Every homeowner loves a good home improvement project. If you’re looking to update or upgrade your property, walkways and landscaping are usually the best ways to add some curb appeal. When people start looking into walkway ideas, a lot of DIY concrete projects come up in the search results. That’s because concrete is inexpensive and durable inexpensive, durable material in the long run, and finding the right materials and tools is fairly simple. After 30+ years in the concrete industry, we have gained a lot of knowledge about what works and doesn’t for concrete. If you’re trying to use concrete walkway molds yourself, read on to learn about the pros and cons of taking on this project alone.
DIY projects are a great way to accomplish something that will leave you with a sense of pride. Looking at your new walkway and knowing you did it on your own is a very rewarding feeling but only if it’s done right. The process of installing a concrete walkway with molds is a simple concept but takes a lot of patience and dedication if you want it to look nice. We’ve broken down the process to make it easy to understand:
Concrete molds are a wonderful tool. They can give the look of intricate patterns and hard labor with minimal effort but there are some downsides to be aware of. The biggest reason most people choose to hire a contractor for concrete work is because the quality of installation can be the difference between a walkway that lasts 25+ years, and a walkway that falls apart after one season cycle. On top of worrying about how well the job is done, it’s important to be aware of how difficult concrete can actually be to mix, pour, and smooth. The thickness of your concrete mixture can make or break your project and it definitely takes experience and knowledge to get it just right. Other issues with this DIY project are knowing precisely when to remove the mold, how to shape and smooth the concrete, and getting your foundation leveled correctly. If you are worried about your ability to handle the job, it never hurts to reach out to a contractor and have a consultation done to see what it would cost to professionally install your new walkway.
We enjoy seeing people excited to work with concrete and love to help wherever possible but we recommend hiring a contractor for most large concrete jobs. For a small investment, you can accomplish the same outcome professionally with a warranty to back it up.
Sam The Concrete Man has 30+ years of experience pouring concrete walkways. We provide quality concrete and exceptional customer service. Work with us and our professional concrete contractors on your next concrete project to ensure your expectations are exceeded. We do free on-site estimates to give you the detailed information you need to decide if a concrete walkway is right for your home. Fill out our short form to schedule your estimate with us today!
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