Pouring concrete isn’t always an overwhelming task for a homeowner; many homeowners will mix up concrete in a wheelbarrow and then simply shovel it onto a marked off path for a new walkway or patio, and the work may proceed somewhat easily. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s always a good idea to handle your own concrete installation on your property, as some jobs may be outside your area of expertise and better left to a professional. Note some of the reasons it may be better to use a concreter than to handle the work yourself.
1. When covering a large area
Trying to manually shovel concrete from a wheelbarrow to cover large areas can be virtually impossible, so concrete pumping might be better suited for the job. Concrete pumpers are machines that pump concrete from a mixing truck onto a surface. While it may seem like a simple solution, note that concrete pumpers are not all alike and they may take some expertise to choose and to use properly. Concrete with certain aggregates mixed in may clog the pump, and you need to ensure you know how to pump the concrete slow enough to allow you to level it before it starts to set. If your job is too big for manual shoveling of concrete, you could use a concrete pump yourself, but you may want to leave the job to a concreter who has experience working with this type of machinery.
2. When concrete will see heavy traffic
Your standard family sedan may not put much undue weight on your concrete driveway, but if you own a trailer or recreational vehicle, you may want to strengthen the concrete as you pour it. This can mean adding rebar or another type of metal brace inside the layer of concrete. This isn’t always as easy as you might assume, as you need to know where and how to place the rebar so that the concrete stays level and even but is still strong enough to withstand that added weight of a heavy vehicle. If you are concerned that you don’t know how to do this on your own, hire a concreter that is familiar with this process.
3. When matching concrete
Concrete is a mixture of cement, sand, gravel and other ingredients, and trying to match existing concrete with new concrete can be a challenge. You want the color and consistency of your concrete to match, as well as the strength of any walkway or driveway extension. A professional concreter may be more experienced in noting the overall color and texture of your current concrete so as to know how to mix up new concrete for a closer match.