5 Common Misconceptions About Stamped Concrete Driveways

Stamped concrete is becoming a trend for both indoor and outdoor surfaces nowadays because of its expensive-looking aesthetics at a more affordable cost. However, some homeowners are still quite hesitant about it because of some misconceptions that they have come to believe are true. Some people think that they are expensive, while others think that they are difficult to maintain. In this article, we will debunk 5 of the most common misconceptions about stamped concrete driveways. Here are the 5 common misconceptions about stamped concrete driveways:

1.  Stamped concrete is only for big, commercial projects.

Fact: While stamped concrete is often used for large commercial projects, it can also be a great option for residential driveways. It’s a versatile material that can be customized to fit any budget or project size.

2.  Stamped concrete is expensive.

Fact: The cost of stamped concrete varies depending on the design, size, and location of the project. However, it is typically more affordable than other paving materials such as natural stone or brick pavers.

3.  Stamped concrete is difficult to install.

Fact: While stamped concrete is a bit more involved than pouring a traditional concrete slab, it’s not as difficult as you might think. With the help of a professional contractor, your stamped concrete driveway can be installed in no time.

4. Stamped concrete is high maintenance.

Fact: Stamped concrete is very low maintenance. It doesn’t require sealing or annual power washing like other paving materials. All it needs is occasional sweeping and mopping to keep it looking its best.

5. Stamped concrete will crack over time.

Fact: While all concrete can crack, stamped concrete is less likely to do so because it’s reinforced with steel mesh or rebar. Plus, any cracks that do occur can easily be repaired with a concrete repair kit.

Is Stamped Concrete prone to cracking or fading?

Stamped concrete is just as durable as regular concrete. Stamped concrete can sometimes be even more durable because it is less likely to crack than regular concrete. Stamped concrete will also not fade over time.  The color is added to the concrete when it is first mixed, so it will keep its color for years to come.

The average lifespan of stamped concrete

Stamped concrete should endure for up to 25 years if installed and maintained correctly. If the stamped concrete slabs have equal depth throughout the paved space and were stamped while slightly damp but malleable, they should last for 25 years. However, if the stamped portion of the driveway bears a lot of weight with time,  you may need to replace the concrete before the period ends.

How to keep your stamped concrete looking great

Stamped concrete is a beautiful and durable option for driveways, but it does require some maintenance to keep it looking its best. Here are the tips to keep your stamped concrete driveway looking great:

  • Over-sealing stamped concrete is not recommended. Typically, a good sealer will keep at least 18 months. Frequently sealing, for example, once a year, can cause the coating to build up. The sealer may yellow over time and obscure the original stain’s color. When this occurs, you’ll need to scrap the layer entirely and start over.
  • Never clean stamped concrete with a pressure washer. The high-pressure tears down the sealer over time, reducing its protection, gloss, and predicted life.
  • Always rinse stamped concrete with a garden hose. This will extend the life of the sealer.
  • When cleaning stamped concrete, always use a mild cleanser. The cleaner will remove the grime that is trapped in the stamping concrete’s valleys and crannies. Using SealGreen Oil Cleaner/Degreaser as a cleaning agent is recommended.
  • Make sure you don’t get overspray from your lawn sprinklers. The sealer will be worn away after continuous exposure to water on the surface, resulting in milky white stains (humidity) and subsequently exposing the concrete color to the environment.
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  • Pets should not be allowed on the stamped concrete. The urine of the pets is very acidic and causes the sealer to stain and deteriorate with time.
  • Salts and deicers should be avoided. Deicers and salts are highly acidic, causing the sealer to degrade rapidly. We recommend utilizing a concrete-safe deicer to prevent damage to your concrete.

These are only a few of the most typical misconceptions that influence stamped concrete decisions all over the world. Some could be the product of a misunderstanding, while others could be the consequence of a horrific stamped concrete encounter. Whatever you hear about this particular decorative concrete application, homeowners should speak with a competent stamped concrete contractor first to clear any doubts. This way, they’ll get the appropriate information, allowing them to make more informed decisions on floor resurfacing jobs.

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