Concrete is used for more projects than any other manmade material in the world. Concrete is cement, a typical mix of gravel, sand and water. Masonry is defined as the building of structures from individual units laid in and bound together by mortar.
Concrete is used for sidewalks, patios, slabs, brick pavers, stone and driveway. Masonry is used to build walls that retain water or are weight-bearing. Concrete and masonry are used for practical uses and decorative touches in home design.
The most important step before beginning any concrete or masonry job is to contact local power, sewer and gas companies to make sure there are no electric or gas lines that will be affected during the project. Also be sure to wear protective clothing, such as gloves and rubber boots, and keep concrete away from skin as it can result in chemical burns. Brick pavers are easy to install and are very versatile and long-lasting. Brick paver designs can be customized. Designs can build from simple for beginning layers to dramatic for the more creatively inclined. Make sure ground is stable and will provide proper drainage when creating a stone patio, basic concrete slab, sidewalk and driveway.
Concrete and masonry are jobs that involve heavy labor and if done improperly, can be very difficult and expensive to correct. Handyman Matters can complete concrete and masonry jobs that will suit your creative desires as well as function as a long-lasting surface.
When the labor-intensive job of pouring concrete and masonry is complete, the impact to the quality and appearance of home design will be dramatic.