Unlike wood decks and pavers, stamped concrete maintenance is quick and easy. Although you may have heard that one of the benefits of concrete is that it's maintenance free, a little work can significantly extend the life and keep your concrete looking nice. This is especially true in harsh climates. By harsh climates, I mean places that see many freeze and thaw cycles within a year. That is concrete's worst enemy.
|Concrete on the right has fresh coat of sealer. Notice the difference and how the sealer not only protects it, but also brings the color back and makes it look "new" again.|
Along with protection from the elements, a little maintenance can protect concrete from getting those ugly stains from rust, grease, mold, etc.
Stamped concrete isn't cheap, it's an investment in your home and you probably want to protect your investment. The way to do this is keep it coated with a concrete sealer. This keeps water and any other substance from penetrating the surface and collecting in the pores of the concrete.
How do you know when it's time to reseal? If the concrete looks much better when it is wet vs. dry or the concrete readily absorbs water and darkens the instant water hits it, then a new sealcoat is in order.
Simply clean the surface, let it dry, and apply a coat of clear concrete sealer with a sprayer, brush, or roller. A roller is usually the preferred method because you get a more even application and you don't have to worry about overspray. For most surfaces this should be done every two or three years depending on the amount of traffic it sees. Driveways may need an annual application for maximum protection.
A little stamped concrete maintenance will protect your concrete, refresh its appearance, and make cleanup up of any messes or spills a cinch.
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