Should I Repair My Own Driveway?

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In some cases, repairing your own driveway is possible if you have some home-improvement experience. Other times, the job is best left to a professional. Here are some ways that you can tell which type of concrete job you have in front of you. 

What Type of Repair is Needed?

First, it's good to note that there are several levels of concrete repair, and some are better done as a home fix than others. If you only have a few cracks in the driveway that are isolated and don't interfere with the foundation, then you may able to get a tool that allows you to spray concrete or foam into the cracks to easily repair them yourself. If you need to strip away the surface layer to apply a fresh coat of concrete, then you might want to call in a professional.

Are Any Extra Tools Needed?

Besides pouring concrete, there may be preparation or finishing steps that you want to do to make the surface more appealing. For instance, a thorough power washing may be necessary to get oil stains out of the concrete before you apply new material. You may need to grind away blemishes on the surface of the concrete. For these services, renting out the extra tools and learning how to use them can quickly get out of hand. It may be best just to hire a knowledgeable repair team who already works with trusted subcontractors and has their own concrete pump truck. 

Do You Have Any Helpers?

For some parts of the concrete job, you might need helpers to mix a batch of concrete while you're pouring it. If you don't have any friends or family that meet that description, this is another reason to call in a professional. 

Do You Want Assurance?

Finally, think about whether you have the extra money to get the concrete job fixed if you are unable to complete it right yourself. Is this your one shot? If so, it could be worth it to spring for a concrete repair professional who has experience and insurance to back up the job in case something goes wrong. You can look through their past work to make sure that they do quality work and have skills in the types of repair services you need. 

Getting a great concrete repair can be costly, whether you do the work yourself or not. Sometimes it's best to take the responsibility out of your own hands and leave the job to a professional such as Pumptex Concrete Pumping

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28 July 2016

Make Your Walkway Wonderful

I own a small office building, and recently, I was looking for ways to improve the building's exterior. I felt that the whole office was very plain and lacked curb appeal. I want clients and business contacts to be impressed by the building and the grounds before they even step through the door. I knew that one thing I definitely needed to do was replace the crumbling walkway. I called a concrete contractor about fixing the walkway, and was impressed when he told me that I could actually make it look like a brick pathway, using stamped concrete. I decided to go for it, and it made a big difference in the appearance of the outside of the office. I think that more people should be aware of how they can use stamped concrete to improve their business's curb appeal.