Have you ever seen stamped concrete? It is a great way to make ordinary concrete EXTRORDINARY! We have included information below to help answer any questions you may have concerning this process.
Please remember: SALT DESTROYS YOUR STAMPED SURFACES—-DO NOT USE!!!!!
- What is Decorative Stamped Concrete?
Decorative Stamped Concrete is a term being used to describe the process of taking concrete while in its liquid phase and adding color and texture to the surface to make it more natural and appealing. Any concrete company can produce this with the right tools; however, Decorative Curb and Concrete has the years of experience and quality to produce the look you are after. If you want a look that is different and original to you…then give DC&C a try!
- How do I maintain my concrete?
Decorative stamped concrete with its’ artistic palette of colors is created with a variety of concrete stains, dyes and acrylic sealers. Remember that you are dealing with transparent colors and not paint on a paint chart. To maintain the visual appearance of your installation, it should be sealed on a regular basis. We recommend re-sealing the surface the season following installation and after that every one to four years depending upon traffic and use.
- What about the affects of Snow and Ice?
SALT DESTROYS YOUR STAMPED SURFACES—-DO NOT USE!!!!!
Salt and other types of chemical de-icers will destroy concrete surfaces that are not maintained with a properly installed sealer. We only recommends a special acrylic sealer that forms a strong barrier over the surface of the stamped concrete. This acrylic sealer must be well maintained to ensure that the colors in the stamped concrete surface are protected.
- Can You Scratch a Stamped Concrete Surface?
Stamped concrete because it is a special textured surface can scratch from abuse. We recommend using a broom or plastic shovel to remove snow. Do not use steel bars to chip away ice. If a snow plow or blower is used, be sure to place rubber underneath the skids to elevate the steel blades and protect the stamped concrete surface.
- Will Stamped Concrete Crack?
The nature of any concrete is that it will crack. Concrete may also develop hairline cracks outside of the joints. This can be normal and expected. Most of the time the hairline cracks are so small that they will go unnoticed and they will not cause any structural problems. We will give the homeowner the option for saw cutting to control joints.
- How does it hold up to stains?
As everyone has seen at some time, regular grey concrete is very susceptible to staining. As part of our stamped concrete process we incorporate an acrylic sealer that helps seal and protect the surface from stains such as oil and fertilizer. This protective barrier also provides extra UV protection for the color. It is designed to last one to four years depending upon the usage, exposure to the elements and abrasion of foot or vehicular traffic.
- What if I spill solvent on the concrete?
Certain solvents can penetrate the sealer on the stamped concrete surface and break it down. Often a solvent spill will evaporate without damaging the surface. Solvents that can harm the surface include acetone, xylene, lacquer thinner, and paint thinner. If these are spilled on your stamped concrete, do nothing. Simply let them dry and evaporate. If the sealer is effected another coat of sealer should be applied to remove the blemish caused by the spill.