Tips For Tackling Your Own Backyard Concrete Construction Project

Posted on: 23 January 2016

If you're planning to construct a concrete patio or walkway as part of your backyard landscaping, you need to understand the fundamentals of preparing, pouring and finishing the concrete. Once you understand the process, you'll be in a better position to do the work on your own. Here is a look at some of the basics that you need to know, including the equipment you may need to rent.

Preparing and Pouring the Concrete Mixture

You should never mix concrete until you have the form for the patio or walkway dug, framed and leveled. Once it's ready, you can get the concrete ready to pour. Make sure that you follow the mixing instructions carefully for the concrete that you select, because a mixture that's too wet will be diluted. This can cause air bubbles and weakened concrete.

Pour the concrete into the space using a shovel, wheelbarrow or even a channel and chute system. You can make one using metal gutters or something similar if necessary. Try to fill the space as evenly as possible. That way, you create a level base for the patio. This will make it easier to level everything off.

Level the surface off with a concrete rake. You might even find that renting a power trowel makes it easier for you to level things out. Most equipment rental companies offer things like this, making it easy to get one when you need it.  

Finishing the Concrete Form

Finishing is important to the final product when you're creating anything from concrete, because the finishing process seals and protects the concrete surface. It also allows you to create a textured surface if you choose. Allow the concrete time to settle before you finish the surface. You'll see water seep from the base of the concrete as it cures, which will help to draw out any imperfections in the concrete mixture. When the moisture seeping starts to slow, lightly sweep the surface of the concrete and then add texture with a concrete stamp if you wish. Afterward, you can apply a sealant to the surface to protect it.

When you approach the concrete design and implementation process with an understanding of these steps, you'll be in a better position to create the patio or walkway that you've been dreaming of. If you want professional guidance, talk with a local equipment rental company, like All-Star Equipment, about the tools that will help you get it done right.