08 Jul How Long Does Stamped Concrete Last?
Stamped concrete is a quick and easy way to create a stunning driveway or patio that resembles a more expensive alternative such as brick, stone, tile, or paving as it has colour, pattern, and/or texture added to it.
Longevity of Stamped Concrete
Perfectly installed stamped concrete should last as long as traditional concrete, however, it is common for stamped concrete to last longer because of the sealant used to protect the stamped pattern and colour.
By choosing a stamped concrete surface, you will have many patterns and colours to choose from, when choosing your design. There are endless possibilities with stamped concrete, and this makes it such a popular and unique surface.
The durability of Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is as durable as traditional concrete, but we should mention some designs are more susceptible to surface cracking or injury. If the design has particularly thin edges, this surface will be more prone to cracks, especially for a driveway.
What factors affect the lifetime of the surface?
- Poor installation
- Lack of sealer
- Heavyweights on the surface
- No regular maintenance
Maintenance for Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete surfaces are predicted to last for up to 25 years, however, not every stamped concrete surface will last for this amount of time, but there are ways of making your stamped concrete last longer than others.
For example, maintenance is one of the most important areas for your stamped concrete to last as long as possible. Check for wear and damage regularly on your stamped surface, as the more care and attention you put in the longer the stamped concrete will last.
Remove any debris on the surface by using a brush or leaf blower as soon as you can. The longer the debris sits the more damage it could do to your driveway/patio.
Resealing Stamped Concrete
Stamped concrete is a beautiful part of any home or property. We’re sure if you are already an owner of stamped concrete you are aware that a stamped surface will lose its look over time. Surface sealants that once enhanced the appearance of your stamped concrete start to degrade as time passes, turning the colour and overall surface appearance dull.
The sealing process should be renewed every 2-3 years for maximum effectiveness, but this is also largely based on the amount of traffic that the concrete receives. A driveway for example with a parked car may require more frequent resealing works to ensure that the stamped concrete maintains its strength.
We hope this blog has helped you understand that your stamped concrete surface will need looking after once installed but will be a beautiful addition to any home or property.