DIY concrete projects can be a lot of fun, but they can also be quite challenging. 

If you’re not careful, you may end up with a failed project that’s expensive and time-consuming to fix. 

Here are the three most common causes of DIY concrete patio failure.

1. The concrete template or form is uneven.

If the template or form that you’re using to pour the concrete is uneven, your finished project will likely be uneven as well. To avoid this, make sure that you level off the area where you’ll be pouring the concrete before you begin. 

You can use a level or a long straight edge to make sure that the area is even. Once you’ve leveled off the area, you’ll need to make sure that the form or template is level as well. 

If it’s not, your concrete will end up being uneven, increasing your risk of cracking and collapse. Your concrete will also look funky if it’s not the same thickness all around.

2. There is no concrete form or template.

If you’re not using a form or template at all to pour your concrete, you’re likely to end up with a failed project. A form will hold your concrete in your desired shape as it hardens. This is vital to support it as it dries and sets. 

Without a form or template, the concrete will likely crack and crumble. Using the wrong size concrete pad is another common mistake. If the pad is too small, it will put stress on the concrete and could cause it to crack. If the pad is too large, the concrete will be too thin and could also crack. 

Make sure that you pour your concrete onto a pad that’s the right size for your project.

3. You rushed the measurements.

One of the most important aspects of any concrete project is getting the measurements right. If you’re not careful, you may end up with the improper water to dry mix ratio, causing your concrete to become brittle and crack prematurely.

To avoid these problems, take your time when measuring the components of your mixture and double-check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure they’re correct. 

These are just a few of the most common causes of DIY concrete patio failure. By hiring a professional to complete your project, you can avoid these mistakes and rest assured that your concrete will last for years to come. At Port Aggregates, our concrete contractors create beautiful, functional pours every time. Contact us today to request a free quote.

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