Street appeal makes a home feel welcoming when you return from a hard day at work, but is also important when you’re renting out or selling your home. Outdoor surfaces like paths, pool surrounds, decks, patios and courtyards should look great and be durable and practical to maintain.
Combine your outdoor surfaces with softscape elements like water features, shrubs and flowers to connect your garden with your indoor-outdoor living areas.
Untidy, weed-filled driveways, paths and patios have the potential to knock thousands off the sale of your home, so resurfacing your outdoor surfaces might just end up paying for itself! Get a free quote from Builderscrack today. If you’re making your house more appealing for your own pleasure rather than selling, then it’s worth having a look at materials for outdoor surfaces that will last long-term and be low maintenance. (more…)
If you’ve not made a list of driveway ideas, relax. The driveway is often overlooked as a functional slab of concrete or asphalt tasked with transporting your car from the street to the garage. But first impressions count and the exterior of your home is what people initially notice when visiting.
With imagination and the use of the right materials, you could have an interesting driveway for a great price. Pinterest is a great place to start when making a list of driveway ideas. Pinning your favourite shapes, colours and materials to a board keeps everything in one place.
A concrete layer is a tradesperson who makes many different types of structures out of cement. They’ll pour, smooth, finish and colour concrete with special tools and techniques. Some concrete layers will supervise at job sites to make sure that a quality job is done.
The first thing a concrete layer will do when they start a job, is to build a shape out of wood or metal to hold the wet concrete. Then they’ll pour the concrete into the form, making sure the area is filled properly and there are no air pockets. Then the concrete layer will make sure the concrete is level and clear away any excess with a trowel. Chisels and edging devices may be used to add decoration.
A concrete layer might specialise in a certain type of construction work – for example laying foundations for a new home, driveways, patios, repairs and maintenance on old and damaged structures, or public works like roads and footpaths.
Some concrete layers will work as contractors with their own equipment and may work alone, or hire other tradespeople to help on a project. A concrete layer will meet with the homeowner to plan the job and negotiate a quote. Construction is a labour intensive business that requires being able to work outside in all kinds of weather, so a concrete layer needs to be fit enough to carry out the physical requirements of the job, as well as have good communication and reasoning skills.
Their work involves the use of spreaders, straight edges, tampers, bull floats and darbies, edgers, groovers, hand floats and trowels.
A concrete layer may use concrete mix, fly ash, sealer and corrosion protection.