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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal


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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

Most people spend their time dreaming up ways to improve the insides of their home. They renovate their kitchens, install new flooring, and paint the walls in vibrant colors. As far as I am concerned, however, the outside of the home is just as vital. After working for years as a landscape architect, I'm passionate about the form and function of yards, porches, decks, gardens, and other outdoor spaces. An inviting exterior welcomes guests to my home and encourages them to enjoy themselves. I decided to create a blog that would extol the virtues of curb appeal—and maybe inspire you to take your homemaking efforts outside.

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Three Mistakes You Are Making With Your Ready Mix Concrete

Ready mix concrete seems easy enough, but sometimes the easiest things can be the hardest to accomplish. If you are having some issues with the consistency, durability, or anything with the mixing and outcome of your ready mix concrete you may be experiencing one of three common issues. These issues are actually mistakes that you may be making, but don't worry, they can easily be corrected.

Bad Preparation

A mistake that many people make with ready mix concrete actually has more to do with the site preparation than the concrete itself. In order for the concrete mix to pour, spread, and set properly the work site must be prepared properly. For example, if you are pouring concrete for a driveway or sidewalk, you want to make sure that the pouring pit is set deep enough and is lined properly. This is a must have step in order to ensure that the concrete settles and doesn't crack or break in a short amount of time.

Improper Mixing

Mixing the concrete properly can lead to bad pours, cracks, or the concrete not setting at all. This is usually because the mix is too wet, too dry, or not the right concrete mix for the job. To avoid this, read the directions carefully. Some instructions will tell you what consistency to look for when you are mixing. Unfortunately this is often overlooked, and you may think the concrete appears too dry when it is actually where it needs to be. You add water and end up with a mixture that is far too wet to achieve the results you need.

Skipping Final Steps

You may have issues with the final product because you skipped some of the final steps. One of the steps that is often overlooked is to level the concrete. If you look at your finished product and feel that it is level, you may be missing air pockets and other issues that you can't see. This will cause the settling of the ready mix concrete to have pockets, breaks, cracks, and even holes. Take the time to level out your concrete before it dries. Work out any air pockets and smooth over the final product before letting it set completely.

These are just three of the mistakes you may be making with your ready mix concrete. If you continue to have issues, contact a concrete professional at a company like Corey Co LLC. They can help you with the entire process and give you the outcome you have been looking for.