If you’ve spent enough time online looking at beautiful concrete flooring, you’ve probably come across a number of concrete floors that have been “DIY-ed” or done by an amateur. Many of these projects look absolutely beautiful and many amateur DIY-ers will swear by its ease, simplicity, and affordability. But what they won’t tell you is that it is actually quite a complex process to install your own concrete floors and many things can go wrong along the way. That’s why we would still recommend a Seattle concrete contractor if anyone from the Northwest ever asked us about installing concrete floors.
How can a DIY concrete floor be so dangerous? Here are the 4 reasons why concrete floors should not be done by yourself and how it can all go wrong:
Improper preparation can lead to big mistakes
Before contractors even think about pouring the concrete or applying any designs to it, they first have to deal with the intense prep checklist that comes before floors can be poured. Among these steps for preparation is ensuring that the base for the concrete floor is right, getting the right permits, making sure the right material has been ordered, and that there is space for the crew to work. All of these things are necessary.
For example, say you skipped checking the base for your new concrete floors and went ahead with the project. Small plants and debris can compromise the quality of the floors and if the concrete was poured on top of loose soil, it will quickly start to disintegrate. Professional contractors – whether concrete contractor Seattle or elsewhere – know what to look for before they install floors, and they can solve any problems that may crop up that an amateur might miss.
Using the wrong tools and materials can be disastrous
You might already know about how delicate the process of concrete installation really is. Professionals can control this delicate process by using only the best materials they trust and by using professional-grade equipment. People who DIY their own concrete floors usually have neither and limited home improvement store options can force them to use sub-par materials and tools that are not quite right for the job.
While it may not seem like a big difference to someone who has never done it before, professionals know that signs of the use of bad equipment and materials will start to show on the floors very soon after installation. The concrete may begin to crack soon after it has cured or unevenness in the concrete will begin to show. Both these things, among other effects, can be avoided by the hiring of a professional with the right tools and materials for the job.
Amateurs may not take the weather into account
When installing floors outside, most amateurs may not take the weather into account. But, in fact, installing exterior floors is a tricky and delicate process that should be timed correctly to avoid the effects of extreme weather on curing and newly cured floors. Rain, wind, and extremely hot weather are all things that can affect new concrete and change the way it cures. But for long-lasting floors, you should also be considering the long-term effects of the year-round climate of your area on your floors.
Looking ahead to the possible effects of freeze-thaw cycles and great heat, professional contractors can install sealers that mitigate these effects as well as perform maintenance checks every so often to keep your floors in the best possible condition. But this is also another thing that you may overlook if you choose to DIY your floors.
Safety precautions may be insufficient and lead to accidents
Professional concrete contractors are overseen by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration so you know you can rest easy when you hire them for your project. Being overseen by OSHA means that everything they do and everything they use has been pre-approved and tested for safety. But no such insurance for safety exists when you do the job yourself or even when you hire another amateur to do the job. The lack of standardized safety precautions is not only dangerous for your own safety, but it can also risk the safety of your property.