How Should I Start A Concrete Project?

One of the many benefits of concrete is how accessible it is for the average homeowner. Even if someone isn’t well versed in DIY work, learning how to install basic concrete is relatively easy. Of course, as the project becomes more complicated (think stamped concrete) it may be worth consulting with a professional. However, if you are a homeowner considering starting a concrete project, we suggest always starting with these four steps. 

 

Budget

Nothing is more frustrating than getting halfway through a major renovation project only to realize that the entire budget has already been used. The best way to avoid this is to meticulously plan your project, from materials to time, and always add a line item for miscellaneous items that can arise from unforeseen circumstances. A properly designed budget is essential for any successful home improvement project. 

 

Prepare the Area

Much like painting, a majority of the work needed for a concrete project occurs before the concrete is even mixed. Prepping the project area is an essential step for any concrete project. That means clearing the area of debris, prepping the area where the concrete will be poured, and cordoning off the area so it can remain undisturbed while its curing. Of course, each project will have its own specific preparation needs, so be sure to fully understand the scope of your project before you finish preparing the area. 

 

Talk to Your Neighbors

While this isn’t necessary for the project, it’s a good practice to get in the habit of. Concrete projects can be noisy, the preparation can be a bit unsightly and depending on the concrete mix you use the project can even get smelly for those nearby. Knowing all that, it’s always a good idea to give your neighbors a quick heads up before starting any major renovation project. It’s common courtesy and the right thing to do. 

 

Concrete projects are a DIY-homeowners dream. Most projects can easily be tackled alone. However, if you are considering a more complicated concrete project, or if you don’t want to bother with attempting one yourself, it’s always worth reaching out to a professional contractor for a consultation. Visit www.razorbackconcrete.com to learn more. 

 

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