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Stamped Concrete D-I-Y

Is stamped concrete a do-it-yourself project?
No matter how many projects you may have attempted as a do-it-yourself weekend warrior, stamped concrete is not your typical endeavor. Of course, any professional will tell you it's a job better left to an experienced contractor. Professional concrete contractors know how difficult and time-sensitive a stamped concrete project can be. They've also had the time and sometimes unfortunate circumstance to learn by trial-and-error—a serious learning curve you or your budget may not be up for.

Why is stamped concrete a job for professionals?
Here are a few of the main reasons why stamped concrete can be a challenging project for a do-it-yourselfer:

  • You only get one chance to get it right. Once the concrete is placed, there's no starting over unless you plan on ripping it out.
  • Concrete is unforgiving. If you mess it up, it's not a quick fix to repair.
  • It can be expensive in terms of buying stamping materials for one project.
  • You can't come back and finish it later. Once the concrete starts to cure, you have to finish or there's no going back.
  • Most five-minute tutorials available on the web make stamping look too easy. They typically don't cover all the things that can go wrong that experienced contractors know to watch out for.

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