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Resurfacing Your Concrete: DIY Or Call A Pro?

Pitted and chipped concrete is common in even the mildest climate. You can make your concrete like new again by resurfacing it. Resurfacing your concrete on your own is a doable weekend project in many cases, but there are some instances where a professional is the best idea.

When to DIY

To resurface your home or business' concrete you only need a few tools and a sunny day. Your basic supplies include:

  • cement mix
  • bonding agent
  • a pressure washer
  • two flat trowels

Doing your own concrete resurfacing is a good idea for newer properties built in the last twenty or thirty years. The original concrete will closely match the cement mix you can buy in hardware stores.

Of course, only attempt to resurface your own concrete if you feel confident that you can. It's a moderately difficult job, so don't be afraid to ask for help.

When to Call a Professional

If you don't feel confident resurfacing your own concrete, it's always a good idea to call a masonry or concrete contractor for a consultation. But there are a few cases that you should call a contractor, even if you feel confident you can do it yourself.

You should always call a contractor for older properties, especially properties built before 1920. Before 1920, the Portland cement used on your property was not always a standardized mix, and the recipe could vary between builder to builder. Find matching cement is difficult, if not impossible.

If you have a property built before 1830, your original builder may have used natural cement, which is different from what you find at the hardware store. Using modern cement may damage the value and integrity of your building.

If you have an older property, it's always the best to call a contractor for their experienced and trained opinion. They can even test your concrete and make custom cement to match your property.

If you need a large area resurfaced, it's often more time and cost efficient to hire a contractor. If the area you need resurfaced is larger than a garage, then your project will benefit from the extra help. A contractor can have more employees working at once to complete the job quickly.

Resurfacing restores the appearance of your concrete and prevents further damage. If you have cracks all the way through the concrete, there may be an underlying problem. Resurfacing will just patch the area, but the crack will come back. A contractor can diagnose and fix the underlying problem.

In most circumstances, concrete resurfacing is a straightforward project. But if you have a historical home, major repairs, or have questions, your local contractor or mason is happy to help. To learn more, contact a company like Mara Restoration, Inc. with any questions you have.