Our concrete contractors are able to build the forms you need to hold the concrete in place for the ultimate backyard patio. We often use lumber to build wood frames.
A common amateur mistake we see is making the concrete pad too big. Fortunately, our concrete contractors take the time to measure the exact dimensions you want. We’ll make sure that the forms aren’t built too big to prevent your patio from cracking. That way, your concrete patio will become the perfect addition to your home. Our concrete contractors understand that a patio is meant to be an extension of your home so you can take full advantage of outdoor living.
2. Concrete Form or Template Isn’t Level
Wet concrete can flow downhill and pool, especially when the form isn’t level. The last thing you want is for your freshly poured concrete patio to be deeper in some spots than in others. When this happens, you’ll notice that your concrete patio doesn’t dry evenly. Your concrete patio also won’t look right if it isn’t the same thickness throughout.
Concrete contractors will make sure that your concrete form or template is level before pouring fresh concrete. That way, you can be sure that your concrete patio will be set up and dry the way it was intended. We take great care in leveling out the foundation of your future concrete patio so the concrete can be poured evenly.
3. Measurements are Rushed
Creating a concrete mix is like following a recipe. You need to make sure you add the right amount of water to the dry concrete mix for your patio to turn outright. Adding the wrong amount of water could make your backyard concrete patio more brittle and likely to crack. For this reason, we highly recommend you hire our concrete contractors to make your backyard patio. We have years of experience installing concrete patios that are made to last.
You can’t just “eyeball” how much water you need for your concrete mix to turn outright. Instead, you’ll need to carefully consider how much concrete mix and water you’ll need to complete your project. You can also hire our concrete patio contractors if you don’t want to deal with the hassle. Our contractors are also able to offer more options than what you may be able to achieve on your own, such as decorative concrete.