Concrete is perhaps one of the most sought-after construction materials due to its durability and strength. However, when something is amiss during the preparation, it can be noticeable and can thus affect the overall functionality and appeal of the concrete.
At Rockhampton Concreters, we know that preparing and pouring concrete is not a simple task to accomplish. The project can be more complicated than it looks because it also requires careful planning, knowledge and ample skill. However, if you would like to take on the task by yourself, it is essential to note the things that could go wrong with the project so you can avoid them. Our team has gathered the things that you should avoid before you attempt to pour your own concrete.
Not Enough Preparation
Like any other task, a DIY concrete pouring project needs more than a few spare hours to be accomplished. It requires comprehensive preparation and a lot of commitment, especially if you do not have a proficient background in the field. Using a shovel to remove plants and debris on the site is not enough. This is because if you pour concrete on top of loose soil, there is a great chance that the concrete will quickly crack, crumble and erode as the soil settles. So before you pour the concrete, you have to create a firm base. You can use a plate compactor to keep the soil tightly packed. You will also have to thoroughly level the surface or build or install levelling forms/borders to ensure that you can have a long-lasting concrete surface that will not easily crack.
Not Considering the Weather Conditions
The weather condition is an important factor to keep in mind when it comes to mixing and pouring concrete. Since concrete can expand, shrink or warp because of temperature changes, the weather can definitely affect how and when the concrete will be set. Besides that, the weather changes can also affect the durability and appearance of your concrete surfaces in the long run. That is why it is vital to consider the general climate in your area before creating adjustments in your concrete mix.
Using the Wrong Tools
Uneven surfaces, bumps, cracks or holes in your concrete surfaces may be caused by using the wrong tools. Heavy-duty and sturdy tools are essential when working with concrete because tools made of plastic or wood can easily snap. Besides that, pouring concrete is time-sensitive, so it is crucial to have the tools you need within your reach before you start mixing your concrete.
Wrong Water to Cement Ratio
This is one of the most common mistakes that people encounter when pouring concrete by themselves. Getting the right amount of water and cement can be a bit tricky because too much water can lead to a runny mixture, while too much cement can lead to a chunky one. Some may think that adding a lot of water to the cement can soften it and make it more convenient to work with. However, a runny mixture can lead to an uneven pour and compromise your surfaces’ strength. That is why it might be best to follow the recommended amount of water and cement ratio. Through this, you can ensure that you will have a smooth and malleable mixture and get the appearance and durability you require for your concrete surfaces.
Forgetting About Safety Precautions
Although concrete is a relatively safe material to use for DIY projects, it is still essential to keep your eyes, ears and skin protected when mixing and pouring concrete. Moreover, you should also be careful when handling or lifting heavy concrete mixes.