Hire a Macomb County Concrete Contractor or DIY?

Do-it-yourselfers are usually pretty brave when it comes to projects around the house. In fact, maybe the sound of breaking out those shiny new tools sounds like a fun challenge.

However, there are certain home improvements that should be left to a professional contractor – such as installing a concrete driveway or patio.

If you want your concrete installation to be a success, it will not be easy and it will take some time, which is often just as valuable as money.

You must be mindful of specific measurements as failing to do so may result in a costly repair or even worse – starting over from square one. Hiring a Macomb County Concrete contractor may just be the more cost effective choice with the least amount of stress and aggravation.

DIY Concrete Projects vs Professional Concrete Contractor

So let’s say you’re a skillful DIY homeowner capable of tackling many projects around the home. What type of concrete projects should you take on and what type of projects should you rely on a contractor for?

Do-it-yourselfers may be better suited for ground level concrete projects  such as a small patio. But for larger projects where foundations are involved, it’s best to hire a Macomb County concrete contractor.

A professional contractor is proficient in the following areas:

  • Permit requirements
  • Mixing the concrete correctly
  • Concrete forms and pouring a foundation
  • Determining if the structure needs any steel reinforcements
  • Applying finishes such as staining or stamping
  • Determining the best drying times

Common Mistakes Made by Homeowners

  1. Underestimating the Importance of Proper Concrete Forms.

Careful construction of concrete forms ensures the overall strength and durability of the concrete. Concrete forms and pouring a concrete slab foundation can be challenging even for the most savvy do-it-yourselfer. Even a small mistake can quickly create a huge mess that is literally cast in stone.

  1. Failing to Level the Surface

In order to ensure your surface is completely level, you may need to clear land and remove top soil and roots that may interfere with the concrete and cause cracking. A Macomb County contractor will have the tools and the know-how for a level installation that will not cause shifting or cracking in the future.

  1. Improper Concrete Mixture

A homeowner may add water to a dry concrete mix until it “looks right.” However having the wrong concrete mixture can cause cracks and costly repairs in the future.  Whats worse, foundational cracks can decrease the value of your property.  A professional contractor has more experience with calculating and measuring the best concrete mixture.

Ready To Contact a Macomb County Concrete Contractor?

There are some projects that are best handled by an experienced professional. Improper concrete work can be extremely expensive to remove and haul away so why not hire a professional concrete company from the beginning, such as Flat Rock Concrete Construction?

Flat Rock Concrete Specializes in Commercial, Residential, and Industrial Concrete Applications. Give us a call at  586.726.6091.

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