Looking to pour a concrete slab, perhaps to build a patio in your backyard or to surface your driveway? Pouring concrete is a bit tricky and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can create a big mess and a lot of hassles. You may want to hire a concrete contractor. That said, it is possible to pour your own concrete slab if you take your time and learn the skills.
Concrete is a durable material, and once it sets, you’re stuck with what you have.
As such, a bit of extra time to prepare and to ensure that you get the job done right the first time around is wise.
First, you’ll typically want to use wood to stake off where the concrete will be poured. If you’re pouring concrete over an older slab of cement (which is possible, in some situations) you may need to use rebar to add strength and stability.
You also need to keep in mind rain and water. It’s often best to create a slight angle for your concrete so that rain and water will then run off of the concrete and away from your home.
Sound like a lot of work? It is! Remember, you can always hire a concrete contractor.