Driveway Home Improvements – Do It Yourself with Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware in Stockton, California

Written by Stockton Hardware Store on March 30th, 2012. Posted in Blog

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When you need a contractor, you should not hesitate to call one. Trying to tackle a large or complicated home improvement job with a professional contractor can quickly end in disaster and cost you more. But why spend a lot of money for a contractor to complete simple home improvement projects in Stockton, California when you can complete them yourself?

Enhance the visual appeal of your property while at the same time increase your home’s value.

With a slowly rebounding economy and many people spending more time around the home, a great number of opportunities abound for home improvement projects in Stockton, California.

You should considering taking on a do-it-yourself project.

Why not? A bit knowledge of the technical elements combined with the eye for creativity is more than enough to complete a simple home improvement project with help from Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware.

Why are homeowners considering to do-it-yourself home improvement projects?

You do not always have to rely on and pay someone to improve your house. If the job is relatively simple, then why not attempt to do it yourself?

For example, you can enhance your home’s existing concrete surfaces with acid stains, acrylic stains and epoxy paints. Learn a few, simple scoring methods and you are well on your way to having what you need to complete a visually appealing and popular home improvement project.

If you are like many homeowners in Stockton, you may be tired of looking at dreary gray concrete. At Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware, you will find some easy projects from the novice to hard core home improvement do-it-yourselfer. Whatever your skill level, you can have the confidence to provide your patio, driveway or garage floor with a refreshing new appearance in as little as 60 minutes.

Decorative concrete can cost double or even triple that of normal concrete. This is why many home owners in Stockton can not afford it to upgrade their concrete.

At Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware, you can find all the right tools and applications to safely and quickly decorate your concrete flooring surfaces. For this type of home improvement project, you can get by doing the work yourself and may only need to engage skilled tradesmen for the more delicate or detailed aspects of the project.

The skilled tradesmen will be glad for the work and while he is visiting your home, you may consider hiring him for a more involved project.

Acid based concrete stains are becoming more and more popular for coloring concrete surfaces. The acid chemically reacts with the concrete to produce a beautiful color combination that may even react to produce an appearance like that of marble. This results in a natural, elegant looking surface for your garage floor.

Water based concrete stains are an alternative to acid stains and are a lot more user friendly simply because they are less toxic. These stains do not chemically react using the concrete; they are absorbed into the surface pores and act like a dye. The big advantage of using water based stains instead of acid based stains is that water based stains are available in a wide variety of colors.

If you wish to venture beyond the basic staining of concrete, think about using some scoring techniques to create patterns on the surface.

You can make your concrete appear like a tile floor for example. You are only limited by your own imagination. An angle grinder with a four-inch grinding or cutting wheel will be the perfect tool for this. Everything you need is available at Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware.

The important thing to remember when scoring is to draw the pattern on the concrete first and make sure you are satisfied with the way it looks ahead of time, because scoring is irreversible. Plan your work and work your plan.

Epoxy paints make an excellent coating for garage floors and basement floors. Numerous commercial floors have epoxy coatings due to their durability and resistance to chemical spills. Garage floors coated with epoxy look great and are very easy to apply.

The key to most any of these projects is surface preparation.

Epoxy paints are available in a water based form making it easy to work with for the do-it-yourselfer and perfect for indoor applications. Epoxy paints cost a bit more than stains. For a 400 square foot garage, you would probably only need about $200 for all of the materials required for this project.

Well there you have it.

You do not need to spend a fortune to improve the appearance of your home. And you have the ability to do most if not all of the work yourself. With some more quick tips from Fremont Plaza Ace Hardware, you will be quickly turning boring concrete slabs into a beautiful surface, adorned with a unique design and brilliant color.

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