We are in the age of “do it yourself” and easy life hacks. And like you, we love it! There are very few things you may need to do around your home, in your job, or just for fun that you cant find a video tutorial on. Step-by-step instructions are at the tips of your fingertips.
With that said, it has also grown increasingly popular for people to share their DIY fails. Just because you can find instructions online or someone else could do it, doesn’t always mean you should.
Concrete projects are one of those things that we don’t advise people to try to do on their own. It may seem simple, but laying concrete floors, stamped concrete, or redoing your concrete driveway is a pretty complex process.
When it comes to any concrete work around your home, exterior, or commercial space it is important to include a general flooring contractor in Ohio. Their skills and expertise will likely save you a lot of time, effort, and even money in the long run.
Let’s take a look at why you shouldn’t DIY your next concrete project.
The Right Tools for the Job
In any sort of concrete flooring project, there are some specific tools you’ll need that most don’t normally have on hand. Before you apply any chemicals, you’ll need cleaning materials. If your floor is uneven or needs some repair, you’ll need a concrete sander, a concrete trowel, and some patching material too.
Depending on the type of flooring you’re applying, you may need a sprayer to apply some of the chemicals. You’ll also need acid-resistant brushes, rollers, mops, pans, and more. If you’re planning on creating a stamped texture or pattern, you’ll need stamping tools, knee pads, etc.
All of this is a lot to procure for one job, and it’ll end up costing you a lot of that money you’re saving.
There’s a Lot That Can Go Wrong
The chemicals used in staining and sealing concrete are strong, yet delicate. Applying them incorrectly will result in discoloration, uneven appearance, notable streaks or brush strokes, a hazy finish, and a general lackluster product. Poorly applied sealant or coating can chip and peel almost immediately.
It’s Hard to Fix
Concrete coating materials are designed to be tough and long-lasting. That means if you make a mistake when applying them, it’s very difficult to undo. Most likely, you’ll need to bring in a professional to help correct your mistakes.
Or you could save yourself a lot of time and effort and call a professional the first time around. A quality contractor will leave you with a finished product that looks better and lasts longer. For experienced general flooring contractors in Ohio, contact the team at Select Flooring today!