by Helene Mansion
There has been a decline in consumer confidence in the building and construction industry. This could be the reason why many people are now doing home improvements by themselves.
Why not? A little knowledge on the technical aspect combined with an eye for creativity and you are set to do the home improvement on your own.
Why are people turning to do-it-yourself home improvements?
Some construction workers do not have the right experience or expertise in construction or home maintenance. Yet, many of them are trying to work on these homes across the country.
As a result, some homeowners are not satisfied. Sometimes they are even pre-paying for services that will not be done or even part of the plan.
You do not have to pay and rely on someone to improve your home. Why not do it yourself?
If you are tired of looking at dreary gray concrete, there are some easy projects for the serious home improvement do-it-yourselfer to give your patio, driveway, garage, etc. a refreshing new look.
Decorative concrete work costs double or even triple that of regular concrete. This is why many people cannot afford it.
There are inexpensive ways to decorate concrete after the curing period without having to pay skilled tradesmen. Enhance your home’s existing concrete surfaces by using acid and acrylic stains, epoxy paints, and scoring techniques.
Acid-based concrete stains are becoming more popular to add color on concrete surfaces. These types of stains chemically react with cement, which produces permanent color with variegated or mottled appearance like that of marble. This results in a natural and elegant looking surface.
Water-based concrete stain is a good alternative to acid stains and user-friendly because it is less toxic. This type of stain does not chemically react with concrete and is absorbed into the surface pores and acts like a dye. The big advantage of a water-based stain is the availability of wide array of colors.
If you want to venture beyond the basic staining of concrete, consider using some scoring techniques to create patterns on the surface.
For example, you can make your concrete look like a tile floor. It is up to your imagination. An angle grinder with a 4-inch grinding or cutting wheel is the ideal tool for this.
The important thing to remember when scoring is to draw the pattern on the concrete first and make sure you are satisfied with the way it looks because scoring is irreversible.
Epoxy paints make an excellent coating material for garage floors and basement floors. Many commercial floors have epoxy coatings because of its durability and resistance to chemical spills.
In recent years, epoxy paints have become very popular for residential use due to the increasing availability of various colors. This is not a difficult project, but the key to successful application is surface preparation.
Epoxy paints have also become available in a water-based form making it safe for the do-it-yourselfer and ideal for indoor applications. These may cost a little more than stains. For a 400 square foot garage, you will spend about $200 for the materials needed for this project.
See? You do not have to spend too much money for homeimprovement. You have the capability to do it yourself. With some instructions and a little bit of work, anyone can turn boring concrete into a masterpiece.