Stamped concrete can help add value to your home, as it adds curb appeal. A concrete patio is a great addition to your home, but a stamped concrete patio adds even more beauty with it's textured look and color (if added). Concrete patios are very durable, but should be cared for and maintained to help preserve their beauty and to keep it looking like new. See below for maintenance tips of your stamped concrete patio, as well as how to help protect it.
Keep It Clean
Keep your patio clean and free of grass clippings, leaves, and other debris. Sweep it thoroughly with a stiff broom at least once per week to prevent a buildup of these materials. Wash it with a pressure washer in the spring or fall to get rid of any built up dirt and to get it really clean. To get rid of stains, use mild detergent mixed with water. Scrub it gently with a nylon brush. Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water to remove any remaining detergent.
Your patio was probably sealed when it was installed, but over time that sealer can wear away. Apply sealer to your concrete to help protect it from harsh weather and to help prevent any spills (or debris) from soaking into the concrete and staining it. The sealer also helps to enhance the color, prevents it from fading in the sun, protects your concrete from wear, and makes your concrete patio easier to clean. You can find concrete sealer at your local hardware store. Apply it according to the manufacturer's directions, being sure to clean it thoroughly before applying the sealer. Ask your stamped concrete installer about what type of sealer to apply to your particular patio (as there are a few different types of sealer, i.e., solvent or water- based acrylic). When applying the sealer, be sure to do so in thin coatings. Thick coatings may not soak into the concrete, as it should. Apply the sealer using a thick nap roller and a long-handle to make it easier and to ensure the sealer was applied evenly. Apply sealer to your patio about every 2-3 years.
- Do not use any type of deicer on your patio, as it can cause a breakdown of the sealer and your concrete. Use sand instead to help add traction.
- Cracks should be taken care of immediately to help prevent them from getting larger and damaging your entire patio. Seal them using a concrete caulk.
- Avoid doing any type of dirty work on your decorative patio to prevent grease, oil or paint spills from staining your patio. In the event of this type of catastrophe, clean up the spills immediately to prevent them from soaking into your concrete.
Take good care of your stamped concrete to help lengthen the life of your patio and to keep it looking like new.