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The Benefits of Hiring a Professional to Install Your Concrete Surface

Concrete is used to create a number of surfaces around a home or business. Concrete is commonly used to form driveways, walkways, foundations, retaining walls, garage floors, and pool decks. When you are looking to install a new concrete surface or have an old one replaced, you may find yourself thinking about doing it yourself. 
Large concrete surfaces can be more challenging and laborious to install than the average person realizes. There are many benefits to hiring a concrete installer to complete the work for you. Learning these benefits will help you make an informed decision about doing it yourself or hiring a concrete contractor. Here are three of the benefits of hiring a professional to install your concrete surface. 
Correctly Preparing the Site
Before contractors can bring concrete to a job site, they have to prepare it first. This involves leveling or grading the ground and determining the depth at which the concrete surface needs to be poured. 
One of the common mistakes that do-it-yourselfers make when preparing a site is not thinking about drainage. When your concrete gets wet, typically due to rain or sprinklers, the water needs to go somewhere. If your concrete is not graded or sloped or is improperly graded, the water can flow into your basement, home, or flood portions of your yard. 
Another common mistake that a do-it-yourselfer makes is making the concrete surface too thin or too think. The optimal thickness varies on the type of concrete you're using, how the concrete is being used and the weather conditions. If the concrete is too thin, it can crack or wear faster. If it is too thick, it may not properly cure or harden. 
A professional knows how to properly grade and slope your concrete, and find the correct thickness, to prevent these common mistakes. 
Selecting and Properly Mixing the Concrete
Did you know that there are different mixes of concrete available? Some contain more sand or reinforced materials, while others may contain more aggregate material or water. Selecting the right mix and then properly mixing the concrete is important. 
The right mix helps to ensure that your concrete surface withstands the rigors that you put it through, the weather elements where you live and is able to cure based on the conditions that are present when you laid the concrete. 
If you attempt to install a concrete surface yourself, you may select the wrong type of concrete without realizing it. This can affect the lifespan of your concrete surface. A professional knows how to select and mix the correct type of mixture for your project. 
Leveling and Smoothing Before Concrete Cures
After you pour concrete, there is a limited amount of time in which the concrete can be leveled and smoothed before it begins to harden. Once it begins to harden, it can no longer be smoothed or leveled. 
It takes do-it-yourselfers longer to smooth and level concrete because they are not used to doing this task.
Unfortunately, if they do not smooth or level the surface before the concrete hardens, there is not an easy or inexpensive way to solve the problem. When this occurs, concrete leveling must be done by a professional or the surface must be removed and installed. 
A professional has the experience and skill set to come in and ensure your concrete surface is level and smoothed before the concrete begins to cure. 
Are you looking to have concrete work done in the greater San Jose area? If so, Jimenez Concrete Inc. is here to help you. We specialize in concrete installation, replacement and repair services for homeowners, contractors and businesses. Contact us today to discuss your concrete needs with us and obtain a quote.