When you’re doing construction on your property, you often want to get the job done yourself. This makes sense because the idea of DIY projects is that you save money and avoid the hassle of trying to coordinate with another group of people and find a suitable time to get the job done. When it comes to concrete cutting, however, this is something we dissuade. Concrete cutting comes with many dangers that make doing the job yourself incredibly risky. Here is why you should avoid doing DIY concrete cutting projects.
DIY Concrete Cutting Takes Longer Than You Think
Doing a cutting project yourself isn’t as simple as choosing a time and getting to work. It takes time and commitment to get a job done. Without the expertise to do the job right, this is going to be more of a hassle than most people expect.
You have to design the project, figure out what equipment will be needed, and purchase it, allocate time to get the project done using your own staff, and acquire permits so that you’ll be allowed to go through with your project. It’s a lot to juggle, and it can easily slow down your business’s overall efficiency.
You’ll Have to Keep an Eye on the Weather
Weather isn’t always the most interesting topic of discussion, but it plays a monumental role in your concrete cutting project. While concrete can be solid and durable, this only holds true once it settles. But many factors can impact concrete’s ability to settle, such as rain, humidity, and fluctuations in temperature. If you don’t account for everything, your concrete won’t set the right way, and the project will be ruined.
If you’re considering laying down a new concrete slab, there’s good reason to believe that there will already be something in the spot in which you want to work. You have to think about how you’ll remove obstructions. Demolishing old structures can be a dangerous ordeal and is often best for professionals to handle so they can do it safely.
DIY Concrete Cutting Makes it Harder to Stay Safe
It’s not just the concrete cutting project that has to go well. You have to stay in good condition as well, and professionals know much more about staying safe than someone who has no experience cutting concrete.
You have to worry about inhaling too much dust, coming into contact with highly corrosive lime, and cutting yourself on pieces of debris that can sometimes appear on job sites. If you aren’t experienced doing this type of job, there’s a much greater chance of you getting hurt while working.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.