Concrete Installation – 5 Reasons Why You Should Leave It to The Pros

December 24, 2021

Concrete installation can include a wide range of things, starting from resurfacing the already existing concrete with a brand-new finish or even pouring a brand-new concrete driveway, walkway, or patio. However, even the savviest and most skillful DIYers aren’t brave enough to tackle concrete installation. Concrete as a material is unforgiving and any defects in the surface or poor workmanship can easily backfire. 

If a concrete installation is botched, the repair usually involves calling a professional concrete surface which can end up being more expensive than calling them in the first place. So today, we would like to share our view and advice on why is it best to call professional concrete services like Smith Evergreen Concrete rather than doing it yourself.

#1 for professional concrete installation – Training and experience

There’s only so much you can see and learn from YouTube videos and hear from home improvement stores about concrete installation. Unfortunately, this skill cannot be mastered by only watching videos, listening to stories, advice, or reading a few know-how articles. No amount of online (or offline) content will be sufficient enough to replace the actual training and work experience. Luckily, professional services have that, so you can trust that they know what they’re doing.

#2 – You need to know a few things about concrete composition.

If you wish to repair, coat, or refinish your existing concrete driveway or patio, you need to know and understand a few things about the concrete’s composition. This is so that you can know what kind of sealant or products you need to use in order to avoid adverse chemical reactions and cause more harm than good. Pros have the right knowledge to install the 

#3 for professional concrete installation – Surface preparation is key

Before concrete installation, it’s vital that the surface is properly prepared. When you prepare the slabs that will allow the concrete and concrete stains to bond with the surface. This will make sure that the end results last for a long time and that they don’t fade, chip or peel. Some concrete slabs might require more preparation than others lice resurfacing, using special tools or equipment and this is only available to professionals.

#4 – Predict potential problems

Every crack or damage on the concrete needs to be repaired before you apply an overlay treatment. Concrete installation novices usually can’t predict a potential problem and only see it when it’s too late. Then it takes much more time to figure out what is the cause of the issue and not to mention repair it. Professionals, thanks to their extensive experience, can accurately predict such things and can act proactively.

#5 – Professionals have access to industry-grade products

Sure, you can find everything you need for a DIY concrete installation in every hardware store. However, the products that you will find there are not really up to the level of those that are being used by concrete installation professionals.

Professionals have had years of testing different mixtures of industry-grade products and they know what works best and provides superior quality and end results. 

We hope that these tips were very helpful and that when it comes to installing concrete in your home, whether that’s a driveway, walkway, or patio, you will trust the job to professionals and save yourself from additional expenses and hassle.

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