How Long Does Stamped Concrete Last?
Stamped Concrete Life Expectancy
How Long Does Stamped Concrete Last?
Stamped concrete is installed in the same way as regular concrete structures, a pattern or design is stamped into the surface at the end of the hardening process. Color is applied several times, offering a range of design outcomes that suit almost every design choice.
Longevity of Stamped Concrete
Stamped decorative concrete can last as long as traditional concrete. The average lifespan of stamped concrete, if properly installed and maintained, is 25 years or more.
Can Stamped Concrete Sealer Prolong the Life of Your Concrete?
Thanks to the sealer used to cover the decorative surface, the stamped concrete style and color can last longer than standard concrete. Stamped concrete can last as long as traditional concrete pours when sealers are combined with traditional reinforcement practices. Stamped concrete may look chalky and faded when it needs to be resealed, but when fresh sealant is applied, this should be done every three to four years, it will be restored to its original luster and color.
Durability of Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is as durable as traditional concrete. Some designs are more susceptible to surface cracking or injury. For example, due to the design producing thin edges that are more prone to cracking, certain design patterns may be a poor choice for a driveway or heavy traffic areas. Consulting one of our stamped concrete design experts will choose a stamp design that will work well with the surface area, projected traffic across the city, and the product visibility.
Often stamped concrete lasts longer than standard concrete due to the sealant used to protect the stamped design and paint. The same techniques used in conventional concrete structures to avoid cracking and facilitate durability are also used in stamped concrete, such as proper base construction and expansion joints. Stamped concrete may look chalky and faded when it needs to be resealed, but when fresh sealant is applied, this should be done every three to four years, it will be restored to its original luster and color.
MAINTENANCE FOR STAMPED CONCRETE
It’s important to keep your freshly stamped concrete. Cured and sealed surfaces are regularly checked for wear or damage.
Finally, all concrete curing substances must experience weathering and traffic impacts. Wipeout all chemical solvent or petroleum spills as soon as possible for optimum coating life and efficiency. Using sweeping or vacuuming to avoid abrasive debris. Do not slide, drop or put sharp edges on surfaces that are covered.
Periodic washings with mild detergents will help maintain surface luster. Do not use solvent or acid-based cleaning materials for general cleaning. Hot car tires or turning tires while your car is standing may damage the sealer. Surfaces that will be subjected to car traffic, de-icing salts or chemical exposure may exhibit wear more quickly. Every year, stamped concrete is not expected to be sealed in most cases. A seal build-up can cause delamination issues, so be sure to talk to your contractor about re-sealing.
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Successful concrete projects require careful planning and thorough preparation. Spaulding Concrete reviews the site and designs to ensure that the concrete and base structure follows the criteria for the planned use and that the layout and finishes are suitable for the project. The qualified concrete experts at Spaulding Concrete will be on schedule, on budget and meet or exceed standards by careful planning, professional execution, and strict quality control. To schedule your free quote, call or email us today! We are proud to serve Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood and the surrounding areas.