Concrete is one of the most durable building materials around, making it a perennial favorite of contractors and DIYers alike for constructing patios, sidewalks, driveways, and more. When installed correctly, concrete can maintain its good looks and strength for years, but avoiding a few common mistakes—both during and after the concrete pour—will reduce the risk of cracks in the near future. More than unsightly, cracks are susceptible to water intrusion that can freeze and thaw—expand and contract—repeatedly, making the crack worse. The crack can also allow water destabilize the soil beneath concrete, exacerbating the problem.
Fear not: The issues described are easy to avoid. First, check out this video tutorial on pouring the perfect slab from the concrete experts at Quikrete. Then, brush up on how to do things right before you tackle your next concrete project—whether that's a small planter or sprawling patio—and you’ll end up with enviable results.