Stamped concrete can provide an elegant ambiance on your driveway or patio. This material comes in various patterns and colors, allowing you to create a unique outdoor space. It is a durable option that will look amazing if it is well maintained. Here are some ideas on how you can keep the surface material in great condition for a long period.
How to Keep your Stamped Concrete Looking Great
Use a broom or rinse the surface with some water to remove debris and dirt. Liquid detergent is ideal for cleaning dust and spills. You can also use a brush to scrub stains. Rinse the surface thoroughly after scrubbing to prevent detergent stains after drying. Allow the material to air dry for at least 24 hours or use a blower to speed up the process. A pressure washer can also be used to clean the concrete.
Seal the surface periodically to protect it from abrasion, de-icing products, moisture penetration, and freezing and thawing conditions. Sealing will also prevent the material color from fading. This kind of concrete tends to lose it sheen after a while.
Sealers are usually applied during installation. But it is advisable to reapply at least once every one or two years depending on how often, the surface is used. Sealing is of particular importance if the material is used on a driveway because it is exposed to the elements and frequent use.
Clean the surface thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before you apply the sealer. A nap roller makes it easy to apply the sealer. You can also add some anti-skid product to prevent falls. Allow the initial coat to dry well before you apply an additional coat.
Spring and fall are the best seasons to apply sealer because the weather is not too hot or cold. But you can also apply it during summer evenings or very early in the morning before the sun comes up. Consult a professional contractor to help you select the best sealer for your surface material. Some contractors will provide regular maintenance services to ensure your concrete retains its luster several years after installation.
Deicing salts can help you keep your driveway or patio safer during winter, but they can destroy this kind of concrete. Use plastic snow shovels or plows to remove the ice. Clean and seal your stamped concrete surfaces and ensure you use the right products to keep them looking great. Avoid using deicing salts can cause flaking and scaling.