On some construction jobs you may be able to do your own concrete cutting with the tools and manpower already at your disposal, but in other cases it’s wisest to hire a concrete sawing specialist.
Here are three questions to ask yourself when deciding whether the job you’re planning is a do-it-yourself opportunity or whether it warrants hiring professionals.
Does the Job Require More Tools and Time than You Have?
Some concrete cutting projects, such as making joints in just-laid concrete slabs, can often be done with handheld saws. But if you need a heavy-duty sawing job, such as one that requires cutting all the way through a slab to access pipes, you’ll need bigger, stronger tools. Professional concrete cutting experts can easily identify which saws and blades to use for the job at hand, and they have a wide range of relevant tools available. If you want to do the job yourself but don’t have all the right tools, your expenses could go way up. The expenses related to doing concrete drilling or cutting on your own could include:
- Diamond saw blades
- Buying or renting powerful handheld saws
- Buying or renting huge concrete-sawing machines
- Specialized masonry drill bits
- Buying or renting hammer drills
Does the Cutting or Drilling Require Precision?
Like any skill set, concrete cutting and drilling skills have to be developed over time before you can achieve mastery. A professional concrete cutter can offer precision performance because of extensive experience with how concrete will respond to a saw blade or drill bit. There are many reasons why you might need a precision cutting or drilling job. For example:
- When drilling holes for screws, you need each hole to be neither too large nor too small so the screw will fit properly.
- When you’re cutting or drilling decorative concrete surfaces, precision work helps maintain a neat, professional finished appearance.
Does the Situation Have Unique Challenges?
If you’re not used to battling the challenges common to concrete cutting, you may find the job very frustrating and anxiety-producing, especially if it’s a particularly tricky one. If the job has to be done in a tight space, requires drilling holes at odd angles, or other challenges, letting experts tackle the job can be best for both your peace of mind and your odds of success.
If you answered “yes” to any of these three questions, you should consider trading your efforts out for expert-level service. And if you have more questions about how Cobra Concrete can help you, contact us today.