A properly installed and maintained stamped concrete can last for decades or even longer. With routine maintenance, stamped concrete is highly durable. It can withstand exposure to harsh conditions such as heavy traffic or severe weather. Below is a list of some of the ways to help keep your stamped concrete last as long as possible:
1. Apply color hardener to the surface. Not only does a color hardener adds beautiful coloring to the surface of a stamped concrete, it also enhances the durability of the surface making it more resistant to penetration and abrasion. You can learn more about the coloring methods of stamped concrete.
2. Protective sealer application. Coating the surface with a protective sealer is the best way to prevent dirt, oil and grease stains, deicing chemicals, and other substances from penetrating the concrete. Furthermore, a protective sealer makes it easier for you to clean the concrete. It can also enhance any coloring applied to the surface and help prevent its fading from exposure to UV light.
3. Always make sure that the concrete contractor you hired is using the correct concrete mix. The mix should be able to withstand the conditions it will be exposed to. A protective coating or a sealer won’t save the concrete if it’s not correctly installed.
4. The freeze and thaw effect can damage the appearance of stamped concrete so make sure to protect it. There are concrete mixes that are resistant to freeze-thaw damages including popouts, cracking, and ugly flaking or scaling of the surface.
5. Do not use deicing salts to remove frost on your stamped concrete. Deicing salts can damage the sealer leaving white, hazy marks on the concrete. It can even be worse by removing the sealer from the concrete.