If you are having stamped concrete added to your landscaping, you need to make sure that you know how to take care of your new stamped concrete. Stamped concrete can add a lot of beauty and style to your yard, especially if you know how to take care of it over the long term.
#1: Be Careful with Deicing Products
The first year you have your stamped concrete installed, you need to be careful with the use of deicing products. The first winter after your pavement is installed, your stamped concrete will be more vulnerable to damage. You should avoid intentionally applying deicing products to your stamped concrete, and you should rinse off any areas where deicing products are applied.
After the first year, before winter starts each year you need to make sure that your stamped concrete is well-sealed. Deicing products can be harsh on the surface of your stamped concrete and can result in the surface cracking and peeling. Consider using deicing products without salt to help protect your stamped concrete.
#2: Be Careful Cleaning Snow
The second thing you need to do is be careful when cleaning up the snow. Don't use a shovel with a metal edge when cleaning up the snow. You also shouldn't use a snowplow on your stamped concrete.
Use a plastic shovel with a soft rubber edge to help remove the snow from your stamped concrete. You can also sweep the snow away or use a snowblower.
#3: Recoat the Surface of Your Concrete
The third thing you need to do is recoat the surface of your concrete with a new sealant every few years. For your stamped concrete to last, it needs to be properly sealed. A proper seal will help protect the decorative images that are etched into the concrete and allow them to last for as long as possible.
A proper seal will also give your stamped concrete a special luster. The sealant offers both functional and aesthetic benefits. The sealant will give your concrete a very specific look; you can give your concrete floors more of a shiny sheen or more of a matte look, depending on the sealant that you choose.
When it comes to your stamped concrete, you shouldn't use a deicing product on it. You should be careful about cleaning the snow off the surface. Make sure that you keep the surface of your concrete well-sealed. For more information, you can contact concrete services in your area.