It’s crucial to keep up with regular maintenance for stamped concrete in order for surfaces to last as long as possible. Types of regular maintenance include adding protective sealant as needed and regularly sweeping and washing surfaces.
Despite its added decorative beauty, stamped concrete is incredibly strong and durable just like traditional concrete–hence why it is such a popular material for paving surfaces.
It often comes as a surprise to people, but in some cases stamped concrete is more durable than traditional concrete. This is especially true if a color hardener is added to the surface. The hardener doesn’t only impact the visual appearance of concrete; it also increases surface strength so that it is more resistant to moisture penetration, scuffs and abrasions.
5 Maintenance Tips For Stamped Concrete
#1. Apply Several Coats Of Protective Sealer To New Stamped Concrete
Most contractors add a few coats of protective sealant to stamped concrete before considering a job well done. Sealant sits on top of concrete and acts as a protective shield against oil, grease, deicing chemicals, stains and so forth. There are good and bad sealants out there. An experienced contractor will know which to use in order to provide the best and longest lasting results.
A good quality sealant makes it much easier to clean stamped concrete surfaces. Dirt and other debris are much easier to remove because they don’t have the opportunity to seep beneath the top layer as quickly.
Even well applied and seal coated stamped concrete requires additional maintenance to stay in good shape and last as long as possible.
#2. Regularly Sweep and Wash Stamped Concrete
Keep your stamped concrete free of debris, leaves, dust and dirt. Depending on concrete’s exposure to traffic and the elements, you’ll need to sweep and wash surfaces as often as once a day. A blower is a great tool to remove all debris rather quickly. For less frequented surfaces, you could get away with sweeping and washing less frequently, perhaps once a week or once every other week. This is an important part of overall maintenance because it’s easy, fast and virtually free. Yet, it removes a number of things that might otherwise develop into more stubborn stains.
Taking the time to quickly clean surfaces also gives you the ideal opportunity to notice any signs of damage so that you can take care of repairs ASAP.
Exterior surfaces can be pressure washed or hand scrubbed using a mild detergent. Before using just any substance to clean stamped concrete, always sample a little cleaner on a discreet area in order to ensure it doesn’t stain surfaces or cause any other issues.
#3. Fix Issues As They Arise
The moment you notice something isn’t right with your stamped concrete, it’s time to call out a professional to address the issue. The faster you take care of maintenance repairs the better off your stamped concrete will be.
Smaller issues, like tire stains, should also be addressed right away. You can remove most stains using a variety of methods, such as applying certain cleaning chemicals or power washing.
#4. Avoid Deicers
Deicing salts are common in the winter but these chemicals can have an adverse effect on stamped concrete, as well as many other ground surfaces. Deicers are also known to negatively impact the environment. It is especially important to not use deicers the first winter following installation of stamped concrete. No matter how hard you try, it might be hard to avoid all contact with deicers. For instance, car tires can transfer deicers from roadways onto stamped concrete surfaces. This brings us back to the importance of step 2.
#5. Reapply Sealer As Needed
Since sealant is on the top layer it is exposed to the most wear and tear, which means it starts breaking down almost right away. As sealants break down your stamped concrete will start to lose its natural shine, at which point it’s time to reapply sealant.
Sealant helps maintain the color and beauty of stamped concrete, while also providing an extra layer of protection against scuffs, dirt, scratches and so forth. This is especially important for stamped concrete that gets a lot of traffic.
We are more than happy to help you find the right sealant for your asphalt. In fact, Kleenco Construction provides leading stamped concrete installations, maintenance and repairs. Contact us today to learn more.