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Beautifying Your Home With Concrete

By Manolo Sandoval

Did your Realtor wince when he/she saw your beat-up, discolored, weed filled driveway? Did your mother-in-law almost take a fall on your cracked walkway last time she came for a visit? Is it time to re-do the deck around the swimming pool?

Summer is here and it’s the perfect time of year to get quotes on renovating and beautifying your home’s concrete areas. Concrete is the home renovation industry’s best kept secret. Homeowners believe that they can’t afford upgrades to the concrete areas of their home, when in fact it’s one of the best investments you can make to maintain your homes’ value and indeed enhance it. Concrete products actually strengthen over the years and have very low maintenance. This guarantees that your investment is long term.

Some customers have had bad experiences with contractors and don’t realize that there are trustworthy, honest and affordable concrete contractors who take great pride in their work and want to provide them with excellent service. Nowadays with the Internet it is easy to get information on a contractor before you authorize the work. A quick search will reassure you if your concrete contractor is reputable.

Existing areas in your home can be upgraded, or new additions, such as driveways, slabs, patios, sidewalks, porches, walkways, curbs, pool walks, decks, and steps. Concrete products are available in regular concrete, stamped, or colored, or finishes. Stone finishes are the perfect answer to the pricey stone work that you might see in very upscale homes and businesses. The versatility and array of styles and colors of concrete is very impressive. You can easily find a style that will accent and dramatize your house.

If you love outdoor living then you should definitely look into a spacious patio for lounging, grilling and enjoying your backyard. Patios can be simple or intricate designs. A patio can cut down on some of that yard work too, while providing an inviting area to relax in.

First impressions are always vitally important, as your Realtor will tell you. A cracked and weed infested driveway, or a gravel or dirt driveway may be a deal breaker for the buyer looking for their next home. A driveway may be able to be repaired, or it may make more sense to replace it completely.

I would suggest looking into the use of concrete for many of your home’s remodeling and beautification projects.

Manolo Sandoval

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