Stamped concrete will need preventative maintenance every few years and quick fixes year around i.e. oil leaks and chemical spills that can penetrate the sealer and damage the surface of the stamped concrete.
concrete: will need to be re-sealed at least every three years
along with occasional repairs from damage by snow plows, if you live in the north
and there will be oil spills from older cars and trucks that leak oil. The best
way to ensure your stamped concrete stays protected from oil and chemical spills
is to keep it sealed.
Stamped concrete that
is sealed correctly when it is installed will not need to be sealed
as often. Freshly sealed stamped concrete will look as beautiful as the day it
was done. Try not to get carried away with too much sealer because the stamped
concrete will start to look glossy and real stone doesn't shine in most cases.
have the same stamped Concrete Contractor that installed your
stamped concrete do your stamped concrete maintenance. They’ll know the colors
to use to repair cracks and edges that have been broken.
keep a large box of the color hardener he release powder (the accent color used
on the stamped concrete) to keep for repairs in the future.
concrete contractors we talked with: tell their customers to use
a matt finish so the stamped concrete will look more natural.
are water based sealers and solvent based sealers: used on stamped
concrete so make sure you know exactly what is used to seal your stamped
concrete. You can’t apply a solvent based sealer over a water based sealer.
Never use Thompson's Water Sealer. DIY Homeowners do this a lot and it will ruin
your stamped concrete, because nothing will bond to your stamped concrete after
you’ve applied a silicone based sealer.
Use sand on stamped
concrete in the winter: to make the stamped concrete less slippery.
Salt eats away at all concrete surfaces.
Immediately remove any gas or oil from stamped
concrete: wash it wish soap and water right away and you’ll be fine.
Don’t use 3000
PSI pressure washers on stamped concrete: this can eat away at any concrete surface. Use a brush with some soap and
water in most cases.
is easy with stamped concrete: use the color hardener (you
saved) to fill in the cracks and the lines will blend in with the surface of
the stamped concrete.
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