Stamped concrete is a relatively easy, cost-effective installation. A driveway, walkway, terrace, or patio with this surface can boost your property's aesthetic appeal and value. However, to make the most out of the installation, it will need proper maintenance. Here's what you should and shouldn't do to your stamped concrete.
Clean your stamped concrete weekly.
Keep the surface looking its best through regular cleaning. Sweep off debris and dust before washing it with a mild cleanser using a garden hose. Doing so will lessen discoloring and limit wear.
Apply a sealcoat every two years.
Seasonal temperature changes and moisture from rain can form small cracks on the surface. If left unaddressed for too long, these cracks can quickly worsen and ruin the stamped concrete.
To prolong its life span, hire professionals to apply a protective hydrophobic seal upon installation, and every two years afterward. The sealant blocks the pores of the concrete, reducing the absorption of water and the effects of extreme temperatures.
Use cleaning equipment carelessly.
You may consider using a pressure washer to clean the stamped concrete. However, if used incorrectly, the force of the device's jets can cause pitting on the surface.
As such, it's best to leave the job to professionals. They know how to set up and operate the equipment. If you try to do it on your own, you risk damaging not only the concrete but also nearby landscaping.
Water fertilized plants on the concrete.
Fertilizers, such as urea and ammonium sulfate, have acidic properties that can eat away the protective seal on your stamped concrete and expose it to damage from the elements. When you water potted plants that have these fertilizers, they may drain onto the surface. With this in mind, it's best to keep such plants off the concrete.
For help designing and maintaining your stamped concrete, rely on the experts at Bellis Concrete Construction in Cookeville, TN. This family-owned and -operated company has been in business for almost 25 years, providing residential and commercial clients with reliable services and high-quality materials. These licensed and insured professionals can work on sidewalks, driveways, foundations, and flooring. For more information, contact them on their website or call (931) 528-6240.