A lot of DIY videos and tutorials are available in different media nowadays. Whether you are an enthusiast or not, it can be quite tempting to do a concrete resurfacing project on your own. However, there are many possible mistakes that could happen. It is important that you understand each one so you can properly assess if you can do it yourself or if hiring a pro is a more practical choice.
Ratio and Amount of Concrete Mix
When mixing concrete, it usually consists of aggregate, Portland cement, and water. However, the ratio may differ based on what the project requires. It is important that you are able to determine the right ratio and how much concrete you need to mix so as to complete the resurfacing job.
The Right Tools and Work Gear
Concrete mix is quite tricky to install and level. It is so versatile that it can easily follow any form it is introduced to. This is why it is important to use the right tools when doing a concrete resurfacing job. You must have the right trowel, stamp, shovel, and more. You also need to have the proper gear to protect yourself while working with concrete, like safety glasses and gloves.
Frames and Forms
Concrete will not hold itself up so you have to build frames or forms to hold its shape until it is has hardened and cured. The shape of your concrete will depend on the frame or form you build. This is why you should take your time in building it. When the concrete has hardened, do not immediately take the frame out. Some parts may not be as dry as the surface and, if you remove the frame, bits could come out, too. Cracks may also appear, already giving your new concrete a damaged appearance.
Textures and Patterns
Since this is a concrete resurfacing project, it would not be complete without textures and patterns. There are specific mats contractors use to create a specific design or appearance on a concrete slab. If you are quite the resourceful one, you can use alternative items to create a similar look.
Sealing the Concrete
Last but definitely not the least, the surface must be sealed. There is a proper timing for this, though. It is important to know the right time to apply a sealer on a concrete. It is also important to use the appropriate sealer for the type of resurfacing project you have done.
When you do a DIY project, you still have to invest in the right materials and tools to get similar results as a professional resurfacing service. So, think about whether it is worth the effort to DIY or if hiring a pro is a more practical, less tiring decision.