C&J Guide To DIY Poured Concrete Patio

C&J Guide To DIY Poured Concrete Patio

Is your current patio looking a little weary? Are you tired of the upkeep that goes into traditional patios made from concrete, brick, or stone? If so, maybe it’s time to consider a poured concrete patio in your Tinley Park home. Poured concrete is a great DIY project that can add value and functionality to your property.

This guide by the concrete experts at C&J Construction, will walk you through everything you need to know about creating your own poured concrete patio. So get ready to enjoy your very own backyard oasis!

1) Measure the Area and Stake the Site

The first step in creating a poured concrete patio is to measure the area where you want the patio. Once you have those measurements, use stakes and string to mark out the boundaries of the patio. This will help ensure that your patio is level and well proportioned.

If your patio is adjacent to a structure like a house or a garage, make sure that there is enough space between the two for people to walk comfortably.

2) Dig the Site

Once you’ve marked the site, it’s time to start digging! Use a shovel or post-hole digger to create holes for the concrete footings. The depth of these holes will depend on local building codes, but you usually dig a hole eight inches deep for a ground-level patio. However, you need to ensure you have enough room for four inches of gravel.

If you want a raised patio, you need to dig half as far as a ground patio. Make sure your patio’s gradient is in line with the drainage requirements.

3) Lay the Base and Create a Form

After the holes are dug, you need to lay down a base layer of gravel. This will act as your sub-base and make up for any irregularities in your patio site.

Then it’s time to create forms! These form boards help keep everything together while the concrete sets. You can use wooden stakes or rebar stilts on either side of each wall segment. The first step is creating small sections. Next, reinforce these joints with steel braces attached vertically against their edge using screws (this helps prevent cracks). Finally, nail or screw the rest of the framing into the wooden stakes.

4) Pour the Concrete

Once your frames are ready, you’re ready to pour in the concrete. It’s important to get leveling right at this stage – use a straight edge and level to make sure each section is relatively flat. Pour the concrete into one corner of the frame and use a shovel or rake to spread it evenly across the surface. You’ll want to work quickly as this sets pretty fast!

C&J Construction is a reliable commercial excavating company in Tinley Park. From concrete flatwork to storm sewer installation and repair, our experts have your outdoors covered with their superior skills and expertise. Get a free estimate from our team now and see the results for yourself.