It appears that there has been a wane in consumer trust in the building and construction industry of late. This may be because of the scams shown on television or the bribery and corruption endemic in the corporate sector, but it is almost certainly the same motivation why so many are now doing home improvements by themselves.
And why shouldn’t they? A little knowledge of the technical aspects combined with an eye for creativity is often enough to complete the home improvement on your own.
Why are people turning to do-it-yourself home improvements?
There are many people trying to pass themselves off as construction workers, although they do not have a lot of experience in construction or home maintenance and they are literally are out there right now practising, learning their trades on homes like yours and mine across the country.
As a result, homeowners are finding that the jobs are not being finished to their liking. At times they are even pre-paying for services that do not get done or were not part of the arrangement.
You do not have to trust and pay someone to enhance your home. Why not have a go yourself?
You can augment your home?s existing concrete surfaces using acid stains, acrylic paints, epoxy paints, and scoring techniques.
If you are tired of looking at dull gray concrete, there are some easy projects if you are serious about having a go at home improvement DIY, you can easily give your patio, driveway or garage a refreshing new look.
Attractive concrete work costs about double that of standard concrete, which is why many people cannot afford it.
However, there are inexpensive methods to beautify concrete after it has cured, without having to pay skilled tradesmen.
Acid-based concrete stains are becoming more and more fashionable for coloring concrete surfaces. They chemically react with the cement to produce permanent color with a variegated or mottled appearance similar to that of marble. This results in a natural, elegant looking exterior.
Water-based concrete stains are an alternative to acid stains but are much more user friendly because they are so much less toxic. These stains do not chemically react with the concrete; they are absorbed into the porous surface and act like a colorant. The big advantage of water based stains is the wide range of colors on hand.
If you want to risk going beyond the basic staining of your concrete, think about using some scoring techniques to create patterns on the surface.
You could make your concrete look like a tiled floor for instance. It is just up to your imagination. A mini angle grinder with a 4 inch cutting wheel is the perfect tool for this.
The key thing to remember when scoring is to draw the pattern on the concrete first and make sure you are happy with the way it looks because scoring is permanent.
Epoxy paints make an outstanding coating for garage floors and basement floors. Many commercial floors have epoxy coatings because of their durability and resilience to chemical spills as well as their appearance.
In recent years, however, it has become very popular for domestic use with the availability of an growing number of different colors. This is not a difficult job, but the key to successful application is surface groundwork.
Epoxy paints have also become available in a water based form making it safe for the DIY’er and perfect for indoor jobs. They cost a little more than stains. For a 400 square foot area, you’ll spend about $200 for the materials required for this project.
So, you see? You do not have to spend big money to improve your home. You have the ability to do it yourself. With a few instructions and a little bit of work, anyone can turn dull concrete into a work of genius of their own.
Owen Jones, the author of this article writes on several subjects, but is currently involved with Flowtron Bug Zapper devices. If you would like to know more, please go to our website at Indoor Bug Zapper