Welcome to Self Improvement Guide
Help Improvement Making Self Article
For a permanent link to this article, or to bookmark it for further reading, click here.
Why Pay For Home Improvements - Do It Yourself!from: Motivated Lifestyle - Archive Material
There has recently been a decline in consumer confidence in the building and construction industry, which may well be the same reason why many are now doing home improvements by themselves. If you think about it, why should they not as individuals tackle many more of these jobs.
Let's face it, a little knowledge of the technical aspects of the job, combined with half an eye for creativity, should be enough to do many home improvements on your own.So why exactly are many people turning to do-it-yourself home improvements!A considerable number of construction workers who do not have a lot of experience or expertise in construction or home maintenance, are out there right now trying to work on these homes across the country. As a result of this, homeowners are finding that many jobs are not being completed to their satisfaction, and sometimes they are even prepaying for services that do not get completed,or are not part of the plan.
So rather than relying on, and paying someone else to improve your home, it becomes feasible that you should try to do it yourself.You can enhance the existing concrete surfaces of your house using acid stains, acrylic stains, epoxy paints, and scoring techniques for example. Also if you are tired of looking at dreary gray concrete, there are some easy projects for the serious home improvement do-it-yourselfer. you could easily give your patio or your driveway or garage, etc a refreshing new look. Decorative concrete work costs double or even triple that of regular concrete, which is why many people cannot afford it, but there are inexpensive ways to decorate concrete after it has cured without having to pay skilled tradesmen.
Acid based concrete stains are becoming more and more popular for coloring concrete surfaces. They chemically react with the cement in the concrete to produce permanent color, and with various different or mottled appearances like that of marble. This results in a natural elegant looking surface. Water based concrete stains are an alternative to acid stains, and are much more user friendly because they are much less toxic.
These stains do not chemically react with the concrete, but rather they are absorbed into the surface pores, and act like a dye. The big advantage of water based stains is the wide array of colors available. If you want to venture beyond the basic staining of concrete, consider using some scoring techniques to create patterns on the surface. You can make your concrete look like a tile floor for example, you are really only limited by your imagination.
An angle grinder with a 4 inch grinding or cutting wheel is the ideal tool for this job. The important thing to remember when scoring is to draw the pattern on the concrete first and make sure you are satisfied with the way it looks, because scoring is irreversible. Epoxy paints make an excellent coating for garage floors and basement floors, and many commercial floors have epoxy coatings because of their durability and resistance to chemical spills as well as their appearance. In recent years however, it has become very popular for residential use with an increasing availability of different colors.
This is not a difficult project to undertake, but the key to successful application is in the surface preparation. Epoxy paints have also become available in a water based form, making it safe for the do-it-yourselfer, and ideal for indoor applications. They cost a little more than stains do however, and to give an example of cost you will likely spend at least $200 for the materials needed for a 400 square foot garage, but you should not have to spend money paying someone else to have your home improved in may cases therefore.
You actually do have the capability to do it yourself, given some decent instructions and a little bit of work.So next time you are planning any home improvements, do stop and consider whether you could undertake the job yourself. In many cases not only will you save yourself a considerable amount of money, you will most likely end up with a much better end result all round.