Sealing stamped concrete is essential to protecting your investment.
If you are considering (or already own) stamped or decorative concrete around your home or business, you already know it is an attractive complement to any area. Stamped surfaces are durable and provide greater wear resistance if they are maintained properly.
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Before investing in a stamped concrete project, be prepared to have it sealed every 2-3 years to maintain it properly. If you already have stamped concrete, create a maintenance plan with a professional sealing company to prolong and protect your investment.
Acrylic Sealers are Best
There are two main types of concrete sealers and acrylic sealers are typically used for decorative concrete.
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Benefits of Sealing Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is both functional and decorative. It is installed in high traffic areas such as sidewalks, patios, pool areas, and entranceways. In order to maintain its appearance and stay protected from general wear and tear as well as salt, oil, and other substances, it is important to seal stamped and decorative concrete with an acrylic sealer.
Sealing not only protects your concrete but also provides a coating that appears wet and really makes the colors and textures pop!
Additional benefits of sealing stamped concrete include:
- Protecting against ice, stains, chemicals, and other debris.
- Protecting concrete surfaces from abrasion and wear.
- Reducing cleaning and maintenance.
- Reducing mold and organic growth.
- Reducing fading from UV sunlight.
- Enriching the color, pattern, design, and texture of your stamped concrete.
- Adding sheen to the surface, ranging from satin to high gloss.
- Protecting against freeze-thaw cycles.
Applying Sealer to Decorative Concrete
There are many concrete sealers available on the market today. They can be found in big box stores and on the internet. Since store employees are not often experts in concrete, it is best to work through contractors and concrete specialists. They have access to a greater range of better products at more affordable prices.
While applying a sealer is not difficult, there are factors to consider and mistakes to avoid. A common mistake is spraying acrylic sealer where it’s not supposed to be. The sealer will etch glass surfaces like sliding glass doors or windows. Applying sealer too thick or in weather that is too hot are other common mistakes.
Since concrete sealing is inexpensive compared to the concrete itself, most home and business owners quickly realize it is much better to have a professional apply their concrete sealer. This ensures the application will be done correctly at a competitive price.
What Happens If I Don’t Seal My Stamped Concrete?
Unsealed stamped concrete will not last as long and start to lose its shine and decorative appeal. It would be like buying an expensive car but never washing it or having the oil changed. Eventually, and sooner than later, it will start to break down.
Stamped and decorative concrete can be expensive to install. For only a few hundred dollars every 2-3 years, stamped concrete can maintain its color and pop and should last more than 30 years.
Create a Maintenance Plan for Sealing Stamped Concrete
A concrete maintenance plan should include:
- Spring: Washing, checking for problem areas, repairs as needed
- Fall: Sweeping, cleaning if needed, checking for problem areas, repairs as needed
- Scheduling resealing every 2-3 years as needed.
Experts recommend going no more than three years without resealing decorative concrete.
Precision Concrete offers maintenance plans if you would prefer to have professional concrete experts maintain your concrete.
Ready to Get Started?
Precision Concrete is happy to take a look at the areas you need sealed and provide a free estimate. Once the project is approved our team can typically complete the work in one day.
Have more questions? Check out our FAQ About Concrete Sealing.