You’ve decided that it’s time for a new driveway or parking lot and you think that you can do this project yourself. If you have the skills, we encourage you to try – there’s nothing quite like doing something like this on your own. However, we know that most people trying DIY paving in Springfield, Lincoln, and Jacksonville, Illinois rather wish that they had gotten professional help instead. Here’s why you should probably call us at Illinois Paving to handle your pavement needs.
You’ll Get Great Experience
First of all, let’s not beat around the bush here – professional paving experts offer you far more experience than you probably have with this process. Unless you’re a professional who has worked with concrete or other materials before, we guarantee that we have more expertise. And that benefit is a big part of why labor costs are what they are – you’re paying for the quality of the installation.
For example, we make sure to train all of our experts to ensure that they can handle the needs of their job. Then, we make sure that they are comfortable working with a large number of different types of materials. In this way, we can ensure that they are ready to provide you with the help that you need. Even better, we know how to work with a large number of materials that you may not.
And we have a large number of tools that we can bring to your yard or facility and know how to handle them as effectively as possible. The key here is that we are true professionals and want to do what is right for you and your home. Though you may have a lot of home repair skills and some experience, you’re ultimately going to get a better product if you hire a professional to help you out here.
They Provide Design Excellence
Like many people trying DIY work, you probably have a pretty good idea of what design you want for your concrete. This factor is prevalent and is understandable. There’s no problem with knowing what you want and having a good idea of how to achieve it. As you can imagine, there is a catch here – achieving that goal.
Unless you have pretty good experience with paving , you’re likely to have trouble executing a design. For example, let’s say you have an idea to curl concrete around your house like a path and to create statues that attract the eyes of passersby. Or maybe you want to work with asphalt and stamp your business logo in the parking lot.
Whatever choice you make, you’re going to have to work hard to get the kind of excellence that you both want and deserve for your home and its pavement. And having professionals help will ensure that you get the best results.
Problems Can Be Spotted Easier
Let’s say that you have a pretty good idea of how to mix and pour your concrete and have the confidence to handle many elements of this process without getting expert help. That’s good – you might be able to finish a DIY project with relative ease. However, there is also a good chance that you could end up making mistakes and not even realizing that you have erred. This problem is one that can trigger a myriad of issues that take time and energy to assess and fix accurately.
For example, you may end up mixing your concrete too wet and not noticing. When you pour it, you’re going to end up with a less secure level of surface protection. Unfortunately, this means that the driveway or parking lot you want is going to be weaker and more likely to fail. Even worse, you’ll have to wait a long time for the concrete to cure because the extra water will take time to evaporate, which can make other problems much more likely to occur on your pavement.
And that’s just one type of problem that can occur with your concrete if you try going DIY without expert help. There are many more issues that could develop if you don’t take the time to ensure that your paving is professional. These issues are always going to cost more money to fix than if you’d just had somebody else do your pavement for you. Which brings us quite smoothly to the next section – saving money with professional pouring over a DIY project.
You Will Save Yourself Money
Lastly, you should seriously consider paving professionals instead of a DIY project because you’ll ultimately save yourself a lot more money if you do hire experts. It may seem impossible to save cash by working with contractors to some. After all, a large portion of your payments to them will come in the form of labor payments to installation experts. But let’s break down the life of a typical driveway and how you may end up spending more by doing DIY work yourself.
First, you’ll need to buy dry cement and various other pieces of equipment. For example, you’ll need trowels, boards, shovels, gloves, goggles, and much more. Unless you already have these items lying around, you’ll need to buy them – and may never even use them again! And you’ll have to rent out a mixer unless you have one, which can be quite costly. This price increases if you don’t have a lot of experience and end up taking more time than you thought to finish a project.
And here’s the big kicker – if you install concrete in your yard and make mistakes, you’ll have to call professionals to fix the problems for you anyway. As a result, you’re ultimately not saving yourself any money at all but costing yourself more. And don’t forget – professionals have warranties and insurance that will kick in if a mistake is made. If you make a mistake on your project, you’ll have to pay for somebody else to fix it. This repair will probably cost more than just hiring an expert.
Don’t Make the DIY Mistake
As you can see, most cases of DIY concrete work are not a good idea. Unless you have real professional experience and know how to handle this project, your paving in Springfield, Lincoln, and Jacksonville, Illinois is likely to be less consistent than if you just hired an expert. So if you’re ready to get the best results that your money can buy on concrete that you can easily afford, please contact us at Illinois Paving today to learn more. Our professionals have years of experience and will work hard to ensure that you are ultimately satisfied with the hard work that they do on your yard.